Safe-to-handle, hot-swappable media cartridges have a push-to-release design for easy loading/unloading, while RFID-enabled supply monitoring prevents cross-contamination and ensures you never run out of material mid-print. In this video, Matt Barbati (Technical Trainer at Desktop Metal), gives an overview of the cartridge design and how it supports a seamless workflow for in-house metal 3D printing. Learn more by watching the video below.
Reprint from https://3dprint.com It hasn’t yet been a year since Desktop Metal announced the release of its two metal 3D printing systems, the DM Studio System and the DM Production System. Investors and others had been eagerly anticipating the introduction of the startup’s new technology, and they weren’t disappointed, as the Studio System and Production System looked right away to be impressive developments. The Studio System was described by Desktop Metal as the first office-friendly metal 3D printing system, featuring a 3D printer, a debinder, and a sintering furnace that fit neatly into an office or workshop. It also introduced Bound Metal Deposition (BMD) 3D printing technology, a powder-free technology that involves the extrusion of rods of bound metal. It’s safer and easier than other types of metal 3D printing technology, with support structures that can be removed by hand. The Production System is the first metal 3D printing system to be designed for mass production. It too introduced a new 3D printing technology: Single Pass Jetting (SPJ), which is capable of 3D printing parts 100 times faster than laser-based 3D printing systems. The Production System is capable of 3D printing at a rate of 8,200 cubic centimeters per hour [...]
Desktop Metal Case Study: Virginia-based startup Lumenium finds opportunity to reduce product development timeline by 25%. Lumenium (a Desktop Metal customer of Cimquest) develops an innovative family of internal combustion engines. Their Inverse Displacement Asymmetrical Rotational (IDAR) engine is a novel and totally singular design for producing powerful, efficient, internal combustion. For Lumenium, the ability to quickly iterate on part features and designs is critical for time to market and engine performance. With the Desktop Metal Studio System, they can bring affordable metal 3D printing in-house and realize faster design iteration and functional prototyping. Download the case study by clicking the button below. Download Case Study
Built-Rite Tool & Die, a Cimquest customer, is a mold-making and design firm based in Lancaster, MA. The company makes precision molds for use in a range of injection molding techniques. The Desktop Metal Studio System has been tested by Built-Rite for the manufacture of several components of the Studio System metal 3D printer. These included a “flipper arm” used in the Studio System to “eject the bound metal or interface media rods into the extruder where they are heated and deposited onto the build plate, shaping a green part.” Ron Caron, General Manager at Built-Rite, commented that “Molds must be built to withstand very high pressures. The printed inserts that we prototyped for Desktop Metal were able to pass the first round of tests and successfully molded several parts. In the beginning, we immediately saw some of the advantages of using metal printed components in our molds.” According to Caron using 3D printing allows the inserts to be produced in a quicker time, given that production could be brought in-house. Also, it was possible to design cooling channels in a new way. One benefit here was a weight saving and subsequent reduction in operator fatigue. The injection mold insert. [...]
Lumenium is another of the pioneer customers. The company is a Virginia-based advanced engine technology company. They are also the inventor and developer of a highly innovative family of internal combustion engines (IDAR Engines). The Lumenium Inverse Displacement Asymmetrical Rotational Engine (IDAR Engine) is a novel design for producing robust, efficient, internal combustion. Its unique engine geometry provides unparalleled power density for dramatic efficiency gains and work output from a smaller, lighter engine. Qualities include lower fuel consumption and meaningfully lower emissions through more complete combustion at lower temperatures. Lumenium demonstrates how the connecting rod was scanned. Working with Desktop Metal, an optimized design with self-supporting angles to reduce 3D printing time and material consumption was created. This redesigned part improved the ratio of part volume to material volume with uniform geometry and no overhanging features, meaning that the support structures are extremely light in comparison to the weight of the part. Desktop Metal explains, “On the top and bottom of the saddle carrier, Lumenium typically machines the channels that mate onto the swing arms (also a Studio fabricated part). The Studio System delivers the ability to adjust density in certain sections of the part. We were able [...]
The Desktop Metal Studio System with metal 3D printer, debinding station and furnace. The first metal 3D printing system from Desktop Metal is FFF/FDM based and also includes a debinder and sintering furnace. According to the company it is 10 times less expensive than existing technology today. The Studio System was first announced in April and uses a filament containing bound metal rods that are 3D printed to create a green part. This can then be sintered in the furnace to create a dense metal component. Early reports from pioneer customers praise the process. Metal 3D Printing at Google The first customer to receive one of the Studio System metal 3D printers was Google’s Advanced Technology and Products (ATAP) group. While Desktop Metal cannot reveal precisely how ATAP are using the machine, past projects at ATAP have tended to focus on mobile hardware. One such endeavour was the now defunct Project Ara – aimed at making a modular phone. “This marks the first time our team will be able to use metal 3D printing for rapid prototyping of our hardware parts,” said David Beardsley, manager of Google’s ATAP. “For prototyping, we have previously relied upon casting or using [...]
Popular Science Names Desktop Metal Production System "2017 Best of What's New" in Engineering Highlighting its speed and inkjet technology, Popular Science recognized the Desktop Metal Production System™ with its “2017 Best of What’s New” award in the Engineering category. The Production System is the first metal 3D printing system for mass production of complex metal parts that is up to 100 times faster than current laser systems. Arriving in 2018, the Production System delivers the speed, quality, and cost-per-part needed to compete with traditional manufacturing processes. Created by the inventors of ground-breaking technologies in both 3D and 2D printing – binder jetting by Ely Sachs and single pass inkjet by Paul Hoisington – the Production System builds metal parts in a matter of minutes instead of hours. Leveraging low-cost Metal Injection Molding (MIM) powder, it is designed to deliver high throughput and per-part costs that are competitive with traditional manufacturing processes—up to 20x lower than today’s laser-based additive manufacturing systems. "The Best of What's New awards honor the innovations that shape the future," says Joe Brown, Editor in Chief, Popular Science. "From life-saving technology to incredible space engineering to gadgets that are just breathtakingly cool, this is the best [...]
Additive Manufacturing of metals originated in the early 1990's through a process known as direct metal laser sintering. This process uses laser toolpaths to weld powdered metals into three dimensional parts. While effective, the technology has major barriers to entry due to the volatile nature of metal powders. These powders are reactive and can cause fires, requiring significant investments in infrastructure, including explosion proof rooms, respirators, and not to mention highly specialized operators. All of these requirements result in a high startup cost that can discourages widespread adoption of the technology. With the Desktop Metal Studio Solution, many of these traditional obstacles are eliminated. The solution is the first office-friendly metal printer and it is similar to the safest, most widely used 3D printing process, FDM. Let's explore the process: To begin, a digital model is prepared. The file is sent to the machine and the printer extrudes rods that have metal powder bound within wax and plastic in a process called Bound Metal Deposition or BMD. The resultant part is known as the "green part". In the next phase, the part is submerged in a solution to remove wax from the bound material. It is then placed in a [...]