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Brand integration continues at Desktop Metal with X-Series line

The AM systems for metal and ceramics from ExOne acquisition get a new look as they are added to growing portfolio

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After rebranding EnvisionTEC as ETEC (and moving some of the assets into Desktop Health), Desktop Metal (NYSE:DM) is introducing the X-Series line of binder jet 3D printing systems for metal and ceramic powders in a wide range of particle sizes.

The newly branded Desktop Metal line of printers is derived from the acquisition of metal binder jetting pioneer ExOne last fall and will soon be offered with Desktop Metal’s build preparation and sintering simulation software applications. Additionally, the X-Series will now be supported by Desktop Metal’s experienced global support team.

Compared to Desktop Metal’s own Production Systems line of binder jetting machines, the X-Series line offers a differentiated approach to binder jetting enabled by patented Triple ACT — an advanced compaction technology for dispensing, spreading and compacting powders during the binder jet printing process. This flexible, open material platform architecture is capable of binding together a wide range of powders with a D50 of 3 to 100 microns.

Brand integration continues at Desktop Metal with X-Series line of AM systems for metal and ceramics from ExOne acquisition
The X160Pro is currently the world’s largest metal binder jet system, featuring a build box of 800 x 500 x 400 mm (31.5 x 19.7 x 15.8 in).

Desktop Metal now offers three X-Series models, characterized by a new black color. The InnoventX is the entry-level binder jet system perfect for academic, R&D, and low-volume production applications. The
X25Pro is an accessible and productive mid-sized solution already being used for volume production globally, featuring a build box of 400 x 250 x 250 mm (15.75 x 9.84 x 9.84 in). The X160Pro is the world’s largest metal binder jet system, featuring a build box of 800 x 500 x 400 mm (31.5 x 19.7 x 15.8 in).

Brand integration continues at Desktop Metal with X-Series line of AM systems for metal and ceramics from ExOne acquisition“Desktop Metal’s X-Series printers give customers more choices than ever when it comes to binder jet additive manufacturing,” said Ric Fulop, Desktop Metal Co-founder and CEO. “Our team is moving aggressively to drive additive manufacturing into mass production through a focused strategy of production-capable printers, high-performance materials, and key applications. Binder jetting is the key technology that enables all the benefits additive manufacturing has to offer at scale, from reduced waste to more efficient, lower-risk supply chains.”

Binder jetting is widely regarded as the fastest method of metal 3D printing for high-volume output. First patented at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology by Ely Sachs, a professor of mechanical engineering and co-founder of Desktop Metal, the process prints digital part designs by using industrial inkjet printheads to rapidly deposit binder into a bed of metal, sand, ceramic, or wood particles, creating batches of solid parts, one thin layer at a time.

Tried and tested over time, the X-Series printers can repeatably deliver tight dimensional tolerances and densities of 97%-99% or greater — in line with or surpassing metal injection molding or gravity castings. Surface roughness values as low as 4 µm (Ra) can be achieved directly out of the furnace.

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based VoxelMatters. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites VoxelMatters.com and Replicatore.it, as well as VoxelMatters Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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