Shop System™ by Desktop Metal

Desktop Metal

Shop SystemTM

A metal binder-jetting 3D printer designed for machine shops

As the first binder jetting system designed for machine shops, Shop SystemTM lets your shop take advantage of affordable, high-quality binder jetting technology. It prints end-use metal parts with unrivalled speed, print quality and productivity. A complete, end-to-end solution, the Shop SystemTM includes a printer, powder station and furnace, and easily integrates with your existing shop operations.
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Metal 3D Printing Designed for Machine Shops

The Desktop Metal Shop System™ is the first binder-jet metal 3D printer that can cost-effectively 3D print small end-use metal parts with unparalleled speed and productivity. Internal machine shops, job shops, and service bureaus can now manufacture complex metal parts in low-mid volumes without the overhead, labor, and complexity of traditional laser-based metal 3D printing systems. With the Shop System, you can work with familiar metals like stainless steels, tool steels, and superalloys to build one-ofs to 100s of parts per day.

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Applications 

Serving a wide range of industries including manufacturing, tooling, automotive, consumer, electronics, and oil & gas.

Clipper Blade

This part is a clipper blade used in an electric hair trimmer.

Size (mm) » 36 x 35 x 3.5
Cost per part ($) » 5.74
Parts per build » 684
Weekly throughput » 4,788

Manufacturing this clipper blade would traditionally require expensive tooling for production via stamping or metal injection molding. Mass producing on the Shop System eliminates tooling costs and drastically reduces manufacturing lead time.

Furthermore, additive manufacturing enables mass customization – allowing real-time adjustments to the part.

  Down Hole Tool Slip

This part provides a frictional hold between a packer and a pre-existing pipe during oil extraction.

Size (mm) » 57 x 23 x 82
Cost per part ($) » 56.31
Parts per build » 26
Weekly throughput » 205

This part is consumable and is lost after pumping is complete, so keeping the price and lead time low is essential.

The Shop System allows this part to be manufactured with an accelerated lead time and at a lower cost than traditional manufacturing. The Shop System also allows the part design to be changed for different pumping scenarios.

Killacycle Coupling

This part is a taper lock coupling designed for a high-end, custom motorcycle.

Size (mm) » 70 x 70 x 32
Cost per part ($) » 86.94
Parts per build » 15
Weekly throughput » 137

The Killacycle is an electrically-powered motorcycle built for drag racing. Using the Shop System, engineers were able to design for function rather than for the manufacturing method, allowing them to use a tapered design that would be difficult to manufacture via traditional methods.

The Shop system allowed for a greatly accelerated manufacturing lead time, allowing the team to rapidly iterate on the part.

   Gear Shift Knob

An example of mass customization, this textured gear shift knob can be printed to customer specifications.

Size (mm) » 70 x 70 x 32
Cost per part ($) » 86.94
Parts per build » 15
Weekly throughput » 137

On-demand manufacturing of custom knobs is enabled with the Shop System – expanding design flexibility and avoiding warehousing costs. The short manufacturing lead times allows for many custom knobs to be produced with a variety of different designs.

Printing on the Shop System also allows for a dramatic cost reduction compared to traditional manufacturing methods.

Bulb Nozzle

This part is a custom nozzle for use in chemical processing.

Size (mm) » 38 x 38 x 46
Cost per part ($) » 29.12
Parts per build » 27
Weekly throughput » 319

Manufacturing this clipper blade would traditionally require expensive tooling for production via stamping or metal injection molding. Mass production on the Shop System eliminates tooling costs and drastically reduces manufacturing lead time. Additive manufacturing enables mass customization – allowing real-time adjustments to the part. Traditional manufacturing of this part would require casting followed by extensive secondary machining on a 5 axis CNC. Because only a few hundred of this nozzle needed to be manufactured, it was a great fit for the Shop System. By printing, the entire order of nozzles could be produced in less than a week with only one secondary thread-tapping operation required.

 

    Clutch Plate

 

This clutch plate connects an electric motor to the crankshaft to start a motorcycle.

Size (mm) » 80 x 80 x 15
Cost per part ($) » 49.57
Parts per build » 29
Weekly throughput » 200

Machining this clutch plate would require multiple setups and multiple machining operations. By printing the part, only critical dimensions need to be machined, saving machinist labor, CNC machine time, and reducing part cost.

Sensor Holder

This part is used to hold multiple sensors while measurements are taken in a running machine. 

Size (mm) » 37 x 23 x 18
Cost per part ($) » 7.80
Parts per build » 186
Weekly throughput » 1,490

The intricate geometry of this sensor holder makes the part an ideal candidate for the Shop system. The part was printed with an extreme reduction in both manufacturing lead time and part cost.

