The Desktop Metal Studio is the first 3D metal printer made for the education market. The Studio uses FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) technology instead of lasers. Metal FDM materials are safe to use in labs or design studios that don’t have specialized ventilation systems.
The Studio is 1/10 the price of similar metal 3D printing systems, and Desktop Metal is providing both purchase and subscription options.
Desktop Metal Studio features include:
- A software-controlled workflow that doesn’t require any 3rd party equipment. The Studio includes all of the hardware and software that you need to translate a CAD file into a printed part.
- Rapid materials changes. Because the materials are safer than laser based systems, cartridges can be easily swapped out in less than a minute.
- Office-friendly sintering. Managing gas couldn’t be easier because the Studio includes aluminum gas canisters that can be easily changed. The automated 3D printing system detects gas levels and types, and it delivers notifications if issues arise. The Studio also has built-in effluent filters, binder cold traps, and safety fail safes to ensure that it is safe to use in your lab or studio.
- State-of-the-art metallurgy. Desktop Metal worked with the world’s leading metallurgists to develop materials profiles and sintering plans for every part.
- Easy support removal. Our proprietary separable supports can be removed by hand because the supports are not bonded to parts.
How it Works
The Studio furnace sinters printed parts after the primary binder has been removed using SiC heating elements and high-powered microwaves. Desktop Metal’s industry leading team of metallurgists has designed temperature profiles for every build and material. Parts are heated to just below their melting point to remove binder and fusing metal particles. This uniform heating delivers dense parts without the residual stresses that are common with laser-based 3D metal printing.
- Print technology: Bound Metal Deposition (BMD)
- Build volume: 12,585 cm3 (30.5 x 20.5 x 20.5) / 768 in3 (12 x 8 x 8)
- Max part dimensions (post-shrink): 25.5 cm x 17 cm x 17 cm / 10 in x 6.7 in x 6.7 in
- Print heads: Dual, quick-release print heads
- Nozzle diameter: 0.4 mm
- Motion System: Precision ball screws
- Minimum layer height (Z): 50 μm
- Build rate: 16 cm3/hr (1 in3/hr)
- Maximum part weight: 10 kg (22 lbs)
- Extruder calibration: Automatic
- Media: Hot swappable DM cartridges
- Support structures: Separable supports
- Build plate: Heated glass build plate
- Build plate temperature: Up to 120 °C (248 °F)
- Build plate leveling: Automatic
- Build chamber: Heated, up to 50 °C (122 °F)
- External Dimensions: 83 cm x 53 cm x 95 cm (33.7 in x 20.9 in x 37.4 in)
- Weight: 97 kg (214 lbs)
- Network: WiFi and Ethernet
- Power: 120V, 20A, 50-60Hz
- Supplied Software: DM Cloud
- Local Cloud Support: Optional
- Supported File Types: STL, IGES, JT, STEP, VDA-FS, U3D, VRML and Native file types (Solidworks, ProE, others)
- UI: 7” Touchscreen
- Learn More in Our Blog: “Desktop Metal Brings Metal 3D Printing to Education“