Desktop Metal Studio 3D Printer

DESKTOP METAL

STUDIO SYSTEM 2

An End-to-End Solution to 3D Print Complex Metal Parts In-House

Introducing the new Desktop Metal Studio 2 for metal 3D printing. The first end-to-end affordable solution for 3D printing complex metal parts in-house in a variety of metal alloys including stainless steel, copper and tool steels.

Accessible Metal 3D Printing

The Studio System 2 from Desktop Metal was created to enable engineers and design teams to produce complex metal parts faster, more accurately, and in a safe operating environment without the need for special facilities or dedicated operators. Just print and sinter; A two-step process that doesn’t require solvent debinder or tooling as in the case of MIM (metal injection molding).

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Key Features

Sophisticated Software

Powerful software creates build and sinter plans for every project and material. Automative supports and control parameters ensure a seamless 3D printing experience.

Maximize Productivity

3D print up to 24 cubic inches per day in a wide variety of metal materials. Maximum resolution for the printer is 50 μm

Built to Perform

The motion control system was built with encoded balls screws instead of belts, and combined with auto leveling and a heated build area you get excellent geometric fidelity and build success rates.

 

Advantages

Affordable

  • Up to 10x less expensive than comparable laser based systems

  • The only complete metal 3D printing solution that is cost-effective for rapid prototyping

Safe & Simple

  • No lasers and powders means the studio system is safe for any facility

  • No third-party equipment, external ventilation or special facilities required

Separable Supports

  • No machining or wire EDM required to remove support structures from parts

  • Separable supports allow the removal of support structures by hand

Precise, High-Quality Parts

  • The precision of the Desktop Metal Studio 3D printer ensures high quality parts with densities between 96-99%

  • Parts perform similar to wrought

 Make Metal Work Faster

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

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How It Works

A metal 3D printing process in 3 easy-to-manage steps

Step 1 – Prepare your files

Secure, web-based software fabricates from STL or CAD files, automatically generating supports and control parameters based on part geometry and material.

Studio System - File preparation- Desktop Metal

Step 2 – 3D Print

Layer by layer, a green part is shaped by extruding bound metal rods—metal powder held together by polymer binders—in a process called Bound Metal Deposition™.

Studio System - Printing - Desktop Metal

Step 3 – Sinter

Once printed, parts are placed in the furnace. As the part is heated to temperatures near melting, the binder is removed and metal particles fuse together causing the part to densify up to 98%.

Studio System - Sintering - desktop metal 

New Features

Desktop Metal Studio Plus 3D Printer High Resolution Printing

Print at higher resolution

Introducing the new, swappable 250μm printhead that includes supporting software profiles. This enables new geometries and applications, resulting in achieving smaller parts and fine features with an improved surface.

Desktop Metal Studio Plus 3D Printer In Chamber Camera

Watch a live stream of the build

There are camera’s everywhere, so why not put one in the in-chamber build plate? This camera captures live footage of the part as it prints, and is accessible in your web browser. Users now have complete insight of their part, and have the ability to monitor print success.

Desktop Metal Studio Plus 3D Printer Stackable Shelving

Debind and sinter in bulk

Stackable shelving is a new feature that increases part capacity of the debinder and furnace, giving greater throughput. Increased workload volume addresses bottlenecks typical at the debind sinter stages.

Desktop Metal Studio Plus 3D Printer Retort Box

Produce even better parts

To achieve high quality parts, a new retort box design has been added to support thermal uniformity.

Desktop Metal Studio Plus 3D Printer External Gas Connection

Reduce operational costs

Eliminate some cost of consumables and achieve lower cost-per-part with external gas connections.

Configure a Studio Fleet™

Studio Fleet is a custom and configurable metal 3D printing hardware solution for producing complex metal parts in low-mid volume.

Materials

The metallurgy behind the Studio System™ is built upon the material science and established powder supply chain of the metal injection molding (MIM) industry. When combined with Desktop Metal’s expansive in-house expertise in material processing, binder compounds, and metal 3D printing, the result is high-quality metal parts with affordable material costs.

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17-4 Stainless Steel
(Studio System)

Material: 17-4 PH Stainless Steel

17-4 Stainless Steel is a precipitation hardening steel used in a wide range of industrial applications including those with mildly corrosive environments and high-strength requirements.

Specs
  • XY axis
    • As sintered:
      • Yield Strength: 695 MPa
      • Ultimate Tensile Strength: 925 MPa
      • Elongation at Break: 5.3%
      • Hardness (HRC): 26
      • Density (g/cc): 7.56
Application
  • Manufacturing machinery
  • Chemical processing
  • Food processing
  • Pump components
  • Valving
  • Fasteners
  • Jigs and fixtures
Technology/Process
  • Bound Metal Deposition™

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316L Stainless Steel
(Studio System 2)

Material: 316L Stainless Steel

Characterized by its corrosion resistance and performance at both high and low temperatures, 316L stainless steel is a fully austenitic steel ideal for harsh environments.

