3D Printing has come a long way since its inception in the 1980s, but one thing that has kept it from going further is the high expense involved in metal 3D Printing. Metal is expensive anyway and 3D Printers capable of metal printing are extremely expensive, but now we have a solution for those of you who want to try your hand at metal 3D Printing. The new Desktop Metal Studio 3D Printer is here.

Three Part System

Unlike standard 3D Printers made for office and home use, the Desktop Metal Studio 3D Printer utilises 3 different parts to get the full component completely printed. The printer, debinder (the debinder removes excess material necessary for 3D Printing), and furnace are individual components, but are made to be far more compact than commercial metal 3D Printers available today.

These three integrate with the available software to create a fluid workflow, so everything can happen easier than ever before. The software is capable of producing adaptive models from CAD files including STL. The user has the ability to manipulate the individual parts, shrink or expand the part, or focus on one individual piece of the part. This program is made to be user friendly for maximum efficiency.

The Desktop Metal Studio 3D Printer’s tree stage components, 3D Printer, Debinder, and Furnace.

 

Safe to Handle Parts

Metal 3D Printers are amazing, but often have parts that heat up to the point where they are unsafe to handle. With the Desktop Metal Studio 3D Printer each media print head and cartridge maintains a cool to the touch and easily removable casing. It takes merely a few minutes to swap materials, so the system is far more economical than other metal 3D Printing machines.

Automated System

Another unique aspect of this system is the automation of it all. While working alongside the integrated software, the 3D Print bed can be automatically adjusted to fit with the intricate nature of the print. Automatic leveling and automatic extrusion make this system remarkably easy to use. Within this system are dual extruders. One works to print metal while the other is a highly adaptive interface layer printer.

What About Safety

If you have worked with a commercial grade metal 3D Printer you understand there are intense safety requirements for the safety of all involved. The hot metal and heated nozzle are potential dangers, so strict requirements are essential. The Desktop Metal Studio 3D Printer is capable of printing high quality 3D Printed parts, but the heated build chamber and heated printing pad produce no hazardous lasers or harmful lose metal powder. This process eliminates the need for standard safety requirements.

Print Sheet Without Glue

Removal of the image once 3D Printing is complete is easy within this system. Instead of relying on print bed adhesives, the designers chose to integrate a removable print pad. The rubber mat holds the part in place throughout printing without adhesives through a specialised vacuum system. The part is then easily removed from the pad without the risk of damage to the 3D Printed Model.

Debinder

The next step in the metal 3D Printing process is debinding. Standard debining processes tend to require external ventilation adding to their overall installation requirements. The debinder for the Desktop Metal Studio 3D Printer does not require ventilation and automatically distills and recycles fluid within for economical and environmentally friendly debinding.

 

Inside the Debinder filling with fluid to prepare for centuring.

Furnace

In the final stage of metal 3D Printing, the furnace, finishes the part. Extracting from the debinder for this system requires no drip dry and no specialised equipment. The piece comes out dry and already cool for easy transfer. Binder is removed during centuring (a process that adds depth and finalises the piece) within the furnace and is completely absorbed into the furnace beneath the centuring area. Two gas canisters make it possible to perform centuring tasks to complete each part. Centuring allows for the part to densify up to 99.8% for a solid final product.

Furnace of Desktop Metal Studio 3D Printer for Centuring.

Fully Functional Prototyping

Some prototypes can be completed with plastic materials, but for those who want high strength adaptive prototypes, the Desktop Studio 3D Printer is ideal. It takes a process that would normally require days or even weeks to complete depending on the part size and complexity of the design and brings it down into a span of a few hours. The final result is a completely solid and strong metal component ideal for prototyping and ultimate manufacture. If you are serious about 3D Printing your prototypes, the Desktop Studio 3D Printer is the top of the line, and affordable way to make it all happen.

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