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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 and is the first system that can 3D print metal parts at scale. It also allows for support structures to be removed by hand, making post-processing immensely easier.
Desktop Metal announced that it has been granted seminal patents by the United States Patent and Trademark Office for its inventions in interface layer technology for both the Studio System and the Production System. The company has exclusive rights to the patented technologies, which add to a portfolio of over 100 pending patent applications covering more than 200 inventions.
US Patent No. 9,815,118 and US Patent No. 9,833,839 cover the separable support layer technology used in both the Studio System and the Production System. The company also owns several other pending patent applications covering other aspects of the technology.
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