Less printing supports, fewer used materials, less production lead times and better predictability with Live Sinter simulation software.
Desktop Metal, Inc., a global leader in additive manufacturing technologies for mass production, has announced significant updates to Live Sinter — a powerful multi-physics sinter simulation software application that automates the generation of sinter-ready, printable geometries, as well as supports, setters, and inserts, to make repeatable, volume production of high-precision end-use metal parts through binder jetting more accessible.
With Live Sinter simulation software, a key enabler of Desktop Metal’s AM 2.0 binder jetting solutions, companies can now adopt and ramp up production for customers without any prior powder metallurgy or sintering expertise.
- Simulation software predicts and corrects for shrinkage and distortion in part designs in as little as 20 minutes, delivering sinter-ready, printable geometries.
- Now with scan-based adjustments, Live Sinter allows users to fine tune their simulation results based on one or multiple scans to further dial in part accuracies.
- Live Sinter also automates the generation of live, metal sintering supports or ceramic sintering setters, including floating setter inserts.
- By combining sintering simulation with scan-based adjustments and easy-to-use automated corrective tools, Live Sinter remains a unique tool for optimizing metal binder jetting parts production.
Live Sinter’s powerful multi-physics simulation and compensation software delivers sinter-ready, printable geometries that maintain tight shape and dimensional tolerances. After scan-based adjustments, Live Sinter enables correcting for complex distortion effects, yielding parts that consistently fall well within 1% of the target dimension with as low as +/- 0.3% deviation, avoiding distortion, warping, and other common sintering challenges, such as the cost and time associated with supports or setters.
Live Sinter is essential in Desktop Metal’s portfolio of metal binder jetting systems, like the X-series, Shop System, Production P1 or P50. They produce parts that must be sintered in a furnace to fuse the particles into a high-density material. Several of these systems include a Desktop Metal furnace. Thanks to Live Sinter, the costs associated with the sintering process across a wide range of geometries and materials are significantly reduced.
“Within the field of sinter-based additive manufacturing, Live Sinter stands alone for its ease of use and functionality,” said Ric Fulop, Founder and CEO of Desktop Metal. “No other solution offered today combines our powerful, rapid multi-physics simulation with scan-based adjustments and automated support and setter generation. Customers continue to report their absolute delight with this tool to us, and we look forward to continuing to invest in advancing Live Sinter to make sinter-based manufacturing accessible to an ever wider audience, including metal injection molding customers.”
Neil Glazebrook, Vice President of 3D Solutions at ABCorp
“One of my biggest worries investing in this technology was the furnace and the frustration of failing that far into the process during sintering. Using Live Sinter, I’m blown away at our success with the sintering furnace,” said Neil Glazebrook, Vice President of 3D Solutions at ABCorp in Boston. His company invested in a Shop System and Desktop Metal Furnace in 2021 to produce 17-4PH stainless steel parts. The company had no prior sintering experience. “I don’t have to use sintering supports anymore, so I don’t have to charge for supports. I use Live Sinter for everything, and it makes it more competitive.”
Chris Aiello, Co-Founder, FreeFORM Technologies
“We’ve found Live Sinter to be an extremely valuable tool for FreeFORM. The ability to print, scan, adjust, reprint, etcetera, has reduced our lead time by helping us yield product in spec faster than a traditional trial and error loop. The ability of the software to predictively deform products prior to first manufacturing or to take first-off parts and make adjustments have resulted in our customers getting to market faster with product so they can move on to their next development,” said Chris Aiello, Co-Founder, FreeFORM Technologies of St. Marys, Pennsylvania. FreeFORM owns three Shop System printers, as well as a Production System P-1 and an InnoventX.