After a period of incubation, the Google, BMW and Lowe funded Desktop Metal startup is introducing its two metal 3D printing systems covering the full product life cycle–from prototyping to mass production.
The Studio System is and Office-friendly metal 3D printer, designed as an end-to-end solution, it’s the only way to print complex metal parts in-house and it is is up to ten times cheaper than comparable laser-based systems. With purchase and subscription pricing options, it’s the only metal 3D printing system that is cost-effective for engineering teams.
The system does away with lasers and powders to make the Studio system safe for any facility. Unlike other systems, there are no special facilities or 3rd party equipment required–just power and an internet connection. The two pricing options include a $120,000 full package with DM Studio Printer (with additional printers for $49,900 + tax), DM Studio Debinder (with additional Debinders for $9,900 + tax), DM Studio Furnace (with additional Furnaces for $59,900 + tax), Consumable Starter Kit (media, gas, debinder fluid, effluent filters and build plates), installation and training by DM Sales Partner, cloud-based software & updates and 1 year warranty.
The subscription options include $0 down and $4,000 1,2/month (+ applicable tax) for 36 months or $0 down and $3,250 1,2/month (+ applicable tax) for 48 months. These include the DM Studio Printer, Debinder and Furnace, the Consumable Starter Kit, Installation and training by DM Sales Partner, Cloud-based software & updates (local cloud option available), Warranty and maintenance for duration of service.
The high end production system will arrive in 2018 and is intended as the first metal 3D printing system for mass production. It is built to deliver on speed, quality, and cost-per-part needed to compete with traditional manufacturing processes. The breakthrough Single Pass Jetting (SPJ) process delivers speeds up to 8200 cm3/hr–100x faster than laser-based systems. With zero-tooling needed, it’s the fastest way to manufacture complex metal parts. Low-cost MIM powder, high throughput, and simple post-processing deliver per-part costs that are competitive with traditional manufacturing processes—and up to 20x lower than today’s metal 3D printing systems.
The Studio printer is similar to the safest and most widely used 3D printing process–Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM). Unlike laser-based systems that selectively melt metal powder, the Studio printer extrudes bound metal rods–similar to how a plastic FDM printer works. This eliminates the safety requirements associated with metal 3D printing while opening up new alloys and enabling new features like the use of closed-cell infill for lightweight strength.
The first office-friendly sintering furnace then proceeds to sinter the parts. Fully automated with closed loop thermal control and sized to fit through an office door, it delivers industrial-strength sintering in an office-friendly package. The furnace combines SiC heating elements with high-powered microwaves to sinter printed parts after primary binder is removed. Cloud-connected, the furnace has temperature profiles that are tuned to every build and material. It uniformly heats parts to just below their melting point, removing binder and fusing metal particles to form fully dense parts without the residual stresses introduced in laser-based systems.