Desktop Metal FAQ’s

Desktop Metal FAQ's

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Our Desktop Metal specialists answers all of your frequently asked questions!

I believe there are two Desktop Metal systems, what’s the difference?

There sure is! The ‘FDM’ type system is called the Studio System, and the second system is called the Production System. The Production System is based on a Single Pass Jetting (SPJ) Technology. This system will be able to print many times faster than the current Studio System, so is geared up for production capabilities.

What is the cost of a Studio System?

The complete system cost is £150k + VAT. This bundle consists of the Studio 3D Printer, Debinder, Furnace, Import Duty, Delivery, Installation, Training and two consumable packs (suited to the initial use of the system).

How strong are the parts?

The parts are directly comparable to to Metal Injection Moulded parts, cast parts, and data sheets for comparison are available upon request.

What materials can you print in?

Initially there are the core materials 17-4PH & 316L Stainless Steels, H13, 4140, Copper, Inconel 718. Many materials are still currently being developed by Desktop Metal, so watch this space!

Is it fully safe for office use?

Yes! You do not need any special protective clothing, the materials are safe to handle and the system is user friendly with simple material changes. The furnace aspect would need to be based on a 3 Phase power supply, but the debinder and the Studio 3D Printer are both office based with single phase.

How long does it take to print a part?

The build rate is approximately 16cm/hr, but with options for infill and changes of build layer heights, from 0.050mm – 0.200mm, this is used as a reference guide.

What would I even use the Studio system for? Prototyping? Production?

Ideally the Studio System is aimed at two core uses, those currently using FDM Plastic 3D Printers, wanting metal versions of their prototypes, but also low scale and selective production of parts such as brackets, jigs and fixtures etc.

What is the accuracy of the parts coming off?

This is subject to the geometry of the part being built, but as a general overall rule geometric accuracy of the part can be down to +/- 0.1mm – 0.2mm.


If you have any more questions on the Desktop Metal system, please drop us a line! We like to think we know a lot about these fantastic machines already, but if we don’t then we sure know the people who do!