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Shapeways expands Desktop Metal service offering

AM service to install additional metal, composite, photopolymer 3D printers and more

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3D printing service provider Shapeways is partnering with Desktop Metal to expand access to the latter’s additive manufacturing technology. Through the partnership, Shapeways will be expanding Desktop Metal system capacity at its ISO-9001 facilities in Long Island, New York and Eindhoven, Netherlands. At the same time, Desktop Metal customers will soon be able to access fully digitized, end-to-end 3D printing workflows thanks to Shapeways’ expert service and Otto software platform.

The companies first entered into a partnership in early 2021 and this latest collaboration further solidifies their shared mission to push AM ahead and make it more accessible. Ultimately, with Shapeways offering Desktop Metal’s AM production solutions, customers new to the technology can get a feel for how it works and what benefits it offers before investing in the hardware themselves. Of course, the enhanced service offering will also make Desktop Metal’s solutions available to smaller companies and startups who may not have the capital to invest in hardware in the first place. Desktop Metal Shapeways

“We’re extremely pleased to progress our partnership with Shapeways and propel the additive manufacturing industry forward,” commented Ric Fulop, Founder and CEO of Desktop Metal. “For customers starting their digital manufacturing journeys who may not be ready to purchase equipment of their own, Shapeways will offer instant access to Desktop Metal’s comprehensive portfolio of high-speed, AM 2.0 printing platforms and rich materials library, enabling them to benefit from expedited production, reduced costs, and flexible, overflow manufacturing capacity as dictated by growing business demands.”

Through the recently signed agreement, Shapeways will be installing many Desktop Metal systems at its two facilities, including the Studio System, the Shop System and the Production System for metal AM, as well as the Fiber platform for continuous fiber 3D printing and RAM binder jetting technology for wood materials. The 3D printing service will also add EnvisionTEC photopolymer 3D printing systems (the 3D printer manufacturer was acquired by Desktop Metal in early 2021). Shapeways will reportedly be rolling these additional solutions out in early 2022, and more Desktop Metal systems may be added to its service fleet in future. The AM service also adds that it plans to expand its service offering with more solutions from other industry partners—with a focus on post-processing solutions.

“Together, Desktop Metal and Shapeways are democratizing 3D printing, reinforced by our ability to offer anytime, anywhere access to an extensible array of high-quality manufacturing services,” added Greg Kress, CEO of Shapeways. “As Desktop Metal’s largest manufacturing services partner, we are committed to establishing ourselves as the ‘go-to’ company for businesses around the world seeking fast, efficient, execution in turning digital designs into physical products.”

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Tess Boissonneault

Tess Boissonneault is a Montreal-based content writer and editor with five years of experience covering the additive manufacturing world. She has a particular interest in amplifying the voices of women working within the industry and is an avid follower of the ever-evolving AM sector. Tess holds a master's degree in Media Studies from the University of Amsterdam.

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