Specs
  • Sintered:
    • Ultimate Tensile Strength: 533 MPa
    • Yield Strength: 169 MPa
    • Elongation: 66%
    • Hardness (HRB): 66
    • Density (relative): 97%
Application
  • Chemical and petrochemical processing
  • Food processing
  • Laboratory equipment
  • Medical devices
  • Marine
  • Jewelry
  • Power generation
  • Petroleum refining
  • Water treatment
  • Pulp and paper manufacturing
Technology/Process
  • Bound Metal Deposition™

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H13 (Studio System 2)

Material: H13 Tool Steel

H13 tool steel is hot work steel with great hot hardness, resistance to thermal fatigue cracking, and stability in heat treatment. This makes it an ideal metal for both hot and cold work tooling applications.

Specs
  • Yield Strength:
    • Sintered: 650 MPa
    • Heat-treated: 1250 MPa
    • Wrought, heat-treated: 1525
  • Ultimate Tensile Strength:
    • Sintered: 1325 MPa
    • Heat-treated: 1720 MPa
    • Wrought, heat-treated: 1950 MPa
  • Elongation at Break:
    • Sintered: 2.3%
    • Heat-treated: 5.8%
    • Wrought, heat-treated: 9%
  • Hardness:
    • Sintered: 35
    • Heat-treated: 45
    • Wrought, heat-treated: 54
  • Density:
    • Sintered: ≥93.5%
    • Wrought, heat-treated: 100%
Application
  • Extrusion dies
  • Injection molds
  • Hot forging dies
  • Die casting cores, inserts and cavities
Technology/Process
  • Bound Metal Deposition™

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4140 Chromoly Steel
Studio System 2

Material: 4140 Chromoly Steel

One of the most versatile steels, 4140 steel is characterized by its toughness, high fatigue strength, and abrasion and impact resistance.

Specs
  • Yield Strength:
    • Heat Treated: 1060 MPa
    • Wrought (heat-treated): 1500 MPa
  • Ultimate Tensile Strength:
    • Heat Treated: 1450 MPa
    • Wrought (heat-treated): 1990 MPa
  • Elongation at Break:
    • HeatTreated: 5.5%
    • Wrought (heat-treated): 10%
  • Hardness (HRC):
    • Heat Treated: 40
    • Wrought (heat-treated): 52
  • Density:
    • Heat Treated: 95%
    • Wrought (heat-treated): 100%
Application

All-purpose steel industrial applications such as:

  • Jigs and fixtures
  • Automotive
  • Bolts/Nuts
  • Gears
  • Steel couplings
Technology/Process
  • Bound Metal Deposition™

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Copper (Studio System 2)

Material: Copper

Copper is characterized by its electrical and thermal conductivity and ductility, and it is ideal for electrical equipment, plumbing, and heat transfer applications.

Specs
  • Sintered:
    • Ultimate Tensile Strength: 195 MPa
    • Yield Strength: 45 MPa
    • Elongation: 37%
    • Density (g/cc): 8.75
Application
  • Consumer and industrial electronics
  • Heat exchangers
  • Antennas
  • Inductors
Technology/Process
  • Bound Metal Deposition™

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Ti64 (Studio System 2)

Material: Titanium Alloy

Ti64 is an alloy of titanium, aluminum, and vanadium with a high strength-to-weight ratio and corrosion resistance.

Specs
  • Ultimate Tensile Strength:
    • Sintered: 845 MPa
  • Yield Strength:
    • Sintered: 730 MPa
  • Elongation:
    • Sintered: 17%
  • Density (Relative): 97.5%
Application

A wide variety of high-performance applications such as:

  • Specialty automotive components, including connecting rods and gearboxes for racing
  • Prototyping of medical devices, including tweezers, forceps, clamps, suture instruments and more
  • Consumer goods, including sporting goods and jewelry
Technology/Process
  • Bound Metal Deposition™

Superior Properties

Similar to metal injection molding (MIM), the Desktop Metal Studio System leverages bulk sintering to achieve densities greater than 98%. Part performance is similar to wrought alloys and it is possible to tune part density with closed-cell infill.

Materials Available

17-4 PH Stainless
316L Stainless
H13 Tool Steel
4140 Chrome Moly
Copper
Inconel 625 Superalloy
Kovar F-15

Additional Materials: By enabling the use of metal powders from the MIM industry, our systems have access to a wide range of existing materials—from steels and aluminum to superalloys and titanium.