Printing on the Shop System also allows for manufacturing flexibility – when the design needs to be modified to incorporate different sensors, engineers can simply send a revised file to the printer.

 

Bearing Housing

This housing is used to hold pressed-fit bearings in place in a machine.

Size (mm) » 73 x 65 x 30
Cost per part ($) » 72.89
Parts per build » 24
Weekly throughput » 192

This part needed to be produced quickly out of steel. Using the Shop System, the required parts were printed in just 4 days and were ready for assembly in less than a week, requiring almost no operator labor.

Printing on the Shop System also dramatically reduced manufacturing lead time compared to traditional manufacturing methods.

 

Fuel Swirler

This swirler is used to push the diesel fuel mix into the burner.

Size (mm) » 30 x 30 x 10
Cost per part ($) » 8.22
Parts per build » 299
Weekly throughput » 1,496

Swirlers are an essential component of burners; small changes to the geometry can have drastic effects on burner performance, fuel efficiency, power output, etc.

Printing on the Shop System allowed for the part to be produced with no tooling, allowing for the printed geometry to be changed easily to adapt for different burners and fuel mixes. Printing also significantly shortened the manufacturing lead time and lowered the part cost.

How It Works

The Desktop Metal Shop System™ is an end-to-end solution utilizing single-pass binder jetting 3D printing technology to manufacture high-resolution 3D printed parts in a fraction of the time and cost of traditional manufacturing processes and laser-based additive manufacturing.

Print Stage

For every layer, the Shop System™ printer spreads metal powder across the build bed and follows it up with a binding agent that is precision-jetted onto the metal powder to bond it and establish the part’s geometry. Layer after layer, metal powder and binder is deposited until the entire build volume is packed with bound parts and surrounding loose powder.

 

Depowder Stage

When the build is complete, Shop System™ removes the build box and puts it in a powder station for bulk and fine depowdering – aided by a hand-held air pick. Loose powder is removed and recovered from each part with a built-in powder recycling system that includes powder sieving.

Sinter Stage

Depowdered parts are placed onto trays in a shop-safe, high-capacity furnace for batch sintering. With an external gas hookup, temperatures that reach 1400℃, and the ability to process high-strength binders, the Shop System™ furnace delivers dependable, high-quality sintering in a shop-friendly format.

 

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The Shop SystemTM Materials

The Shop SystemTM supports a wide variety of materials, including Stainless Steels and Super Alloys, including 17-4PH Stainless Steel.

Benefits & Highlights

Easy to Integrate & Operate

Designed and built for modern machine shops, Shop SystemTM fits seamlessly into your workflow. The system produces parts with outstanding surface finish and resolution compared to laser-based systems, and it does so at a much lower cost.

A Turnkey Solution

Shop SystemTM comes with all the equipment components your shop needs to start binder jetting – from print to sintering. The range of build volume configurations available with Shop SystemTM, including 4L, 8L, 12L, and 16L, lets you scale the system’s speed to your shop’s workflow.

Streamlined Post-Processing

Shop SystemTM parts print fully supported in their powder bed and feature sintering setters that are removable by hand. This reduces the time needed to machine-off support structures versus laser-based systems and gives you client-ready, near-net-shape parts straight out of the furnace.

Unrivalled Productivity

Shop SystemTM uses the power of a high-speed, single-pass print engine to output high-quality metal parts up to 10x faster than laser powder bed fusion, all with the capacity to produce up to 70kg of metal parts every day.

Superior Print Quality

Shop SystemTM prints client-ready, high-resolution parts with remarkably fine feature details. It is capable of surface finishes as low as 4µm Ra from the furnace, and <0.1µm Ra with mass finishing. Shop SystemTM produces fully dense, solid parts, without the need to debind or infill.

Mixed volume production

Produce parts with different geometries simultaneously without the need for multiple setups.

Batch production

Cost-effectively 3D print low-volume batches of complex parts due to elimination of tooling.

Mid-volume production

Produce hundreds of near-net-shape parts every day with dramatically reduced labor costs and expanded geometric flexibility.

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Technical Specifications

Download the Shop SystemTM technical specs for more information or scroll down to see a list of detailed specifications for the Desktop Metal Shop System, Depowdering Station, and Furnace. Still have questions? Click here to contact our team of product specialists.

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Desktop Metal Shop Metal 3D Printer

3D Printer

The DM Shop 3D printer is available in 4 different build configurations and features one of the highest resolution printheads on the market. This 3D printing system has 70,000 nozzles jetting 1pL droplets at nearly 10 kHZ to achieve high-resolution, metal 3D printed parts at a fraction of the time and cost of laser-based systems and traditional machining processes.

