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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.

Additive Manufacturing Today, UK’s National Centre for Additive Manufacturing Installs Digital Metal® 3D Printer

A3DM Magazine, Ralf Carlström, General Manager chez Digital Metal, nous parle de fabrication additive et d’automobile (French)

Metal Binder Jetting : une opportunité pour la production de petits composants complexes en petite et moyenne série (French)

TCT Magazine, ‘The MTC to install UK’s first Digital Metal binder-jetting 3D printer’

3D print.com, ‘News in brief: NCAM Installing a Digital Metal 3D Printer’

Article in Additive Fertigung (German)

Digital Metal Discusses Huge Interest, Serial Manufacturing in Fine-Detailed Metal 3D Printing

Metal Additive Manufacturing article

Metalle drucken ohne Laser (German)

Interview in Economia

 

GERMANY
3Druck
„In Kürze: Digital Metal expandiert, 3D LifePrints Investement, Sketchfab Store für 3D-Modelle“
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„Digital Metal verdoppelt Kapazität“
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„Digital Metal startet in die Serienproduktion“
UMV: 439,080

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„Macht Unmögliches möglich“
UMV: 11,550

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„Schwedischer Metall-3D-Drucker-Hersteller Digital Metal baut Produktion aus und verdoppelt so seine Kapazität“
UMV: 8,430

UK
TCT Magazine
https://www.tctmagazine.com/3d-printing-news/digital-metal-expansion-hoganas-production-plant/
UMV: 32,670

3dprintingindustry
https://3dprintingindustry.com/news/3d-printing-news-sliced-boeing-renishaw-norsk-titanium-digital-metal-127889/
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https://3dprint.com/201215/3d-printing-news-briefs-1-23-18/
UVM: 742,830

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http://cyberparse.co.uk/2018/01/23/digital-metal-expands-operations-and-doubles-capacity/
UVM: 2,970

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UVM: 7,410

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UVM: 5,670

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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

You can meet members of the Digital Metal team at:

  • 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 5-7, 2018, Erfurt, Germany
  • Manufacturing World Tokyo Big Sight, June 21-23, 2017, Tokyo, Japan
  • TCT Live, September 25-27, 2018, Birmingham, Uk Hall 3A NEC
  • Euro PM2018, Oct 14-18, 2018, Bilbao
  • Formnext, Nov 13-16, 2018, Frankfurt

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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