With the purchase and installation of a new Production System P-50 and several other metal binder jetting systems from Desktop Metal, Pennsylvania-based FreeFORM now owns the world’s largest fleet of Desktop Metal binder jet 3D printers for serial production of end-use parts.
In all, FreeFORM now operates 25 DM printers, including Production System, Shop System, and X-Series models that can efficiently produce small- to midsize components for companies who have highly complex part designs or face supply chain disruptions.
“FreeFORM’s investment in metal binder jetting demonstrates our continued commitment to employing world-class additive manufacturing processes to meet the needs of our customers,” said Nate Higgins, President of FreeFORM. “This addition of DM printers strengthens our capabilities in this area, allowing us to provide greater cost efficiency and speed to market.”
FreeFORM now offers additive manufacturing of a wide range of metals, including 17-4PH, 316L, and 420 stainless steels, as well as 4130, 4140 and 4340 low-alloy steels, S7 and M2 tool steels, and infiltrated materials.
FreeFORM’s primary investor is Ryerson Holding Corporation (NYSE: RYI), a leading value-added processor and distributor of industrial metals, with operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and China.
Previously, FreeFORM owned nine Desktop Metal binder jetting systems. The company is already 3D printing production jobs for customers globally and has produced more than 350,000 parts with binder jetting technology to date. These customers from from diverse adoption segments ranging from industrial machinery to defense, medical, robotic, and the consumer goods markets. FreeFORM facilities are also equipped with traditional manufacturing and quality control tools.
“Desktop Metal is delighted to see a startup with deep experience in powder metal and sinter-based technologies pushing the limits of what metal binder jet 3D printing technology can do,” said Ric Fulop, Founder and CEO of Desktop Metal. “FreeFORM is leading the way among our Super Fleet owners, which we define as customers using three or more of our Additive Manufacturing 2.0 systems. Desktop Metal now has hundreds of Super Fleet customers worldwide delivering final production of metal, polymer, and ceramic parts with our binder jet additive manufacturing systems. We remain confident that the cost, quality and material flexibility offered by binder jetting will continue its momentum in serial AM production.”