The long awaited time has finally arrived for Desktop Metal customers in the pioneer program. The first printers from their Studio System are shipping! This printer set is FDM based, including a debinder and sintering furnace. According to Desktop Metal, their printer is ten times less expensive than existing technology today.
Desktop Metal first announced their Studio System in April. This system uses a filament containing bound metal rods that are 3D printed to create a green part. This then is inserted in the furnace to create a dense metal component, with an array of metal options.
"In the world of printing, you're never able to get metal parts where you work," said Desktop Metal's found and CEO Ric Fulop. "No other machine in the world can print metal in the office. This allows engineers to print, do tooling, test parts or design them next to their desk."
In true Google fashion, they were one of their first customers to receive their metal 3D printer for their Advanced Technology and Products (ATAP) group. Together, Desktop Metal and Google's ATAP group will work together to learn how engineers interact and use the printer to gain a better understanding of the benefits and limitations of the machine. Other customers who were involved in the pioneer program include:
- US Navy's Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division
- Built-Rite Tool & Die
- The Technology House
- Lumenium LLC
Lumenium has praised their new Studio System, stating that it shortened their printing process and is 57% faster (three days vs. one week). In turn, this has made their savings per part 85% cheaper (the price dropping to $148 rather than their previous price of $980).
Want to add your name to the Desktop Metal Studio System list or find out more about what the printer is capable of? Download our infographic to learn about five unique features of metal 3D printing or request more information today!