Digital Metal® rigs for exponential growth
Digital Metal® is undoubtedly one of Sweden’s most exciting and fastest growing technology companies. Thanks to a unique patented technology, the company is at the forefront of additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, of metal components. The distinctive feature of Digital Metal’s method is that the components are printed and sintered instead of being melted together with laser, providing superior resolution and detail accuracy (the technology is called binder jetting). In addition, the production speed is significantly higher than for other 3D printing technologies.
Having raised a lot of interest during the past year, Digital Metal is now ready for a major expansion of operations, both in terms of production area and number of employees. Six new engineers and technicians are needed to assist in the development of materials and machines. To match the growing demand, the company also requires a new sales representative.
“Thanks to the great interest, we are now starting serial production of our machines,” says Ralf Carlström, General Manager at Digital Metal. “The first batch will consist of six new printers containing the latest automation electronics. In addition, we have reduced the overall dimensions of the machine, making it more easily positioned. Our existing machinery will be upgraded to the latest technology at the same time.”
The production plant and the office in Höganäs will be expanded by 50%. The construction includes installation of a new ventilation system and increased compression and cooling power, which will allow Digital Metal to double its sintering capacity. There will also be a separate room for quality control and an isolated space for printing with materials that require special handling.
“By developing our range of materials, we open up for new collaborations with companies in industries such as aerospace, where there is a great need for components that can withstand extremely high temperatures, made with so-called superalloys,” says Ralf Carlström.
“For us, this expansion is just a beginning,” adds Ralf Carlström. “We are no longer thinking linearly. Instead, we rig for exponential growth.”
About Digital Metal
Digital Metal is the world’s first company to commercialize high-precision 3D metal printers for the production of small, high-volume components. Digital Metal’s proprietary binder jetting technology enables the production of high-quality complex objects with superior surface finish, which is not possible with competing technologies. The company also offers manufacturing of metal components. Among the customers are many of the world’s leading technology companies such as Honeywell, Koenigsegg, Mectron, Montfort Watches, CETIM (the French Technical Center for Mechanical Industries) and Volvo. Digital Metal was founded in 2012 and has its headquarters in Höganäs. The company is part of the Höganäs Group, the world’s largest producer of metal powders. Read more at digitalmetal.tech.