Fast, Clean, Cost-Effective Metal 3D-Printing

Desktop Metal

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Wed, Jul 19th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

TechCrunch reports that Desktop Metal, a company founded by four MIT professors, while not the first to work with 3D printers capable of using metal is by far the most efficient, churning out objects "at up to 100-times the speed of their competitors." The printed objects, with a quality level comparable to injection molding, allows to create shapes not possible in a traditional manner.

“You don’t need tooling,” he tells TechCrunch. “You can make short runs of production with basically no tooling costs. You can change your design and iterate very fast. And now you can make shapes you couldn’t make any other way, so now you can lightweight a part and work with alloys that are very, very hard, with very extreme properties.”

The list of companies that have embraced the $50,000+ Surface is pretty diverse. Automakers like BMW are using it to prototype products, and the local robotics community has also been extremely excited about the device’s ability to print in a broad range of alloys. For smaller companies without access to big machining warehouses, prototyping with metal is a pretty big pain point.

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