Feb 13 2019—Desktop Metal, a company committed to making metal 3D printing accessible to manufacturers and engineers, today announced the launch of 316L stainless steel for the Studio System™, the world’s first and only office-friendly metal 3D printing system for prototyping and low volume production. A fully austenitic steel known for its corrosion resistance and excellent mechanical properties at extreme temperatures, 316L is well-suited for applications in the most demanding industrial environments, including salt water in marine applications, caustic cleaners found in food processing environments, and chemicals in pharmaceutical manufacturing.
“The addition of 316L enables engineers to print metal parts for a wide range of applications, including engine parts, laboratory equipment, pulp and paper manufacturing, medical devices, chemical and petrochemical processing, kitchen appliances, jewelry and even cryogenic tools and equipment,” said Ric Fulop, CEO and co-founder of Desktop Metal. “Teams are now able to iterate quickly on 316L prototypes, print complex geometries that are not possible with most manufacturing methods, and produce end use parts cost-effectively.”
Early applications of 316L parts printed with the Studio System confirm the diverse and promising results across multiple industries:
“As innovative companies across multiple industries adopt metal 3D printing, it’s critical to help accelerate this growth by expanding the portfolio of desired materials,” said Fulop. “Our materials science team is pushing the boundaries to enable printing metal parts for a growing range of applications in as wide a material portfolio as possible. The introduction of 316L is another step on our path to fundamentally change the way metal parts are designed and manufactured.”
316L joins 17-4 PH stainless steel in the Studio System’s materials library. With more than 30 materials in development, Desktop Metal plans to introduce additional core metals to its portfolio throughout 2019, including tool steels, superalloys, and copper. To learn more about 316L and the Studio System, visit www.desktopmetal.com
About Desktop Metal
Desktop Metal, Inc., based in Burlington, Massachusetts, USA, is accelerating the transformation of manufacturing with end-to-end metal 3D printing solutions. Founded in 2015 by leaders in advanced manufacturing, metallurgy, and robotics, the company is addressing the unmet challenges of speed, cost, and quality to make metal 3D printing an essential tool for engineers and manufacturers around the world. Desktop Metal has raised a total of $438 million in financing from investors including Ford, GV (formerly Google Ventures), GE Ventures, BMW, Lowe’s, Koch Disruptive Technologies, and Techtronic Industries (TTI). Desktop Metal has been selected as one of the world’s 30 most promising Technology Pioneers by World Economic Forum and named to MIT Technology Review’s list of 50 Smartest Companies. For more information, visit www.desktopmetal.com.
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