The Metal 3D Printing Process
The software accepts native CAD file formats–not just STL. Web-based, it runs on a remote or local server so that it is possible to manage jobs from any device securely.
Similar to FDM, the Studio printer shapes a "green" part layer-by-layer by heating and extruding specially formulated bound metal rods. The green part can be easily sanded by hand.
Debind and Sinter
A portion of the plastic binder is first removed. The furnace then heats the part to temperatures near melting, causing the metal powder to densify to 98-99.5%.
Apply optional finishing methods such as machining or bead blasting for critical tolerances and finishes. Supports are removed by hand.
Single Pass Jetting Metal 3D Printing
This new approach to metal 3D printing—Single Pass Jetting (SPJ), builds metal parts in a matter of minutes instead of hours. With zero-tooling needed, it's the fastest way to manufacture complex metal parts.
Single Pass Jetting combines all the necessary steps for printing so that whenever there is movement, there is printing. Two full-width print bars containing over 32,000 jets work in conjunction with powder spreaders to spread powder and print in a single quick pass across the build area, jetting millions of droplets per second.
Unlike laser-based processes which weld parts to a build plate, parts created by the Production system are surrounded by loose powder, enabling the full use of the build envelope and higher productivity per build. Sophisticated software will arrange parts to maximize the build area in all axes.
Walk Through the Process on the Studio System+
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