For the prototyping of parts, plastic 3D printing is almost always the option. With the Studio System from Desktop Metal, metal 3D printing opens a new world of possibilities and is the first of its kind that lets you print metal parts in an office.
Similar to how Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) works, the Studio System adopts Bound Metal Deposition (BMD) technology that extrudes bound metal rods – metal powder held together by wax and polymer binder, to shape a part layer-by-layer onto the build plate. This is followed by the debinding and sintering processes before becoming a sturdy metal part.
Matt Barbati, Technical Trainer at Desktop Metal, gives an overview of how the Studio System printer technology works using 17-4 Stainless Steel material in this short video.