Rising manufacturer of 3D printing hardware 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 technology for the mass production of metal parts. end use. This makes Desktop Metal the first company (besides ExOne, also owned by Desktop Metal) with a production-ready metal binder jetting system on the market. GE Additive, HP 3D Printing and others are expected to follow suit.
As one of the most anticipated advanced manufacturing systems ever introduced, the P-50 is the product of nearly $100 million in investment and a four-year development program overseen by Desktop engineers. Metal and materials scientists. The P-50 is designed to mass produce high performance metal parts with the repeatability and cost required to compete with conventional manufacturing.
Stanley Black & Decker, the first P-50 customer, is a purpose-driven industry organization that operates the world’s largest tools and storage company, including brands such as DEWALT, BLACK+DECKER and CRAFTSMAN. Based in the United States, the company operates nearly 50 manufacturing plants across America and more than 100 worldwide.
Created by the inventors of single-pass inkjet and binder jetting 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 older powder bed fusion additive manufacturing technologies and enable the production of quantities of up to millions of parts per year at competitive costs compared to conventional mass production techniques.
The platform already supports a robust material library comprising ten qualified metal alloys – from commercially pure copper to stainless steels such as 17-4PH – with additional metal alloys under development.
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