USA-based Desktop Metal has begun shipping the first Studio System 3D printers to customers enrolled in its Pioneers Program.
Launched at RAPID + TCT 2017 in May, the Studio System is claimed to be the first office-friendly metal 3D printing system and comprises a printer, debinder and sintering furnace for rapid prototyping (RP) of complex parts. The printer employs Desktop Metal’s proprietary bound metal deposition (BMD) process, similar to the fused deposition modeling (FDM) process in that it involves the extrusion of bound metal rods.
The Pioneers program customers are from six industries, namely: automotive; consumer electronics; government and education; heavy machinery; machine shops; and service bureaus. Desktop Metal has been working alongside these customers at its offices to produce benchmark parts on the Studio System that range from prototypes, tooling, jigs and fixtures to end-use parts for functional applications.
Google’s Advanced Technology and Products (ATAP) group is the first Pioneer program customer to have received the Studio System 3D printer. The debinder and sintering furnace are to follow. Other USA-based customers include Built-Rite Tool & Die, Lumenium, Medtronic, The Technology House and the US Navy’s Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD).
Additionally, more than 30 of Desktop Metal’s USA sales partners are to take delivery of the Studio System so that they can begin demonstrating it and creating benchmark parts for interested customers.
Ric Fulop, chief executive officer (CEO) and co-founder of Desktop Metal, commented: ‘Since the launch of our Pioneers program, we have seen really passionate engineers and world-class companies begin to develop benchmark metal 3D printed parts with the Studio System. We are extremely excited to begin shipping our Studio printer to these early pioneer customers and sales partners, including Google’s ATAP, and, over the next several months, will be working closely with each to learn more about how engineers want to use our system.’
David Beardsley, manager of Google’s ATAP, added: ‘This marks the first time our team will be able to use metal 3D printing for rapid prototyping of our hardware parts. For prototyping, we have previously relied upon casting or using plastic 3D printing. Now with the Studio System, our team will experience shorter lead times, faster product development cycles and the benefits of functional prototypes in an array of metals on demand and in the lab. We look forward to exploring and developing potential applications for many of our projects.’