Desktop Metal Studio System 2

Just Print and Sinter

Studio System™ 2 is a simplified, office-friendly metal 3D printing solution that makes it easy to print metal parts in low volumes for pre-production and end-use applications.

In just two steps (print to sinter) while being tightly integrated through Desktop Metal’s cloud-based software, Fabricate™, it delivers a seamless workflow for printing complex metal parts in-house, from digital file to sintered part.

Packing all the benefits of the original Studio System – no hazardous metal powders or lasers, no dedicated operators, no special facilities needs, it is more accessible than ever before with even higher-quality parts.

Description

Office-Friendly Metal 3D Printing

The Studio System™ 2 is a two-part solution that streamlines metal 3D printing and is the preferred way for designers and engineers to print high-quality complex metal parts in-house. Utilizing Bound Metal Deposition™ technology, engineers and designers can easily produce difficult-to-machine parts featuring complex geometry like undercuts and internal channels.

Building on the success of the original Studio System, the Studio System 2 eliminates the solvent debind phase entirely. Parts no longer need to be batched before debinding, and then batched again before sintering. Instead, printed parts go directly into the furnace where they are debound and sintered in a single customized cycle. Safety concerns are avoided while users enjoy reduced part costs related to consumables, a reduced system footprint, and easier installation.

In summary – simply load your CAD file into Fabricate software, print your part, and place it in the furnace for sintering.

00 | PREP

Fabricate™, the secure web-based software at the heart of the Studio System™ 2, automates complicated metallurgical processes to produce high-quality parts with densities and feature accuracy similar to casting.

Construct build plans from STL or CAD files, where supports and control parameters are auto-generated by Fabricate™ based on part geometry and material.

01 | PRINT

Layer by layer, a green part is shaped in the printer through the extrusion of bound metal rods — metal powder held together by wax and polymer binders — in a process called Bound Metal Deposition™.

02 | SINTER

The final step sees the part being placed into the furnace as it is then heated to temperatures near melting. The remaining binder is removed and metal particles fuse together causing the part to densify up to 96-99.8%.

Specifications

SOLUTION OVERVIEW
Printer
Furnace
Unlike laser-based systems that selectively melt metal powder, the Studio System extrudes bound metal rods - similar to how an FDM printer works.

This eliminates many of the safety requirements often associated with metal 3D printing while enabling new features like the use of fully closed-cell infill for lightweight strength.
Parts are first heated up to remove all binders from parts, then the temperature is ramped up to near-melting to deliver industrial-strength sintering.

Built-in temperature profiles tuned to every build and material ensure uniform heating and cooling without the residual stresses introduced in laser-based systems.
KEY FEATURES
10x Cheaper

The Studio System 2 is up to 10 times cheaper compared to similar laser-based systems in the market. It’s the only metal 3D printing system that is cost-effective for engineering teams.
Safe for the office

The Studio System 2 is safe for any facility, with no lasers or powders involved. Only the printer and an internet connection are required for operation as compared to other systems.
PRINTER SPECIFICATIONS
Build Volume:300 x 200 x 200 mm
(12 x 8 x 8 in)
Max Part Dimensions:
(Post-Shrink)
255 x 17 x 17
(10 x 6.7 x 6.7 in)
Print Heads:Dual, quick release interchangeable print heads
- Standard (400µm), High-Res (250µm)
Minimum Layer Height :50 μm
Heating:Heated build area & plate
Platform:Cloud, Browser-Based
FURNACE SPECIFICATIONS
Heating:Hybrid, microwave + conventional; Five Sides
Peak temperature:1400°C (2552°F)
Footprint:1618 x 1380 x 754 mm
(63.7 x 54.3 x 29.7 in)
Platform:Cloud, browser-based
STUDIO SYSTEM 2 DETAILED DATA SHEET
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Features

Built to Perform
For Users

The Studio System 2 features redesigned hardware, including a heated build chamber, new standard and high-resolution printheads and an improved sintering furnace, all of which add up to enhanced processing capabilities.

These hardware upgrades are combined with an all-new material system and optimized print and sinter profiles (over 90 parameters) in Fabricate, resulting in parts that come with significantly improved surface finish.

