PRESS RELEASE - University of Sheffield becomes one of the first UK recipients of new additive manufacturing technology by Desktop Metal

  • The University of Sheffield, working with Tri-Tech 3D, to install latest Desktop Metal Studio Systems
  • New system enables printing of a wider range of components to higher resolution finishes, at reduced costs
  • Desktop Metal Studio System provides on-demand metal 3D printing that can deliver scale and flexibility for diverse engineering needs

—BURLINGTON, MA, SHEFFIELD, UK: Two leading manufacturing centres of excellence in the UK have been named as the first to install a transformative additive manufacturing technology, developed by Desktop Metal, a company committed to making metal 3D printing accessible to global manufacturers and engineers. World top 100 academic establishment the University of Sheffield, and global engineering solutions firm Weir Group, are the first UK organisations to implement the Desktop Metal Studio System, working with UK reseller and platinum partner Tri-Tech 3D.

The Studio System is designed to provide an office-friendly metal 3D printing solution that can allow for rapid prototyping at low volume and cost, while providing users with the ability to efficiently produce tooling, jigs and fixtures, features which were previously cost prohibitive. The Studio System has already had a major impact on the additive manufacturing arena, with companies such as Ford, Google ATAP, Goodyear, BMW Group, John Zink Hamworthy Combustion and ProtoLabs, all becoming early adopters of the platform and attracting encouraging interest from fast followers. Based on 2019 worldwide benchmarking data collated by Desktop Metal, many parts produced using the Studio System demonstrated drastic cost reductions – some by as much as 90% relative to machining and selective laser melting (SLM) – as well as speed in fabrication, producing parts in days instead of weeks or months.

The University of Sheffield is working with the Tri-Tech 3D team to install their Desktop Metal Studio System at the Royce Translational Centre. [email protected] is part of the University of Sheffield's Department of Materials Science and Engineering and is a major partner of the Henry Royce Institute for Advanced Materials. It comprises the Royce Translational Centre (RTC), and the Royce Discovery Centre, which is currently being built at the University’s city centre campus.

Royce Translational Centre's Director - Prof Iain Todd, commented:

"We at [email protected] are very excited to receive our Desktop Metal Studio System. Additive Layer Manufacturing (ALM) is a critical part of the strategy for many high-value manufacturing sectors, as they look to reduce material waste and increase productivity. ALM covers many technologies, and with the Studio System, we are expanding our set of advanced 3D metal printers, which already includes electron and laser beam powder beds, and blown powder methods. Our industry partners range from start-ups to multinational aeronautical manufacturers: for them we represent a valuable missing link between small-scale laboratory metals processing and industrial scale manufacturing. The Desktop Metal Studio System keeps us at the cutting edge of near-net shape manufacturing capabilities in the UK.”

Weir Group Head of Additive Manufacturing – Sozon Tsopanos, commented:

“The additive manufacturing arena is dynamic, growing rapidly as a market, and presents exciting opportunities for innovative companies such as Weir. We are continuing to partner with world-class organisations as we proactively develop our additive manufacturing offering. The addition of this versatile system complements our existing capabilities at Weir Additive Manufacturing Solutions, allowing us to explore, prototype, test and commercialise components and tooling that will deliver significant benefits for our Mining and Oil & Gas customers globally.”

Since its founding in 2015, Desktop Metal has rapidly grown to become a leading systems developer for additive manufacturing technologies, with the Studio System attracting business interest all over the world. Tri-Tech 3D, the authorised UK Desktop Metal reseller, is targeting the rollout to other UK installations in 2019 and beyond.

Colin Cater, sales manager at Tri-Tech 3D commented:

“These first installations lead the way in a new direction for metal 3D printing, making metal parts available and more accessible to a wider range of customers. It complements all those currently using FDM, that require a metal part instead.”