Near-Net-Shape Parts

The Desktop Metal Studio system produces near-net-shape metal parts with the accuracy and layer resolution needed for functional prototyping and a variety of other applications. A seamless 3D printing experience, from printing through to sintering, is created with powerful software and automatic support generation.

Tight Tolerances
± .002 in/in (geometry dependent)

Remove Supports by Hand

The Desktop Metal Studio system does not require any wire EDM or machining to remove support structures. Proprietary separable supports make it possible to remove support by hand because it is no bonded to the part. As a result, highly complex parts and print-in-place assemblies can be easily printed and put to use.

Bring Affordable Metal 3D Printing In-House

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The Hardware

The Desktop Metal team designed the Studio 3D Printer to be the most accessible metal 3D printing solution to date.
With powerful web-based software, hand-removable support material, and fast material changes the
Studio System was designed from the ground up for seamless integration into your product development workflow.

Desktop Metal Studio 2 metal 3D printer

The Printer

The Studio Desktop Metal 3D printer extrudes bound metal rods similar to a plastic FDM system. Unlike laser-based DMLS 3D printers that selectively bond metal powders the Studio system does not require any special safety or facility requirements and creates the opportunity to produce closed-cell infill for lightweight structures as well as work with a wider range of metal alloys.

 

Build Volume300 x 200 x 200 mm (12 x 8 x 8 in)
Build ChamberHeated
Extruder AssemblyDual quick-release print heads
Layer height (in green state)
  • 50-150 μm, high-resolution printhead
  • 150-300 μm, standard resolution printhead
Nozzle diameter (Build media)
  • 0.40 mm, standard resolution
  • 0.25 mm, high resolution

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Desktop Metal studio 3d printer sintering furnace

The Furnace

The Studio System 2 furnace is designed to be the easiest to use furnace ever made. It  first heats parts to remove all binders, then increases the temperature to near-melting point to deliver industrial-strength sintering in an office-friendly package. Built-in temperature profiles tuned to every build and material ensure uniform heating and cooling without the residual stresses introduced in laser-based systems.

 

AtmospherePartial-pressure sintering (vacuum-enabled)
HeatingSiC heating elements (4 sides)
Max Temperature1400 °C (2552 °F)
Workload surface area3,000 cm2 (465 in
Workload envelope300 x 200 x 170 mm (11.8 x 7.9 x 6.9 in)

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Software-Controlled Workflow

The Desktop Metal Studio system was designed as a complete workflow, with no third party equipment required. Every stage of the 3D printing process is fully automated and managed by software, making it simple to go from CAD to metal part.

Quick Material Changes

Compared to laser based systems, where material changes can pose safety risks and can take a week or more, the Studio 3D printer was designed to have swappable, safe-to-handle material catridges and quick release print heads.

Office-Friendly Sintering

A first of its kind, the sintering furnace has swappable aluminum gas canisters and optional hook ups for simple to manage gas. Built-in effluent filters, binder cold traps, safety fail safes, and detection systems make this system safe to use on the shop floor.

Expert Metallurgy Built-In

The Desktop Metal sintering oven combines unique materials profiles with part data to construct sintering plans for every part. With closed loop thermal control, real-time heating regulation throughout the sintering cycle is enabled ensuring every part is uniformly heated and cooled.

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Studio Fleet

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Studio Fleet Desktop Metal 3D Printers

Expert Metallurgy Built In

Stainless steel, copper, and tool steels are some of the many critical allows the Studio System brings to 3D printing. Every alloy goes through meticulous qualification by world-leading materials scientists, and our core materials consistently meet or exceed industry standards.

17-4 PH Material datasheet

Desktop Metal 3D Printer Material Cartridges

17-4 PH Stainless steel for strength and corrosion resistanceAISI 4140 low alloy, mid-carbon steel for high strength and toughnessH13 tool steel for hardness and abrasion resistance at elevated temperatures
316L Stainless steel for corrosion resistance at high tempsCopper for thermal and electrical conductivityInconel 625 superalloy for strength and corrosion resistance at high temperatures

Easy two-step process

Printed parts are placed directly in the furnace. No need for a solvent debind, just print and sinter.

Safety First

Odor-free and environmentally safe due to no solvent debind phase. No need for additional ventilators or respirators. Studio System 2 allows users to get the system up and running in no time.

High Quality Parts

Difficult geometry (which requires tall, thin, complex supports) is now possible thanks to new material formulations and print/sinter profiles.

Software Controlled Workflow

No metallurgist or machinist experience is required with an automated print to sinter workflow powered by Fabricate software

Applications

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Machine Bracket

Jigs & Fixtures Titanium 64 (Ti64) Alloy

This machine bracket has been designed using a gyroid lattice infill and titanium in place of 17-4PH stainless steel to reduce weight and material while maintaining the required functional strength and stiffness.