The new print profiles and a re-engineered interface layer material minimize the trial and errors that are common in alternative 3D printing, and enables for even more shrinkage during sintering and increased part success across an array of geometries.

High-resolution printing. Built to scale.



From Print to Sinter

Unlock two-step processing with the Studio System 2 alongside a fully re-engineered materials library.

New material formulations allow printed parts to be placed directly into the furnace, without the need for the typical solvent debind phase.

The result is an easy-to-manage, nearly hands-free experience.


Auto-generated Custom-build Plans

You don’t need to be an expert metallurgist or machinist to create complex metal parts successfully in every print job.

Complete fabrication profiles are automatically generated for printing through sintering – based on material, part geometry, and user-defined settings.

The software automatically scales your part, orients it for print and sintering success, generates separable supports, and applies expert metallurgy to optimize fabrication. Simply upload your design and follow the onboard UI for step-by-step guidance.



Smart Separable Supports

Featuring Desktop Metal’s second-generation Separable Supports technology, seams are automatically generated throughout the support structures. A reformulated ceramic interface material is printed between the support structure and the part, allowing parts to easily be removed by hand.


User-friendly hardware

Spend less time on managing and more time designing and fabricating parts.

Change printheads with the press of a button, and change materials quickly with a refillable cartridge system that allows users to easily load material during print jobs and store excess material safely.

A fully-accessible printer and a configurable furnace retort allow for maximum flexibility.


Rods over Filament

Bound metal rods – metal powder held together by wax and polymer binder – enable a higher volumetric percent of metal powder to binder as they do not require the flexibility of a spooled filament. This has a direct impact on reliable part shrinkage and higher density.

With no exposure to loose powders and easy storage and handling of materials, the Studio System 2 is designed to be used in an office environment. No special facilities and no respiratory PPE are needed.



Adjustable Shell Thickness

Adjust shell thickness to create stronger parts or enable faster processing by tailoring parts to your exact needs.

Print parts with walls up to 4mm thick or fully-dense parts (with no infill) up to 5.25mm thick.

Prints can be optimized for build speed using the standard (400µm) print head, or use the high resolution (250µm) print head if you require fine features.



No Special Facilities requirement

Ideal for use in an office environment, the Studio System 2 eliminates the need for solvents and uses materials that can be easily stored and handled – no special facilities or respiratory PPE needed.

The only requirements are an internet connection, ventilation and power, making it easy to quickly start printing metal parts.


1400°C Max Temperature

Good metallurgy requires thermal uniformity and high temperatures. The furnace is capable of reaching a peak temperature of 1400°C  – which is necessary to sinter many metals to the highest achievable densities – in Desktop Metal’s case, parts can densify up to 98% – similar to cast parts.

This is far superior in comparison to other furnaces that can reach up to just 1300°C, where steels only come out 94% dense.



Reliable Processing

Leveraging on data and feedback from thousands of prints and hundreds of customers, achieve outstanding part success and excellent surface finish – even for first-time prints across a wide range of geometries.

This is made possible by a fully re-engineered material platform, updated interface technology and new print profiles.



Fabricate™ Software

The fabrication process, even the most challenging aspects, are automated with Fabricate software. This makes it easy to produce high-quality metal parts without custom tooling or a dedicated operator.

The simplified, easy-to-manage process allows users to quickly iterate on designs, print parts and monitor build progress from their desk, and significantly reduces operator burden.


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Software

A Software-Controlled Workflow

The world’s first office-friendly metal 3D printing solution, the Studio System™ 2, is managed by Desktop Metal’s software, Fabricate™. The software controls the entire, 3-step process – from printing to debinding & sintering.

Integrated throughout the entire process, the software provides an automated and intuitive guide of metal 3D fabrication to take the guesswork out of achieving high-quality parts with good metallurgical properties.

Complex parts can be printed easily without custom tooling or a dedicated operator – auto-generated supports make for easy removal & create custom build plans tuned to the geometry & material for every part.



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Applications

Parts Gallery – Studio System™ 2

Applications span across the manufacturing, tooling, automotive, consumer, electronics, and oil & gas industries.

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