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Desktop Metal

Lynda McKinney - Head of Communications

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The University of Sheffield

Bethany Craggs – Marketing and Communications, [email protected]

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About Desktop Metal

Desktop Metal, Inc., based in Burlington, Massachusetts, 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. Since its inception, the company has raised $438 million in financing with a portfolio of strategic partners and investors including Ford Motor Company, GV (formerly Google Ventures), GE Ventures, BMW iVentures, Koch Disruptive Technologies, Lowe’s, New Enterprise Associates (NEA) and more. Desktop Metal was selected as one of the world’s 30 most promising Technology Pioneers by the World Economic Forum and named to MIT Technology Review’s list of 50 Smartest Companies. For more information, visit

About the University of Sheffield and [email protected]

With almost 29,000 of the brightest students from over 140 countries, learning alongside over 1,200 of the best academics from across the globe, the University of Sheffield is one of the world’s leading universities. A member of the UK’s prestigious Russell Group of leading research-led institutions, Sheffield offers world-class teaching and research excellence across a wide range of disciplines. Unified by the power of discovery and understanding, staff and students at the university are committed to finding new ways to transform the world we live in. Sheffield is the only university to feature in The Sunday Times 100 Best Not-For-Profit Organisations to Work For 2018 and for the last eight years has been ranked in the top five UK universities for Student Satisfaction by Times Higher Education. Sheffield has six Nobel Prize winners among former staff and students and its alumni go on to hold positions of great responsibility and influence all over the world, making significant contributions in their chosen fields. Global research partners and clients include Boeing, Rolls-Royce, Unilever, AstraZeneca, Glaxo SmithKline, Siemens and Airbus, as well as many UK and overseas government agencies and charitable foundations.

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Sheffield is consistently in the top 5 departments in the UK for delivering Materials undergraduate courses. It is part of the Faculty of Engineering, which is number 1 in the UK for research income and investment. Its research focuses on the major themes of biomaterials, functional materials, metals and nuclear. It leads, or is influential in, a number of centres of research excellence, including the Henry Royce Institute, MAPP (Manufacture using Advanced Powder Processes) Hub, DARE (Designing Alloys for Research Efficiency) and SubST (Substitution and Sustainability in Functional Materials and Devices), amongst others.

[email protected] is part of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and is a major partner of the Henry Royce Institute for Advanced Materials. The Department is championing the theme of Advanced Metals Processing, although it is also contributing to the Biomedical Materials and Nuclear Materials themes. It comprises the completed Royce Translational Centre and the Royce Discovery Centre which is currently being built on the University’s city centre campus. The centre as a whole represents £34m of investment in the University.

[email protected] has developed capabilities to deliver a step change in the discovery and making of new material systems, enabling concept development from early, fundamental research right through to translation to industry and, crucially, covering Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) one to six. Strengths include alloy development, powder processing, post production powder optimisation, additive manufactured part design and build, microstructural modelling, and materials characterisation and testing.

[email protected] works with industry on real-life production issues, transferring knowledge to SMEs and larger companies active in the aerospace, automotive, medical, energy, manufacturing and construction supply chains.

[email protected] is able to facilitate end-to-end research activities in advanced materials development and manufacturing methods, allowing businesses to take product and process ideas from initial concept, through development, testing and optimisation to the point where they are ready to be trialled by industry.

About Tri-Tech 3D

Tri-Tech 3D are a leading solution provider of 3D Print technology and Platinum Partners for both Desktop Metal and Stratasys within the UK. With origins as a true engineering company, Tri-Tech 3D are made up of a team of industry experts with a great deal of experience within the manufacturing sector, ideally placing us to facilitate the implementation of additive manufacturing technologies that streamline and/or enhance traditional design and manufacturing process. As well as hardware, TT3D offer a full solution from initial 3D Print consultancy and training through our training division 3D Print Academy, to installation services, dedicated maintenance support contracts and competitive financing and lease options.

Tri-Tech 3D are part of the Stanford Marsh Group. The Stanford Marsh Group have a rich 54 year heritage and is made up of 5 UK limited companies and divisions that each specialise in industry leading products and services which bridge the gap between the digital Design Office and manufacturing innovation. From Autodesk digital design solutions and cloud collaboration, through to additive solutions which break the conventional boundaries of traditional manufacturing; SMG enable a seamless transition from idea to production.

About The Weir Group PLC

We are one of the world's leading engineering businesses working in partnership with customers to solve their toughest operating challenges safely, efficiently and sustainably. Our market-leading solutions are used in high abrasion mining, infrastructure and upstream oil and gas applications, supporting the essential resources needed by a growing world.

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