Desktop Metal Studio System
Hand-removal of supports, fast material changes, and web-based software are just a few of the` ways we’re making metal 3D printing more accessible. The Studio system was designed from the ground up for simple installation and use.
The Studio system 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.
We eliminated 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.
How it Works
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.
Unlike other systems that require 3rd party equipment, the Studio system was designed as a complete workﬂow. Every stage of the process is fully automated and managed by sophisticated software, making it simple to go from CAD to part.
Change materials in under a minute
Changing materials in laser-based systems poses safety risks and can take a week or more. The Studio printer was designed with safe-to-
handle, swappable media cartridges and quick release print heads for seamless material changes.
Easily swappable aluminum gas canisters and optional hook-ups for house gas make it simple to manage gas. The system automatically detects levels and gas type, dispatching notiﬁcations if there is an issue. Built-in efﬂuent ﬁlters, binder cold traps, and safety fail safes keep the system safe to use on the shop ﬂoor.
Expert metallurgy built-in
Designed with the world’s foremost metallurgists, the Studio System combines unique materials proﬁles with part data to construct sintering plans for every part. Closed loop thermal control enables real-time heating regulation throughout the sintering cycle, ensuring every part is uniformly heated and cooled.
The furnace sinters the parts
We 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.
- No hazardous powders No respirators
- No external ventilation
- No 480V 3-phase power
- No stress relief
- No dangerous lasers
- No 3rd party equipment
- No dedicated operators
- No welded supports
- No special facilities