Desktop Metal adds Fiber to its product line-up

Published 01 November 2019

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, 3d printing, hardware, materials, tech, desktop metal

Based on a new process called Micro Automated Fiber Replacement (AFP), Desktop Metal has launched its latest 3D printing technology for industrial grade continuous fibre composite materials.

It says that the new process will allow users to print parts with in a broad range of materials, that traditionally required million dollar AFP systems.

Fiber seems targeted at custom or SME production: featuring a large build envelope, a robotic tool changer, and it has designed to be arranged in print farm configuration of 6 or 10 printers.

The 3D printer has been designed to run in print farms

 

There’s a selection of composite materials at launch, including chopped carbon fibre filled Nylon (PA6) that is ESD-compliant, and a chopped fibreglass filled Nylon (PA6).

The materials library also includes chopped carbon fiber filled PEEK and PEKK filaments for added mechanical properties and chemical resistance.

The platform is available in two models through a Hardware-as-a-Service subscription for a minimum three-year take-up, with printers are scheduled to ship in Spring 2020.

Fiber HT, starting at $5,495 per year:
Continuous composites having <1 percent porosity and up to 60 per cent continuous fibre loading with advanced matrix, including PEEK and PEKK. It can make flame retardant parts to withstand high temperatures up to 250 degrees Celsius, in addition to ESD compliant parts.

Fiber LT $3,495 per year:
An affordable option for producing high strength, ESD compliant, non-marring parts using continuous fiber with <5 percent porosity with PA6 thermoplastics.

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