Metal additive manufacturing (AM) company Desktop Metal, has developed the DM Studio and DM Production metal 3D printing systems which it says are 10 times less expensive than existing technology.

The complete DM Studio System, including printer, debinder, and furnace, is US$120,000. 

The system uses bound metal deposition (BMD) to make accurate and repeatable prototype parts, similar to fused deposition modeling (FDM) technology for plastics. Proprietary separable supports make it possible to remove support structures by hand, while swappable print cartridges can help make material changes safer and faster. The DM Studio System can also work with a range of different metal alloys.

The company’s DM Production System uses proprietary single pass jetting (SPJ) technology, which Desktop Metal claims is 100 times faster than current laser-based additive manufacturing systems.

‘Until now, metal 3D printing has failed to meet today’s manufacturing needs due to high costs, slow processes and hazardous materials,’ said Ric Fulop, CEO and co-founder of Desktop Metal.  ‘Desktop Metal has eliminated these barriers by developing metal 3D printing systems that can safely produce complex, strong metal parts at scale.’

This story is reprinted from material from Desktop Metal, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.