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Desktop Metal Upgrades to Studio System +, Introduces New Metal 3D Printing Fleet

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by Tyler Koslow
Sep 6, 2018

Desktop Metal has launched the new Studio System +, an upgraded metal 3D printing system that will offer higher resolution and allow users to print small metal parts with finer details.

After spending the last few years positioning itself as the market’s metal 3D printing pioneers, the Massachusetts-based startup Desktop Metal is now focused on refining its groundbreaking technology.

The company has just launched the new Studio System +, the next-generation of its popular Studio System metal 3D printer. The upgraded machine will deliver higher printing resolution and is capable of printing small metal parts with fine details. From here on out, the original model will be replaced by this more refined version.

According to Desktop Metal, the Studio System + retains all of the innovative features of its predecessor, while also enhancing other aspects. The new model will offer swappable print heads, which will offer sintered voxels as small as 240 microns in the XY axes and 45 microns in the Z axis.

There’s also an in-chamber build plate camera that will allow users to watch a live stream of the printing process. Higher quality prints can also be attributed to the new retort box, which provides additional thermal uniformity support. Overall productivity is improved due to automatic mold lock prevention, part positioning, and fleet management.

“Engineers and designers who are looking to push the limits of metal 3D printing with small parts or parts with fine details can now achieve even higher-resolution, with a customizable system configuration for greater process efficiency and throughput right on the shop floor,” said Ric Fulop, CEO and co-founder of Desktop Metal.

Desktop Metal’s Studio Fleet Scales Up Metal 3D Printing Capabilities

For customers that want to fully integrate the Desktop Metal ecosystem onto their manufacturing floor, the startup is also rolling out a new configurable Studio Fleet option. This full-fledged system allows users to scale up their metal 3D printing capabilities for low-to-mid volume production.

The Studio Fleet will be made available in two different configurations. One will include three Studio System+ machines, one debinder, and one sintering furnace. The more robust package includes five machines, two debinders, and one furnace.

According to Desktop Metal, the smaller configuration will provide a 200% increase in throughput for just a 50% increase in system cost. Meanwhile, the larger configuration will offer a 400% increase in throughput at a system cost increase of 100%.

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