Desktop Metal has delivered its first Production System P-50 printer to Stanley Black & Decker. Photo Credit: Office Metal
Desktop Metal has shipped its first Production System P-50 printer to Stanley Black & Decker, marking the commercialization of the company’s flagship additive manufacturing (AM) technology for mass production of end-use metal parts. Stanley Black & Decker operates one of the largest tool and storage businesses in the world, including brands such as Dewalt, Black+Decker and Craftsman.
The P-50 is the product of nearly $100 million in investment and a four-year development program overseen by Desktop Metal engineers and materials scientists. It is designed to mass-produce high-performance metal parts with the repeatability and cost required to compete with conventional manufacturing.
The company claims this printer is the fastest way to 3D print large-scale metal parts and was created by the inventors of single-pass inkjet and binder jet technology. The printer is powered by Desktop Metal’s single-pass jetting technology. It is designed to achieve speeds up to 100 times faster than older powder bed fusion AM technologies and enable production quantities of up to millions of parts per year at costs competitive with conventional AM techniques. conventional mass production. The platform supports a library of materials that includes 10 qualified metal alloys – from commercially pure copper to stainless steels such as 17-4PH – with additional metal alloys under development.