At Desktop Metal, our portfolio of Team DM brands was carefully curated by the brightest engineering minds to drive the future of Additive Manufacturing 2.0, or production-volume 3D printing.
We’ve paired 3D printing technologies that we view as truly production capable with performance materials and select applications and technologies to help drive the next generation of additive. Achieving this goal requires speeds and costs that compete with conventional manufacturing, as well as new levels of uptime and reliability in 3D printing.
The Shop System™ printer features the most advanced printhead on the market with over 70,000 nozzles jetting 1.2pL droplets at nearly 10 kHZ to achieve high resolution, 3D printed parts at a fraction of the cost of laser-based systems.¹
With easy access portholes, a hand-held air pick, built-in powder sieving and recycling, and a vacuum port for easy powder maintenance, the powder station provides closed-loop powder management and recycling
The Shop System™ furnace is a shop-safe high-temp sintering oven built for cost-effective high throughput of 3D printed parts. Featuring external gas hookup and adjustable shelving, the furnace easily and affordably scales to mid-volume manufacturing.
STUDIO SYSTEM™ 2
Unlike laser-based systems that selectively melt metal powder, the Studio System extrudes bound metal rods—similar to how an FDM printer works. This eliminates many of the safety requirements often associated with metal 3D printing while enabling new features like the use of fully closed-cell infill for lightweight strength.
Designed to be the easiest to use sintering furnace made, the Studio System 2 furnace first heats parts to remove all binders from parts, then ramps up the temperature to near-melting to deliver industrial-strength sintering in an office-friendly package. Built-in temperature profiles tuned to every build and material ensure uniform heating and cooling without the residual stresses introduced in laser-based systems.
Digital Sheet Forming (DSF) Technology
Figur’s patent-pending DSF technology begins with easy-to-use software that creates a toolpath for a ceramic tool on an XY gantry to shape sheet metal with up to 2,000 lbs of force.
High precision is maintained by the proprietary build box design that reduces force distribution across the sheet during the build – a challenge that can impede accuracy, is difficult to predict, and has hindered other efforts to digitize sheet metal forming in the past. Parts have a high quality surface finish directly off the machine with little to no post finishing required.
The Figur G15 has an XY forming area of 1450 x 1000 mm and can process forms up to 400mm in the Z direction. A wide variety of metals and sheet thicknesses can also be processed – including steel up to 2.0 mm thick and aluminum up to 2.5 mm.
Competing processes are so expensive from a capital investment and time perspective that the payback for the G15 is fast for both manufacturers and suppliers seeking lower volume production or prototyping solutions. With the Figur G15, manufacturers can supply their customers with unique metal products quickly without high startup costs and long wait times.
For example, producing a common automotive exhaust muffler would typically require the purchase of a $150,000 die with a three month lead time. At a quantity of 1,000 parts, the cost per part for a runoff would still be about $160 per part including materials.
On the Figur G15, however, the same quantity of parts could be produced in weeks with an all-in part cost of approximately $10 primarily materials and labor. That’s less than 10% of the cost of traditional stamping with no lead time required.