Desktop Metal Studio 3D Printer

DESKTOP METAL

STUDIO

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

Introducing the Desktop Metal Studio 3D printer. 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.

Affordable Metal 3D Printing

The Studio System from Desktop Metal is the first truly office-friendly and affordable metal 3D printing solution. Engineering and design teams can now make complex metal parts faster than ever before with this safe, and easy-to-use system, without the need for special facilities or dedicated operators.

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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

The Desktop Metal Studio 3D Printer

Similar to fused deposition modeling (FDM) technology, the studio 3D printer is a safe extrusion based process. Produce near-net-shape metal parts with the resolution and accuracy needed for functional prototyping

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.

Speed

16 cm3/hr

Layer Resolution

50 μm

Build Volume (mm)

W 300   D 200   H 200

The Sintering Furnace

Introducing the world’s first office-friendly sintering furnace. This fully automated system with closed-loop thermal control and a small enough footprint for an office delivers industrial-strength sintering.

The furnace addition to the Desktop Metal Studio 3D printer combines SiC heating elements with high-powered microwaves to sinter the 3D printed parts after the primary binder is removed. With cloud connectivity, the furnace creates unique temperature profiles that are tuned to every build and material. It uniformly heats parts to just below their melting point removing the binder and fusing the small metal particles to form dense parts without the residual stresses introduced in laser-based systems.

Heating

Microwave-enhanced

Peak Temperature

1400°C

Footprint

H 150   W 125   D 75

 

Materials

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.

The Workflow

The Desktop Metal Studio System is the only complete solution for metal 3D printing. With a seamless integration between printer and furnace, you have precise control of the entire workflow, from concept to fully finished metal 3D printed part.

Digital Model

The software accepts native CAD file formats–not just STL. Web-based, it runs on a remote or local server so that it is possible to manage jobs from any device securely.

Green Part

Similar to FDM, the Studio printer shapes a “green” part layer-by-layer by heating and extruding specially formulated bound metal rods. The green part can be easily sanded by hand.

Sintered Part

A portion of the plastic binder is first removed. The furnace then heats the part to temperatures near melting, causing the metal powder to densify to 96-99.8%.

Finished Part

Apply optional finishing methods such as machining or bead blasting for critical tolerances and finishes. Supports are removed by hand.

Bring Affordable Metal 3D Printing In-House

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Easy to Use

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.

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.