Specs at a Glance
Build Sizes 350 x 220 x 200 mm
350 x 220 x 150 mm
350 x 220 x 100 mm
350 x 220 x 50 mm
Resolution 1600 x 1600 DPI
Footprint

199.4 x 76.2 x 162.6 cm
(78.5 x 30 x 64 in)

Desktop Metal Shop binderjet depowdering station

Depowdering Station

The Desktop Metal depowdering station for the Shop 3D printing system provides closed-loop powdered management and recycling. It has easy access portholes, a hand-held air pick, built-in powder sieving and recycling, and a vacuum port for easy powder maintenance.

 

Specs at a Glance
Powder Management
  • Built-in powder recovery and sieving
  • Controlled metering
Sieving Rate 5 KG/hr
Footprint

101.6 x 68.6 x 162.6 cm
(40 x 27 x 64.0 in)

Desktop Metal Shop System 3D Printer Furnace

Furnace

The Desktop Metal Shop System™ furnace was designed to be shop-floor friendly and boasts a high-temperature oven designed for cost-effectively sintering a high-throughput of metal 3D printed parts. Featuring external gas hookup and adjustable shelving, the furnace easily and affordably scales to different volume levels of manufacturing.

 

Specs at a Glance
Gas External gas hookup
Peak Temperature 1400°C
Footprint 161.8 x 138.0 x 75.4 cm
(63.7 x 54.3 x 29.7 in)

Desktop Metal Shop System Technical Specs IconShop System™ [The 3D Printer]

3D Printing Technology
3D Printing Technology
Binder-Jetting
Max Build Rate
Max Build Rate
700 cm³/hr
Print direction
Print direction
Unidirectional
Layer height
Layer height
40 – 100 µm
DPI
DPI
1600 DPI
1 pL drop size
Dimensional tolerance of parts
Dimensional tolerance of parts
300 µm or +/- 3.0%
Build Envelope Size
Build Envelope Size
Build envelope options:

4L - 35 x 22.2 x 5 cm (13.8 x 8.7 x 2 in)
8L - 35 x 22.2 x 10 cm (13.8 x 8.7 x 3.9 in)
12L - 35 x 22.2 x 15 cm (13.8 x 8.7 x 5.9 in)
16L - 35 x 22.2 x 20 cm (13.8 x 8.7 x 7.9 in)
External dimensions
External dimensions
Printer 199.4 x 76.2 x 162.6 cm (78.5 x 30 x 64 in)
Powder station 101.6 x 68.6 x 162.6 cm (40 x 27 x 64 in)
Drying oven 66 x 62.2 x 90.2 cm (26 x 24.5 x 35.5 in)
Blender 76.2 x 39.4 x 80 cm (30 x 15.5 x 31.5 in)
Furnace 161.8 x 138.0 x 75.4 cm (63.7 x 54.3 x 29.7 in)

Powder kegs

Height : 280 mm
Diameter : 250 mm
Maximum Volume : 10.6 L
Binder jetting module
Binder jetting module
70K nozzles
5x redundancy
Printhead configuration
Printhead configuration
1 easily replaceable printhead
Power requirements
Power requirements
(excluding furnace and oven) - 110/220 V, 50/60 Hz

Drying Oven - 220 V, 50/60 Hz

Furnace
208 - 220 VAC, 50/60 Hz, 30 A, 3-phase dedicated circuit
380 - 400 VAC, 50/60 Hz, 16 A, 3-phase dedicated circuit

Live Sinter™ Software

 

A first-of-its-kind software application, Live Sinter™ is designed to make sintering more understandable and repeatable, particularly for users with limited experience with sintered parts.

 

sintering densification

 

[A] Loose Powder
Initial particles are touching at single point contact.

[B] Pre-sintering
Formation of neck between particles; little or no shrinkage

[C] Intermediate Sintering
Growth of neck; shrinkage begins in earnest.

[D] Final Sintering
Shrinkage complete.

 

Sintered part deformation
Typical result Live Sinter™ result
                     Printed geometry             Sintered geometry

 

 

 

 

Using a unique, multi-physics engine, the software is capable of simulating the complex forces and deformation parts experience during sintering, and in just minutes generates “negative offset” geometry which, when sintered, results in straight,  defect-free parts out of the furnace.

 

Live Sinter™ geometry printed, sintered straight.
Turning unpredictability into foreseeable.

 

 

In the absence of this type of simulation technology, many powder-metal manufacturers rely on static sintering supports to control shrinkage. The use of sintering supports, while effective in controlling a part’s deformation, also constrain the part from achieving its naturally-desired shape, resulting in a higher concentration of stress points. With Live Sinter™, parts and supports are both printed with negative offsets, allowing them to shrink in unison without constraint. The result is reduced stress concentration within parts.