Cetim, a Technical Centre for Mechanical Industry, and Desktop Metal, a company committed to making 3D printing accessible to manufacturers and engineers around the world, announced a partnership to accelerate the global adoption of metal additive manufacturing. Cetim, which works closely with industrial companies to identify market opportunities and facilitate innovation and technical progress, will become one of the first adopters of the new Desktop Metal Shop System, the world’s first metal binder jetting system designed for machine shops and metal job shops.
This announcement builds on the early momentum Cetim is seeing with the installation of the Desktop Metal Studio System into its Cluses, France facility. With both the Studio System, for rapid prototyping and low volume production of metal parts, and now the Shop System, Cetim’s customers, which span aerospace, oil and gas, automotive and other industries, will be able to explore new advanced solutions for their manufacturing needs – from low-volume prototyping to mid-volume runs of complex metal parts.
“As the demand for metal AM continues to grow, it is challenging for many of the mechanical industry companies we work with to identify the right solution that meets their needs and then to implement it in an effective and cost efficient way,” said Pierre Chalandon, Chief Operating Officer at Cetim, the Technical Centre for Mechanical Industry based in France.
“From a general point of view, Metal Binder Jetting Technology is promising for a large part of our clients. Desktop Metal solutions portfolio covers the full metal product lifecycle, which is complementary to our experience on sintered material and finishing Operations,” Chalandon said.
In addition to the implementation of both the Studio System and Shop System, Cetim and Desktop Metal plan to collaborate on research initiatives leveraging Desktop Metal’s technologies, including design for metal AM processes, post-processing and finishing techniques qualification, workflow optimization and materials development, among others.
The Shop System, launched during Formnext 2019 in Frankfurt, Germany, enables shop owners to leverage affordable, high-quality binder jetting technology to print end-use metal parts quickly, with good print quality. Starting at $150,000 USD for the printer, this high-speed, single-pass print engine helps shop owners eliminate many of the constraints previously seen with traditional manufacturing methods like CNC machining and tap into new opportunities to reduce their costs and increase revenue.
The Studio System, an office-friendly metal 3D printing system for functional prototyping and low volume production, makes metal 3D printing more accessible, enabling design and engineering teams to print metal parts faster, without the need for special facilities, dedicated operators, or expensive tooling. The three-part solution, including printer, debinder and furnace, automates metal 3D printing by tightly integrating through Desktop Metal’s cloud-based software to deliver a seamless workflow for printing complex metal parts in-house – from digital file to sintered part.
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