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IN625 qualified for use on Desktop Metal’s Studio System

Including nickel alloy Inconel 625, the platform now offers a total of eight printable materials

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Desktop Metal, a global leader in additive manufacturing technologies for mass production, has qualified the use of IN625 (nickel alloy Inconel 625) for the Studio System, a turnkey metal 3D printing platform that offers customers one of the easiest ways to print high-performance metal parts in low volumes for pre-production and end-use applications.

The Desktop Metal Studio System platform now offers a total of eight materials – more than any other metal extrusion 3D printing system on the market. In addition to IN625, Studio System users can print titanium alloy Ti6Al4V (Ti64), copper, 4140, two tool steels (H13 and D2), and two stainless steels (17-4PH and 316L).

“The Studio System 2, which features our streamlined and easy-to-use two-step process, remains the most flexible metal 3D printer in its class,” said Ric Fulop, Founder and CEO of Desktop Metal. “It’s never been more important for manufacturers to have the agility of on-site, on-demand metal production, and the Studio System is a perfect gateway into metal 3D printing for production. Adding IN625 to the portfolio only amplifies the flexibility of this proven system.”

IN625 qualified for use on Desktop Metal's Studio System. Including nickel alloy Inconel 625, the platform offers a total of eight materials.
Desktop Metal’s Studio System 2

IN625 is a high-performance nickel alloy known for high levels of strength, temperature resistance, and corrosion resistance – making it a popular material choice for applications in the aerospace, chemical processing, and offshore energy industries.

However, the strength of IN625 is also what makes it a difficult and expensive material to machine into complex shapes. The process typically requires a skilled machinist and special CNC cutting tools, strategies, and coolants. It’s not uncommon for cutting tools to be broken or deformed when milling Inconel stock, or for the material to deform when the outer layer hardens too quickly in response to the machining.

Producing IN625 parts with the Studio System 2 is fast, safe, and relatively affordable. Users can directly print and sinter final, end-use parts, or near-net shape parts that can be precision-machined for key surfaces with ease.

Studio System 2 is an office-friendly metal additive manufacturing system that leverages Desktop Metal’s proprietary Bound Metal Deposition (BMD) technology to produce parts. The easy, two-step process provides a nearly hands-free experience, while eliminating loose powders and dangerous lasers commonly associated with metal 3D printing. Consisting of a printer and furnace, the Studio System 2 simplifies in-house, low-volume production of a wide range of complex geometries with outstanding surface finish and high-performance mechanical properties.

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