The 3D printer that uses steel, bronze and titanium

The company Desktop Metal has presented its new 3D printers for metals, this is a technological development that promises to revolutionize the industry

The company Desktop Metal has presented its new 3D printers. The particularity of these machines is the possibility of making objects with titanium, steel or bronze. But also with aluminum and copper. The relationship between 3D printers and metals has backfired.

For years, metals and printers have coexisted without any particular problems. As the technology developed, however, due to extremely high melting temperatures, relatively complicated manufacturing and difficulty in modeling, these materials were replaced by more practical ones. Now, however, Desktop Metal says it has introduced a new technology, which mixes metal layers with ceramic powders, creating polymers that are easy to shape. This could be the breakthrough for metals in the 3D printer industry.

3D Metal Printers

Previously, 3D metal printers have been used in aerospace, defense, industrial and automotive manufacturing. Notably also to create medical devices and small parts of implants and prosthetics. The development of this technology would represent an industry-wide breakthrough. Assembling metal objects with traditional processes such as injection molding can be noisy, create welding and exhaust fumes, require chemicals and can create injuries to workers.

Desktop Metal

Desktop Metal says it has made its new 3D printers 100 times faster than before. An average production run will now be able to hit 8,200 cubic centimeters of metal objects every hour. The company has also created a 3D printer for metals that creates no fumes and can be used in an indoor space. All of the group's new 3D printers are easy to disassemble and reassemble by hand. The version designed for offices, which will be available in September, will cost about 120 thousand euros. Although companies may decide to rent the device for about 3 thousand euros per month. While the printer designed for the production of large metal objects will exceed 400 thousand euros in cost and will only be available in 2018.