After much anticipation, our Desktop Metal Studio System has arrived at our Oakville head office!
The Desktop Metal Studio System is a three-part solution that automates metal 3D printing. Tightly integrated through Desktop Metal’s cloud-based software, it delivers a seamless workflow for printing complex metal parts in-house—from digital file to sintered part. Join John, Wayne and Rob as they unbox the Desktop Metal 3D printer, Debinder and Furnace.
Metal 3D Printing with a Desktop Metal Studio System is a three step process:
1. The Studio Printer shapes the parts
The Studio printer is similar to the safest and most widely used 3D printing process – Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) featured in Stratasys 3D printers. 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.
2. The Debinder prepares green parts for sintering
The Debinder prepared green parts for sintering by dissolving primary binder. With a low emission design, it requires no external ventilation and is safe for an office environment. Automatic fluid distillation and recycling means there is no need to refill between each cycle. The Studio System™ debinder immerses green parts in proprietary debind fluid, dissolving primary binder and creating open-pore channels throughout the part in preparation for sintering. With a low emission design, the debinder is safe for use in an office environment. Automatic fluid distillation and recycling means there is no need to refill between each cycle. New features introduced with Studio System+ include adjustable shelving optimized for batch processing.
3. The Furnace sinters the parts
Desktop Metal designed the first office-friendly sintering furnace. 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.
Stay tuned for our next Desktop Metal video when we will plug in the Desktop Metal Studio System and start 3D printing metal parts! We will also answer some of your commonly asked questions about the Desktop Metal Studio System.