Copper (Cu) DM Studio System

For electrical equipment, plumbing and heat transfer applications

Copper (Cu) is a conductive and ductile metal that is ideal for transferring heat or electricity. It is used in almost every electronic device made, as well as in many of the heat exchangers used in oil and gas, automotive and consumer industries.

Pure copper.
Ideal alternative to machining.

Copper printed on Desktop Metal®’s Studio System™ is pure copper. Unlike laser-based processes such as DMLS, which often print chromium zirconium copper (CuCr1Zr), bound metal deposition (BMD) is able to print pure copper. This enables for a thermal and electrical conductivity that you would expect from pure copper.

3D printing parts in copper is the best alternative to machining which most of the time turns out to be a more expensive fabrication process because copper’s extreme ductility and cold workability lead to high tool wear and slow cutting rates. In addition, the printing with the Studio System permits new high-performance designs such as the incorporation of lattice structures or conformal cooling channels to improve heat transfer that is not possible with traditional manufacturing.

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Applications

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Electrical Equipment

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Plumbing

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Heat Transfer Applications

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Automotive

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Oil & Gas

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Consumer Industries

Helical Heat Exchanger

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Helical Heat Exchanger

Manufacturing Copper

This heat exchanger enables a much higher heat transfer rate than a traditionally manufactured part. Used in chemical processing to cool a hot gas as it flows through a pipe.

Full Description

The Studio System allows for the complex geometry of the heat exchanger to easily be printed as a single component. It would not be manufacturable as one component via CNC machining due to its thin external fins and a complex, internal helical cooling channel.

Specs
  • Size (mm): 78 x 64 x 58
  • Cost to print ($): 443.00
  • Cost to machine ($): 2138.00
  • Cost reduction: 79.28%
Technology/Process

Bound Metal Deposition™


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No more waiting for machined or cast parts. Iterate faster by printing highly complex metal parts without leaving the office.

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Material Performance

ULTIMATE TENSILE STRENGTH
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195 MPa

YIELD STRENGTH
(as-sintered)

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45 MPa

ELONGATION AT BREAK
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37%

DENSITY
(as-sintered)
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8.75 g/cc

Performance Scale

Electrical Conductivity
Thermal Conductivity
Strength

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Technical Specifications

Performance & Properties

Performance Specifications

 
Studio System™
As-Sintered
Performance
MIM - MPIF 35 typ
As-Sintered
Performance
Electrical Conductivity, ASTM E1004
85.2 % IACS N/A
Electrical Conductivity, ASTM E1004
85.2 % IACS
N/A
Coefficient of Thermal Expansion (CTE) - ASTM E228
  • 20 - 38ºC: 17.01 *10-6/ºC
  • 20 - 66ºC: 17.15 *10-6/ºC
  • 20 - 93ºC: 17.22 *10-6/ºC
  • 20 - 121ºC: 17.33 *10-6/ºC
  • 20 - 149ºC: 17.43 *10-6/ºC
  • 20 - 38ºC: 17.01 *10-6/ºC
  • 20 - 66ºC: 16 *10-6/ºC
  • 20 - 93ºC: 16.4 *10-6/ºC
  • 20 - 121ºC: 16.7 *10-6/ºC
  • 20 - 149ºC: 16.9 *10-6 /ºC
Coefficient of Thermal Expansion (CTE) - ASTM E228
  • 20 - 38ºC: 17.01 *10-6/ºC
  • 20 - 66ºC: 17.15 *10-6/ºC
  • 20 - 93ºC: 17.22 *10-6/ºC
  • 20 - 121ºC: 17.33 *10-6/ºC
  • 20 - 149ºC: 17.43 *10-6/ºC
  • 20 - 38ºC: 17.01 *10-6/ºC
  • 20 - 66ºC: 16 *10-6/ºC
  • 20 - 93ºC: 16.4 *10-6/ºC
  • 20 - 121ºC: 16.7 *10-6/ºC
  • 20 - 149ºC: 16.9 *10-6 /ºC

Properties Specifications

 
Studio System™
As-Sintered
Properties
MIM - MPIF 35 typ
As-Sintered
Properties
Ultimate Tensile Strength
195 MPa 207 MPa
Ultimate Tensile Strength
195 MPa
207 MPa
Yield Strength
45 MPa 69 MPa
Yield Strength
45 MPa
69 MPa
Elongation at Break
37% 30%
Elongation at Break
37%
30%
Density (g/cc)
8.75 8.5 (min)
Density (g/cc)
8.75
8.5 (min)