Desktop Metal – Studio System

An End-to-End Solution

The Studio System™ from Desktop Metal is a three-part solution that automates metal 3D printing. 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.

Description

Office-Friendly Metal 3D Printing

The Studio System™ was designed as an end-to-end solution for metal 3D printing and is the only 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.

01 | PREP

Fabricate™, the secure web-based software at the heart of the Studio System™, 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.

02 | 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™.

03 | DEBIND

The green part is then placed into the debinder where it is immersed in proprietary debind fluid, as the primary binder is dissolved. This creates an open-pore channel structure throughout the part in preparation for sintering.

04 | 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
Debinder
Furnace
The printer uses an extrusion process that is similar to how an FDM printer works. This eliminates the safety requirements often associated with metal 3D printing while enabling new features like the use of closed-cell infill for lightweight strength.The low emission design means it requires no external ventilation and is safe for an office environment. Automatic fluid distillation and recycling eliminates the need to refill between each cycle.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+ 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+ 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
DEBINDER SPECIFICATIONS
Max Fluid Volume:17.4 Litres (4.6 gallons)
Vapour Management:Closed-loop low emission design, no external exhaust vent required
Footprint:1020 x 740 x 580 mm
(40 x 30 x 23 in)
Platform:Cloud, browser-based
FURNACE SPECIFICATIONS
Heating:Hybrid, microwave + conventional; Five Sides
Peak temperature:1400°C (2552°F)
Footprint:1380 x 750 x 1620 mm
(55 x 30 x 64 in)
Platform:Cloud, browser-based
STUDIO SYSTEM DETAILED DATA SHEET
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Features

Built to Perform
Designed for Users

The 3-part solution of the Studio System was designed specifically to realize the full potential of in-house 3D printing. Tightly integrated with Fabricate™ cloud-based software, enjoy an automated seamless workflow – from digital to sintered part regardless of complex part geometries. High-resolution printing. Built to scale.


Software Generated Separable Supports

Structural supports are automatically generated to prevent deformation and promote uniform shrinkage as it moves through fabrication.

A Ceramic Release Layer will also be designed and get printed between the parts and its supports. This layer disintegrates during sintering, enabling Separable Supports that are easily removed by hand.


Auto-generated custom-build plans

Complete fabrication profiles are generated for print, debind, and sintering – based on the material, part geometry, and user-defined settings.

There is no need to weigh parts before and after debinding, no need to second-guess cycle times, no need to input equipment instructions – everything is automated and optimized for successful print jobs.


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 is designed to be used in an office environment. No special facilities and no respiratory PPE are needed.



Adjustable Shell Thickness

Adjust shell thickness and infill density to create stronger parts or enable faster post-processing.

Create walls up to 4mm thick and fully-dense parts (with no infill) up to 8 mm thick.



Under 1-minute material changes

Change materials in under a minute with quick-release printheads and push-to-release cartridges. Unlike powder-based systems which require equipment cleaning, materials on the Studio System can be swapped in under a minute without any cross-contamination between alloys.


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 96 – 99.8%.

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


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.

Supports are auto-generated for easy removal and customized build plans are tuned to the geometry and material for every part in the job.

Iterate on designs quickly, and monitor the process from within Fabricate to track the completion of your builds.


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Software

A Software-Controlled Workflow

The world’s first office-friendly metal 3D printing solution, the Studio System™, 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™

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

* Material is denoted in the part title during mouse hover.

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