3D printing metal is going to revolutionize manufacturing and has everyone in the industry excited. As yet, though, it’s still on the periphery. Until recently the metals physical weight was a huge obstacle when trying out new methods of 3D printing metal — the material didn’t support itself while being printed. Instead researchers made metal structures for support which was later detached. When removing the structure the end-product often got damaged or scratched. Instead of the “old” steel structure researchers invented a light carbon steel support that objects could rest inside of, solving one of the major issues. Still, the 3D printers were highly expensive and not for everyday usage.
A new production revolution
Recently Desktop Metal developed their incredible Studio System, a machine that will print metal parts at a tenth of the cost of today’s manufacturing. In a safe, simple and highly automated way! Imagine a world were medical implants, architecture models, prototypes, jewelry, or functional parts can be printed on demand and in a small scale. Since most printers are way too expensive for the average consumer the Studio System will potentially start a small part production revolution.