Desktop Metal (NYSE: DM) has opened a new in-house manufacturing facility that will more than triple the final assembly space currently dedicated to the production system platform to meet what the company describes as ” high demand for the world’s fastest metal 3D printing. The technology “. This new facility is part of a strategic plan to accelerate the production ramp of the P-50 metal binder jet 3D printer, Desktop Metal’s flagship production system, to which the company is committed. in the supply of components and assembly of the initial versions intended to ship in the fourth quarter of 2021.
“After a significant development cycle, we are experiencing growth and pent-up demand for our P-50 production system solution. As we continue to convert these opportunities, expanding our in-house final assembly capabilities has become a critical step in expanding the deployment of our single-pass jet technology, ”said Ric Fulop, Founder and CEO of Desktop Metal. “This new facility in Massachusetts, in conjunction with our contract manufacturers and suppliers, supports our ability to meet the growing demand for high volume applications. We are now well positioned to provide our global customers with the fastest metallic 3D printing platform to enable cost effective mass production through additive manufacturing. “
Created by the inventors of binderjet and single-pass inkjet technology, the production system is an industrial manufacturing platform powered by Desktop Metal’s single-pass inkjet technology. It is designed to achieve speeds up to 100 times faster than currently adopted metal powder bed fusion additive manufacturing technologies and enable production quantities of up to millions of parts per year at competitive costs per year. compared to conventional mass production techniques.
The P-50 printer targets mass production of end-use parts and was the first platform specifically designed for this purpose. Since its concept was first introduced to the market just over 6 years ago (when Desktop Metal came out of stealth), more and more companies have started to develop projection capabilities of metal binder for production, including current metal binder blasting technology and market leader ExOne, now part of Desktop Metal — with technologies from GE, HP and the recently announced system from Ricoh whose commercial launch is expected soon.