Digital Metal® first in the world to offer pure copper as printing material to its market-leading high-precision metal binder jetting system

Digital Metal® now adds pure copper to its extensive material offering for metal binder jetting. Freedom of design coupled with the thermal and conductive properties of pure copper open new possibilities within many industries.

Digital Metal®, a global leader in high-precision metal binder jetting systems for industrial use now adds pure copper, DM Cu, to their extensive material offering. The excellent thermal and electrical conductivity properties of pure copper make it ideal for a wide range of applications. Good conductivity, or heat transfer, is for example a requirement in electronics, heat exchangers, heat sinks and engine parts. 3D printing of components in copper also offers unprecedented freedom, enabling design for optimal functionality with very few restrictions. In addition, copper is known for its antibacterial properties.

A key benefit for Digital Metal’s customers is that printing with 99.9% pure copper brings out the best of the material compared to copper alloys commonly used in laser-based systems.

“Printing with pure copper using Digital Metal’s binder jetting technology is one of the most anticipated material launches ever, and totally new within binder jetting. Copper has been high up on our customers’ wish list and timing is perfect with the demand for copper applications soaring in fast growth areas such as e-mobility and heat conductivity. We have been developing the process for some time internally, but I would really like to emphasize the value of the excellent cooperation with key customers in our fast-growing Digital Metal User Group. It has been a great help and we are now very pleased to deliver a high-quality copper process for Digital Metal binder jetting”, said Christian Lönne, CEO at Digital Metal.

Pure Copper, DM Cu, is the latest addition to Digital Metal’s binder jetting system. Other materials in the range are stainless steel 316L and 17-4PH, tool steel DM D2, super alloys DM 625 (equivalent to Inconel 625) and DM 247 (equivalent to MAR M247) and Titanium Ti6Al4V. Digital Metal is constantly working on expanding the material offers in close cooperation with its parent company Höganäs AB, the world’s largest metal powder manufacturer.

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About Digital Metal
Digital Metal is the world’s first company to commercialize state-of-the-art 3D metal printers for the production of small components with advanced geometries. Digital Metal’s proprietary binder jetting technology enables the production of complex objects with superior surface finish, which is not possible with competing technologies.

The company also offers printing services of metal components. Among the customers are many of the world’s leading technology companies such as Fraunhofer, Honeywell, MTC (The Manufacturing Technology Centre, UK), Koenigsegg, Bosch, Duerr Dental, CETIM (the French Technology Center for Mechanical Industries) and Volvo to mention a few. Close to 1,000,000 components have been produced, and more than 30 different geometries are in serial production at the production plant in Sweden.

Digital Metal was founded in 2012 and has its headquarters in Sweden. The company is part of the Höganäs Group, the world’s largest producer of metal powders.

​​Examples of pure copper applications (PDF)