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DM P2500

Digital Metal has launched a new software upgrade that triples the printing speed of its DM P2500 printer. This allows for significantly larger production volume per time unit while keeping the renowned high component quality.

Digital Metal’s DM P2500 metal binder jetting printer is a robust machine where no efforts have been spared to make it as accurate as possible. As an example, all moving parts in the DM P2500 have an accuracy down to single microns, which vouches for excellent repeatability in serial production. In addition, a 160 mm thick custom-made diabase stone is used to bring stability and ensure that no vibrations affect the printing process.

The reliability and repeatability in combination with high productivity makes the DM P2500 ideal for serial production of small complex metal components. With fine surface quality and resolution and the fact that no supports are needed when printing, keeps waste and time spent on post processing at a minimum.

Now, the printer has been upgraded with new software that triples its printing speed. This allows to produce significantly larger component volumes per time unit while keeping excellent component quality. The new software is standard on all new units and upgrade kits are available for installed printers.

“We constantly work to improve the performance of our printers so that our customers can work as cost-effectively as possible”, says Alexander Sakratidis, Sales & Marketing manager at Digital Metal. “This important upgrade makes it possible to reach even greater production volumes without sacrificing component quality. We plan to continue introducing similar significant upgrades twice a year.”

For more information, please contact alexander.sakratidis@digitalmetal.tech

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 Honeywell, MTC (The Manufacturing Technical Centre, UK), Koenigsegg, Bosch, Montfort Watches, CETIM (the French Technical Center for Mechanical Industries) and Volvo to mention a few. More than 500,000 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 Höganäs. The company is part of the Höganäs Group, the world’s largest producer of metal powders. Read more at digitalmetal.tech

Due to rising demand for 3D-printable superalloy materials from companies in the aerospace, automotive and industrial segments, Digital Metal® now launches two superalloy grades for use in extreme environments. The grades are named DM 247 and DM 625.

The unique properties of Digital Metal’s binder jetting technology make it highly suitable for printing superalloys, including non-weldable grades, with near full density.

Superalloys are metal materials that exhibit great strength and corrosion resistance even when subjected to high heat and stress. These properties make them especially suitable for use in challenging applications such as aerospace, automotive and chemical. However, so far it has been difficult to use non-weldable materials such as MAR M247 in 3D printing, where high solidification rates and thermal gradients are inherent.

Digital Metal’s unique binder jetting technology helps avoid most of these problems by printing in an ambient temperature without applying any heat, followed by a separate sintering step. During sintering densification takes place without melting and with minimal thermal gradients during cooling from sintering temperature.

To cover the rising demand for 3D-printable superalloys, Digital Metal now launches two own superalloy grades – DM 247 and DM 625. Both have undergone extensive inhouse testing to ensure they meet our customers’ expectations.

The DM 247 is based on the non-weldable MAR M247, which is widely used as material for turbine blades and in other applications with elevated temperatures. The DM 625 is an Inconel 625-grade. Its application areas range from seawater applications and chemical processing equipment, to nuclear industry and aerospace.

“We have been receiving qualified requests for these materials from various large companies”, says Ralf Carlström, General Manager at Digital Metal. “Many producers within the aerospace and automotive business have long been anticipating high-quality superalloys that are suitable for 3D printing. Now we can offer them the perfect combination – our unique binder jetting technology and superalloys that are specially developed for our printers.”

For more information, please contact us at info@digitalmetal.tech

About Digital Metal

Digital Metal is the world’s first company to commercialize high-precision 3D metal printers for serial 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, Volvo, CETIM (the French Technical Center for Mechanical Industries), MTC (Manufacturing Technology Centre), Mectron, and Montfort Watches. More than 400,000 components have been produced.
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.

Digital Metal®’s unique binder jetting technology continues to generate great interest in the AM field. Cetim, the Technical Centre for Mechanical Industry, in France was one of the first customers to install a Digital Metal printer in its Saint-Étienne facility in 2017. Now Cetim in Cluses has started up another Digital Metal printer.

Cetim is a world-leading technical organisation with 1000 experts and close to its 6,500 subscribing companies. The mission is to improve customers’ competitiveness through mechanical engineering, transfer of innovations and advanced manufacturing solutions.

Cetim Cluses is located in a region with a long production heritage of small and complex parts with the Swiss watch industry as a typical customer. The Cluses valley is the base for some 1000 companies, and Cetim’s focus is to support them in digitalisation, lean manufacturing, environmental issues and training of workers.

