The Studio System? from Desktop Metal is the world’s first affordable, office-friendly metal 3D printing system. Safe and easy to use, the Studio System was designed to bring metal 3D printing to the shop floor, allowing engineering and design teams to make metal parts faster, without the need for special facilities or dedicated operators.
The Studio system is up to ten times cheaper than comparable laser-based systems. With purchase and subscription pricing options, it’s the only metal 3D printing system that is cost-effective for engineering teams.
Desktop Metal have eliminated lasers and powders to make the Studio system safe for any facility. Unlike other systems, there are no special facilities or 3rd party equipment required–just power and an internet connection.
Software Controlled Workflow
Unlike other systems that require 3rd party equipment, the Studio system was designed as a complete workflow. Every stage of the process is fully automated and managed by sophisticated software, making it simple to go from CAD to part.
Change Materials in Under a Minute
Changing materials in laser-based systems poses safety risks and can take a week or more. The Studio printer was designed with safe-to-handle, swappable media cartridges and quick release print heads for seamless material changes.
Easily swappable aluminum gas canisters and optional hook-ups for house gas make it simple to manage gas. The furnace automatically detects levels and gas type, dispatching notifications if there is an issue. Built-in effluent filters, binder cold traps, and safety fail safes make the system safe to use on the shop floor.
Make Metalwork FasterExpert Metallurgy Built-In
Designed with the world’s foremost metallurgists, the Studio System combines unique materials profiles with part data to construct sintering plans for every part. Closed loop thermal control enables real-time heating regulation throughout the sintering cycle, ensuring every part is uniformly heated and cooled.
Remove Supports by Hand
Proprietary Separable Supports make it possible to remove parts by hand. No wire EDM or machining is needed, unlike current metal 3D printing, because supports are not bonded to parts. As a result, highly complex parts and print-in-place assemblies can be easily printed and put to use.
The Studio printer is similar to the safest and most widely used 3D printing process–Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM).
Unlike laser-based systems that selectively melt metal powder, the Studio printer extrudes bound metal rods–similar to how a plastic FDM printer works. This eliminates the safety requirements associated with metal 3D printing while opening up new alloys and enabling new features like the use of closed-cell infill for lightweight strength.
We designed the first office-friendly sintering furnace. Fully automated with closed loop thermal control and sized to fit through an office door, it delivers industrial-strength sintering in an office-friendly package.
The furnace combines SiC heating elements with high-powered microwaves to sinter printed parts after primary binder is removed. Cloud-connected, the furnace has temperature profiles that are tuned to every build and material. It uniformly heats parts to just below their melting point, removing binder and fusing metal particles to form fully dense parts without the residual stresses introduced in laser-based systems.
The Studio system is the only end-to-end solution for metal 3D printing. The printer and furnace were designed together, making it possible for precise control of the entire workflow automatically.
The software accepts native CAD file formats–not just STL. Web-based, it runs on a remote or local server so that it is possible to manage jobs from any device securely.
Similar to FDM, the Studio printer shapes a "green" part layer-by-layer by heating and extruding specially formulated bound metal rods. The green part can be easily sanded by hand.
A portion of the plastic binder is first removed. The furnace then heats the part to temperatures near melting, causing the metal powder to densify to 96-99.8%.
Apply optional finishing methods such as machining or bead blasting for critical tolerances and finishes. Supports are removed by hand.