Full Description

It would be impossible to produce this part’s geometry using conventional manufacturing processes due to its complexity. Moreover, 3D printing this new design on the Studio System 2 in Ti64 also makes it possible to reduce the part’s weight by 59 percent.

Ti64 for Studio System 2 produces lightweight 3D printed parts due to its high strength-to-weight ratio, thus becoming ideal for countless applications from key industries such as aerospace and defense, automotive, oil and gas, and medical.

Specs
  • Estimated saving in part weight: 55-60%
Technology/Process

Bound Metal Deposition (BMD)™


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Flower Nozzle

Industrial Equipment 316L Stainless Steel

This flower nozzle was 3D printed with Desktop Metal Studio System 2™ and it is used to atomize fluid in industrial equipment.

Full Description

Due to the complex geometry, this type of part would typically be cast followed by extensive secondary machining. With the Studio System 2™, the nozzle can be 3D printed without the lead times and setup costs of casting, enabling one-off and small-batch orders.

Specs
  • Size (mm): 123 x 123 x 45
  • Cost to print ($): 184.00
Technology/Process

Bound Metal Deposition™


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Lathe Gear

Industrial Equipment 17-4 PH Stainless Steel

This part is a replacement gear for a vintage lathe. Metal 3D printing allows for the fabrication of legacy parts at a much lower cost.

Full Description

In some cases, replacement parts are no longer available, either off the shelf or from the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer). Fabricating custom gears via hobbing and broaching is often expensive. With metal 3D printing, the manufacturing of such parts is possible at lower costs and reduced lead times.

Specs
  • Size (mm): 82 x 82 x 27
  • Cost to print ($): 58.00
  • Cost to machine ($): 260.67
  • Savings vs. machining: 77.70%
Technology/Process

Bound Metal Deposition™


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APG Thread Checker Fixture

17-4 PH Stainless Steel (Studio System)

This fixture pushes a thread checker into a part on a manufacturing line. It stands for repeated use and must be easily produced to keep the manufacturing line up.

Full Description

The fixture must be regularly replaced as it wears out. Printing the part with the Studio System eliminates CNC lead time and frees up the machine shop for more critical work.

Specs
  • Size (mm): 47 x 28 x 15
  • Cost to print ($): 14.00
Technology/Process

Bound Metal Deposition™


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Tri Manifold

Manufacturing Alloy 625

This part converges three flow paths into one via internal channels. These channels would be impossible to machine and instead would need to be drilled as straight holes and plugged.

Full Description

Printing on the Studio System allows these channels to be designed for their function rather than their manufacturing method. This part can be produced in just a few days with very little hands-on work.

Specs
  • Size (mm): 108 x 101 x 98
  • Cost to print: ($) 906.00
  • Cost to DMLS ($): 4069.28
  • Savings vs. machining: 77.74%
Technology/Process

Bound Metal Deposition™


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Generative Piston Head

Generative Design, Prototyping 4140

Prototype piston head for a reciprocating engine, optimized with generative design. Typically CNC machined from aluminum alloy, pistons can be time-consuming and difficult to rapidly prototype and test.

Full Description

It often takes months or even years to move from design to production. With the Studio System, various piston designs can be easily prototyped and tested—speeding up product development timelines, reducing time to market, and introducing new opportunities for optimization, including generative design—all while avoiding CNC backlog and lead times.

Specs
  • Size (mm): 105 x 105 x 54
  • Cost to print ($): 271.00
  • Cost to machine ($): 568.13
  • Savings vs. machining: 52.30%
Technology/Process

Bound Metal Deposition™


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YE6 Burner Tip

Tooling and Machinery 316L Stainless Steel

This burner tip was originally cast in the 1950s. With the Studio System, the company was able to recreate the part with properties similar to the original cast part, with no tooling cost or long lead times.

Full Description

The quote for new tooling is usually in the tens of thousands of dollars. Thus, Studio System 2, a printer that was designed from the ground up for simple installation and use, allows for significant cost savings, especially when it comes to manufacturing obsolete parts at low costs and without compromising part quality.

Specs
  • Size (mm): 139 x 139 x 86
  • Cost to print ($): 193.46
  • Cost to machine: ($) 694.00
  • Cost reduction: 72.00%
Technology/Process

Bound Metal Deposition™


heat-exchanger copper studio system

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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Zipper Mold

Material: H13 Tool Steel

This part is an injection mold insert for manufacturing zinc zippers.

Full Description

The 3D printing of the mold inserts shortens production run lead time and allows rapid iteration and refinement of zipper designs. Using a high-resolution printhead allows for smaller parts with finer features, requiring less post-processing.

Specs

Size (mm): 46 x 27 x 18
Cost to print ($): 16.00

Technology/Process

Bound Metal Deposition (BMD)™