“The Digital Metal binder jetting technology fits the production requirements in our region perfectly. Our customers typically produce complex parts with high demands on quality for the automotive, medical and aeronautic industries” says Thierry Gautreau, responsible for Industry 4.0 and companies transformation support at Cetim Cluses. “Digital Metal’s binder jetting technology is state-of-the-art and can create complicated and highly detailed designs. Another advantage is that there is a potential for wider material choices than with AM processes like SLM that use melting. We are delighted to be able to offer this to the companies we work with.”

“Digital Metal’s technology offers great potential for metal AM productivity and capability”, Thierry Gautreau continues. “The technology is suitable both for making complex parts in small quantities, like individual medical implants, but also for mass production of several thousand parts due to its speed and no need for extra support to be removed”.

“The first printer installed by our sister company in Saint Étienne has lived up to all our expectations. And now we are really looking forward to helping our customers implement this technology which will allow them to sharpen their competitive edge.

For more information, please contact Ralf Carlström at Ralf.Carlstrom@digitalmetal.tech
Read more about Cetim at www.cetim.fr

Digital Metal has received notice of completion of product testing and authorization to apply the UL Mark to our metal binder jetting system DM P2500. UL (Underwriters Laboratories) is the world’s largest, not-for-profit product safety testing and certification organization global safety consulting and certification company, founded in 1894 and headquartered in the USA.

The technical team at Digital Metal did already in the concept stage of DM P2500 address the requirements for both UL and CE certification. Preparation for meeting these standards involves all steps of developing and designing a new machine. Each single component and system in the machine must be taken into account. The engineering time invested to meet these demands is, however, well spent. Not only does it ensure machine safety, it also contributes to good working environment.

The new UL certification proves that the DM P2500 printer meets all expected standard for the US and Canadian. DM P2500 the first metal binder jetting system to receive UL certification.

“Employee and customers safety should be the number one priority for every business owner. It is crucial that the equipment you use on a regular basis is working properly and more importantly, that it is manufactured and installed correctly. The UL certification is an important way to ensure that and we are very happy to receive it”, says Ralf Carlström, General Manager at Digital Metal.

For more information, please contact Ralf Carlström at Ralf.Carlstrom@digitalmetal.tec

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.

Digital Metal® remains at the forefront of additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, of metal components. Introduced in 2013, this unique binder-jetting technology has already enabled production of more than 300,000 components. Several Digital Metal DM P2500 printers are already in serial production producing series of up to 40,000 components. In 2018, additional delivery agreements were signed with major European players in the automotive and aerospace segment. Now, Digital Metal takes yet another step towards the future by launching a fully automated no-hand production concept.

The majority of the process steps will be handled by a robot, which will eliminate practically all manual work thus further increasing productivity. The robot will feed the printer with build boxes and then move the boxes for post-treatment in a CNC-operated de-powdering machine combined with a pick-and-place robot. There, the remaining metal powder will be removed and recycled, and the parts placed on sintering plates. The main robot will then move the plates to the sintering furnace for combined debinding and sintering, either in batches or for continuous production.

“Most AM technologies show a very low level of automation”, says Ralf Carlström, General Manager at Digital Metal. “Our aim is to change that. With the new no-hand production line, our customers can further improve their productivity and lower the production costs. Almost all manually intensive work can be eliminated and in addition the powders removed in the cleaning machine can be recirculated in the process, thus minimizing waste. As we see it, the Digital Metal technology is now applicable for serial production of high-volume components.”

Digital Metal introduces automation during the powder removal step as an initial step towards full no-hand production. During de-powdering, the CNC-controlled movements are based on the information from the printing process. All removed powder is collected and recycled without any degeneration of properties.

“We believe there is a huge potential for our unique technology,” says Ralf Carlström. “Not only is it very fast and cost-effective, it is also able to create complicated and highly detailed designs with wide material choice.”

The next opportunity to see the Digital Metal technology live is at Formnext in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, between 13-16 November 2018.

For more information, please contact Ralf Carlström at Ralf.Carlstrom@digitalmetal.tech

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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.

Digital Metal®’s unique binder-jetting technology continues to raise great interest in the AM field. The UK’s renowned centre for innovative technology, the National Centre for Additive Manufacturing, based at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) in Coventry, has just decided to add a Digital Metal printer to their already extensive range of advanced manufacturing equipment. The printer will be operational in July/August 2018.

The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) was established in 2010 as an independent Research & Technology Organisation, as part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, which is supported by Innovate UK. It operates some of the most advanced manufacturing equipment in the world and employs a team of highly skilled engineers, it is the go-to place for the development and demonstration of new manufacturing solutions on an industrial scale.

The MTC is home to the UK National Centre for Additive Manufacturing (NCAM), which offers deep expertise across a comprehensive range of AM processes, from initial design to final delivery of pre-production parts. Here, companies of any size can get support on how to understand and adopt AM for their business to realise its potential benefits. The capabilities at the NCAM can be utilised to de-risk the adoption of this rapidly developing technology.

