Automated Fiber Placement (AFP) is the additive manufacturing process of creating 3D shapes using composite layers of heated resin, which also contains non-metallic fibers. This process can result in 3D printed parts that are two times stronger than steel at one-fifth of the weight (which is excellent); however, the technology traditionally requires million-dollar AFP systems (which is not great). Desktop Metal has recently launched its new Fiber™ platform, which utilizes a technology they call “micro” automated fiber placement (μAFP), that radically reduces the structure and cost of the typical AFP process .
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February 4, 2020
Desktop Metal recently announced the launch of its new Shop System, the world’s first metal binder jetting system for machine shops. Shop owners will now have access to the high-quality binder jetting technology to print end-use metal parts at a faster rate, with more quality and efficiency. With this latest addition, Desktop Metal now provides a solution for the full metal production cycle and fills the last gap in its product line.
November 21, 2019
This week's Product Story showcases Ford Motor Company's use of Metal 3D Printing to Produce New Components Rapidly.
Ever since Ford opened in 1903, they’ve been innovation leaders in the auto manufacturing industry. Fast-forward to modern-day, they’re constantly brainstorming new ideas and ways to continue being the leader. Ford’s Research and Advanced Engineering Organization is responsible for developing new technologies and working with partners to bring those technologies to Ford Motor Company. Thanks to the Desktop Metal Studio+, their innovation has greatly improved.
November 19, 2019
Desktop Metal has announced an all-new 3D printer and platform, the Fiber series. This series is the first desktop printer to miniaturize automated fiber placement (AFP) technology, found in high-end carbon fiber production processes, and combine it with fused filament 3D printing. The resulting parts created using the patent pending technology are up to 60 times stiffer and 75 times stronger than standard ABS plastic parts.
October 14, 2019
This week's Product Story showcases Alpha Precision Group and their use of the Desktop Metal Studio System+.
Alpha Precision Group (APG) uses Desktop Metal's Studio System+ to produce a wide variety of parts including jigs, fixtures and end of arm tooling to help their manufacturing floor operate at full efficiency.
April 30, 2019
TriMech has had the complete Desktop Metal Studio System for over five months now, and we’ve had the opportunity to create some incredible parts with it during that time. One of our favorite parts so far is a heatsink, which utilizes the Studio System’s Bound Metal Deposition (BMD) printing technology to its advantage, in order to print a captured hollow cavity that requires absolutely no support or post-processing, which can’t be machined and is impossible for other metal printing technologies on the market to create.
March 5, 2019
Stainless steel materials are characterized by their combination of strength, hardness and corrosion resistance. They're ideal for a variety of applications such as tooling, molds and production parts. In their as-sintered state, material properties consistently meet industry standards.
February 5, 2019
Here at TriMech’s Connecticut office, we had been printing in 17-4 stainless steel using the Desktop Metal Studio Printer beta unit, but in December of 2018, we installed the complete Desktop Metal Studio System! Having the debinder and furnace in-house has really helped us speed up design time on our prototype sample parts.
Now, it’s time to unveil our first official TriMech branded sample part in 17-4 stainless steel from the Studio System, a metal bottle opener.
January 8, 2019
We eat, sleep, breath and dream 3D printers. We're also well aware that we're not the norm and some people are just starting to learn about our obsession. As the printers gain popularity and start getting talked about more and more, we've noticed that there are a few misconceptions about the technology. Rather than turning a blind eye, we're taking a page out of the MythBusters' playbook and setting the record straight.
December 18, 2018
We are excited to announce that TriMech's impressive repertoire of in-house 3D printing and additive manufacturing capabilities continues to expand with the successful installation of a Desktop Metal Studio System in our Middletown, CT print shop! Having installed one of the first beta units in this location back in March, we could not wait until we had this production-unit installed to start fully leveraging all that the machine can do. This system will make metal 3D printing more accessible than ever before.
November 20, 2018
Today, quadcopters, more commonly referred to as "Drones," have evolved into many different categories. From Scenic Quads that are GPS controlled, used to capture amazing scenery and widely used for movie/video photography to a $5 toy for an indoor flying session, drones have become instinctively popular. Now with the advancement in 3D printing materials such as thermoplastics in the Stratasys FDM family, for years we have been replacing traditional manufacturing tools and end-use parts.
As children, we were fascinated with Play-Doh. Excited by the idea of turning a simple cylinder block of soft dough into a monster, pizza, village or whatever else our minds could come up with! Lucky for us, we don’t have to completely grow out of this thanks to 3D printing. And with Desktop Metal 3D printers our designs and ideas are much more permanent. Read on to discover what metal 3D printing is bringing to the table.