Taking on the best features of the original Studio System, the Studio System 2 significantly improves upon them with higher quality end-use metal parts through a more streamlined and accessible process, and within an even smaller footprint.
A significant change is that Studio System 2 now adopts an accessible 2-step print and sinter workflow, eliminating the solvent debind process that was required with the original Studio System. This is made possible with all-new material formulations that allow parts to be transferred directly from the printer into the furnace. The result is a nearly hands-free experience that reduces consumables usage and overall system footprint.
Studio System 2 also introduces a new isotropic TPMS (triply periodic minimal surface) infill that creates stronger parts that are ideal for end-use applications. With vacuum sintering able to reach temperatures of up to 1400°C, produced parts are similar to castings and meet or exceed Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) standards.
316 stainless steel will be launched along with the Studio System 2, with a broad portfolio of additional materials set to roll out later this year to support the new 2-step process. The new system will also be backwards-compatible with previously supported materials such as 17-4PH stainless steel, H13 tool steel and copper through the use of the debinder.
With new, default print profiles that provides more than 90 customizable print settings and a re-engineered ceramic interface layer material, Studio System 2 minimizes the trial and error common in alternative 3D printing processes. This enables more even shrinkage during sintering and increased part success across an array of geometries.
Across manufacturing, tooling, automotive, consumer products and electronics, and medical applications, companies are sharing how additive manufacturing is challenging their design and engineering teams to think differently about how to optimize designs for best-in-class part success.Ric Fulop, CEO and co-founder of Desktop Metal
Worldwide shipments for the Studio System 2 will begin in the first quarter of 2021. Existing Studio System and Studio System+ customers are eligible for an upgrade, and can contact their distributor for more information.