Now, the NCAM is taking the next step in driving the AM revolution in the UK, by adding a state-of-the-art metal binder jetting printer from Digital Metal to its already impressive manufacturing armoury. The printer will be available to both its member companies and other organisations interested in testing the technology and the capabilities of binder jetting. This technology is not available anywhere else in the UK and provides an opportunity for UK industry to understand and utilise its unique capabilities, especially on small, highly complex, high precision parts.

“The Digital Metal binder jetting technology falls into the category of ‘bind-and-sinter AM’, where a multi-stage process chain incorporating sintering is required to achieve full density.” says Dr David Brackett, AM Technology Manager at the NCAM. “It’s a very fast technology that can create complicated and highly detailed designs, and there is potential for wider material choice than with AM processes that use melting. We are delighted to be able to offer this to the companies we work with.”

The centre also conducts advanced research in Metal Injection Moulding (MIM) which requires a similar set of post-processing steps to metal binder jetting. “Digital Metal’s technology offers great potential for metal AM productivity and capability”, says Usama Attia, Technical Specialist at the NCAM, who is applying his expertise in MIM processing to bind-and-sinter AM technologies. “I am particularly impressed by the production speed, and the quality of the parts produced are comparable to MIM in terms of level of details, tight tolerances and quality of surface finish, with the added advantage of geometrical complexity.”

“Our printer will be delivered and installed at the NCAM in July”, says Ralf Carlström, General Manager at Digital Metal. “Within a week, the first real tests will start. The NCAM personnel are currently performing training on the equipment to make sure they will be able to operate it safely and efficiently.”

For more information, please contact Ralf Carlström at Ralf.Carlstrom@digitalmetal.tech

Read more about the National Centre for Additive Manufacturing at http://ncam.the-mtc.org.

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.

Serial production of high-precision DM P2500 3D metal printer and complex metal components bolstered

 

Höganäs, Sweden. – [January 22, 2018] – Digital Metal®, the world’s first high-precision 3D metal printer provider, is expanding its operations, increasing the Höganäs plant production area by 50 percent, to support serial manufacturing of its DM P2500 and new components. Since launching in September 2017, the increased demand has also resulted in the need to hire more engineers, technicians and sales employees, as well as investment in new materials R&D.

“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 at customer sites. While our existing machinery will be upgraded to the latest technology at the same time.”

The distinctive feature of Digital Metal’s binder jetting method is that the components are printed and sintered instead of being melted together with lasers, providing superior resolution and detail accuracy. In addition, the production speed is significantly higher than other 3D printing technologies.

The production plant and office in Höganäs will be expanded by 50 percent. This includes installation of a new vacuum extraction 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 can develop 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 superalloys,” says Ralf Carlström.

“For us, this expansion is just a beginning,” adds Ralf Carlström. “We are no longer thinking linearly. Instead, we are primed 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.

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.

Digital Metal continues to raise eyebrows at trade shows around Europe. At the TCT Show in Birmingham, between September 26-28, many visitors were astonished at the detail quality of the parts off the machine. As a reporter noted “working at a layer height of 42 µm the level of detail is impressive”.

Available for viewing at both the TCT Show and EuroPM in Milan, Italy, the 3D prints on display gave visitors an initial idea of what the DMP P2500 is capable of. The interest was overwhelming. To read some of the impressions from the both shows, please visit our website.

If you have been unable to meet us so far, you’ll have another possibility at Formnext in Frankfurt, November 14-17. Welcome to experience the future!

TCT EuroPM

Digital Metal is exhibiting on the following trade fairs:

  • 3D Printing Expo 2017, Feb 14-16, 2018, Tokyo, Japan
  • MIM 2018, Mar 5-7, Irvine, California
  • AMUG, Apr 8-12, 2018, St Louis, Missouri
  • Medtec Europé, Apr 17-19, 2018, Stuttgart, Germany
  • Rapid, Apr 23-26, 2018, Fort Worth, TX
  • Elmia 3d/ Automation mässa, May 15-18 2018, Jönköping, Sweden
  • Inside 3D printing Sao Paolo, June 11-12, 2018, Sao Palo, Brazil
  • 3D Print, June, 5-7, 2018, Lyon, France
  • AMPM2018, Jun, 17-20, 2017, San Antonio, TX
  • Rapidtech, June 20-22, 2017, Erfurt, Germany
  • Manufacturing World Tokyo Big Sight, June 21-23, 2017, Tokyo, Japan
  • TCT Live, September 26-28, 2017, Birmingham, Uk Hall 3A NEC
  • Euro PM2018, Oct 14-18, 2018, Bilbao
  • Formnext, Nov 13-16, 2018, Frankfurt

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