Desktop Metal has qualified nickel alloy Inconel 625 for Shop System™

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Desktop Metal has qualified nickel alloy Inconel 625 for Shop System™

Inconel 625 metal alloy is now qualified across Desktop Metal®’s portfolio of metal 3D printing systems.

Desktop Metal®, a leader in additive manufacturing technologies for mass production, has now qualified Inconel 625 metal alloy for the Shop System™, the world’s best-selling metal binder jet system.

IN625 for High-Strength, High-Performance Flexibility

This material is a high-performance nickel alloy known for high levels of strength, temperature resistance, and corrosion resistance — making it a popular material choice for aerospace, chemical processing, and offshore energy industries.

However, the strength of IN625 makes it a problematic and expensive material to machine into complex shapes. The process typically requires a skilled machinist and special CNC cutting tools, strategies and coolants to shape. It’s not uncommon for cutting tools to be broken or deformed when milling Inconel stock or for the material to deform when the outer layer hardens too quickly in response to machining.

If you produce IN625 parts with additive manufacturing, it is faster, safer and more cost-effective than subtractive machining. Users can directly print and sinter final end-use parts or near-net shape parts that can be precision machined for critical surfaces with ease.

“Manufacturers looking to produce complex geometries in IN625 now have a one-stop shop for efficient Additive Manufacturing 2.0 production,” said Ric Fulop, Founder and CEO of Desktop Metal. “IN625 is a very difficult material to machine, but our technology truly makes it easy. We are proud of the work our world-leading material and process teams have done ensuring that this popular material can be offered across our portfolio.”

In conclusion, IN625 is now qualified for:

  • Production System™ models, including the P-1 and P-50, metal binder jetting systems built for high-speed, high-volume production featuring proprietary Single Pass Jetting (SPJ) technology. Offers high output and low part costs in a wide range of materials.
  • Shop System™, a plug-and-play turnkey binder jet 3D printing system that reduces costs, shortens lead times and increases revenues for machine shops.
  • X-Series models, such as the InnoventX, an entry-level system, and the X25Pro, a mid-sized binder jet system featuring Triple ACT (advanced compaction technology) for low to mid-volume production.
  • Studio System 2™, a turnkey metal Bound Metal Deposition™ (BMD) platform, offers customers the easiest way to print high-performance metal parts in low volumes for pre-production and end-use applications. A two-step print-and-sinter process.

Desktop Metal systems now offer users 18 qualified materials, including stainless steels, tool steels, nickel alloys, precious metals, copper and more. Another 12 materials are available for printing by R&D professionals or in development for qualification, including aluminum 6061 and titanium alloy Ti-6Al-4V (Ti64).

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