Desktop Metal | December 07, 2022
Desktop Metal (NYSE: DM), a leader in mass production additive manufacturing (AM) solutions, today announced the company has installed more than 1,100 3D printing systems for metal components worldwide.
More than 80% of installed systems worldwide are direct metal 3D printing systems. Among sand 3D printing systems, which are used for the final production of digital metal castings, more than half of the installed systems are now located at multi-system sites dedicated to high-throughput mass production applications. A significant number of metal binder jet systems are also being used to print technical ceramics, most often silicon carbide.
“As the highest throughput process in 3D printing, binder jetting is the additive manufacturing technology that will truly take the industry into mass production at high volumes, Our 3D printing systems are already being used to manufacture powertrain components, automotive interiors, oil and gas, food processing equipment, hydraulics and some of the most advanced aerospace and nuclear parts.”
-Ric Fulop, Founder and CEO of Desktop Metal.
Binder Jet is a Differentiated AM Solution
Binder jet 3D printing is one of seven additive manufacturing processes recognized by ASTM. The process transforms virtually any powdered materials — metal, sand or ceramic — into functional precision parts and tools at high speeds. An industrial printhead selectively deposits a binder into a bed of powder particles creating a solid part one thin layer at a time, just like printing on sheets of paper. The technology is viewed as a desirable and sustainable production method, largely because of its high speed, low waste and cost, as well as material flexibility.
Desktop Metal offers the world’s leading portfolio of binder jet 3D printing systems, backed by the most experienced binder jet team in the industry. In addition to Desktop Metal’s binder jet systems for production of metal and ceramics, the company’s ExOne brand offers world-leading sand binder jet systems for digital metal casting, and the company’s Forust brand offers turnkey binder jet printing of upcycled wood waste.
The company’s portfolio offers the widest selection of mass production solutions for metal 3D printing:
The Production System™ P-50 — the world’s fastest metal binder jet system, offering the lowest cost per part, featuring Single Pass Jetting (SPJ) technology.
The X160Pro™ — the world’s largest binder jet system for the production of both metal and ceramics, featuring Triple Advanced Compaction Technology (ACT).
The S-Max® Pro — the world’s best selling brand of sand binder jet 3D printing systems for sandcasting molds and cores for aluminum and ferrous metal castings.
The S-Max® Flex — an affordable binder jet 3D printing system for digital sandcastings.
The Production System™ P-1 — the world’s best selling platform for qualifying binder jet 3D printing for serial production.
The InnoventX™ — the world’s best-selling metal binder jet system in academia.
The Shop System™ — the world’s best-selling metal binder jet system.
The Studio System™ — the best-selling Bound Metal Deposition (BMD) system with only two steps and the widest material selection offered in its category.
An open house to showcase the performance capabilities of the Production System P-50 will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 25. Manufacturers interested in adopting the technology can sign up to attend at teamdm.com/p-50-open-house.
About Desktop Metal:
Desktop Metal, Inc., based in Burlington, Massachusetts, is accelerating the transformation of manufacturing with an expansive portfolio of 3D printing solutions, from rapid prototyping to mass production. Founded in 2015 by leaders in advanced manufacturing, metallurgy, and robotics, the company is addressing the unmet challenges of speed, cost, and quality to make additive manufacturing an essential tool for engineers and manufacturers around the world. Desktop Metal was selected as one of the world’s 30 most promising Technology Pioneers by the World Economic Forum and named to MIT Technology Review’s list of 50 Smartest Companies
Mott Corporation | December 15, 2022
Mott and Conflux, two leading advanced manufacturing companies in the United States and Australia, respectively, announced a partnership today that they will bring Conflux's 3D printed thermal solutions to North American markets. Conflux's additively manufactured heat exchangers improve thermal management of critical components across a multitude of industries, including for advanced aircrafts, by utilizing the design freedom made possible by 3D printing.
Conflux Technology has world-renowned expertise in its specialized field of additively manufactured thermal management solutions. Mott Corporation brings over 60 years of experience delivering high-precision technical solutions to a vast customer base of leading companies in the Aerospace & Defense, Semiconductor, Energy and Healthcare industries.
Through additive manufacturing, Mott has pioneered producing porous metal components with integrated hardware – a game changing capability that improves performance in a fraction of the design envelope.
"Working with Conflux expands our ability to solve our customers' toughest thermal challenges in one integrated solution."
-Sean Kane, Vice President of Business Development & Strategy at Mott.
With complementary technologies plus a mutual commitment to excellence, we're excited to cooperate with Mott on delivering our industry leading thermal management solutions to customers across North America said Dan Woodford, Chief Product Officer at Conflux Technology.
About Conflux Technology:
Conflux Technology is a world-leading additive manufacturing (AM) company pioneering thermal and fluid applications through expert engineering and production. Conflux began in the world of F1 engineering, where founder & CEO Michael Fuller, transformed heat exchanger designs and performance outcomes. Today, Conflux is a well-established, senior-by-design team leading the advancement of AM applications. Its revolutionary heat exchange technology has transformed product and system performance across Aerospace, Automotive, Motorsports, Micro-electronics, Industrial and Energy industries.
About Mott Corporation:
Mott is a technology-driven, precision filtration company trusted by the world's best technical and performance brands across four core markets: Medicine, Computing Power, Clean Energy, and Space Exploration. Mott's products can be found in everything from lifesaving medical devices to artificial intelligence to the Mars Rover. Established in 1959 and headquartered in Farmington, Connecticut, the company is 100% employee owned.
Nexa3D | November 17, 2022
Nexa3D, the maker of ultrafast industrial polymer 3D printers, today announced that its resin-based additive solutions have been adopted by the global on-demand manufacturing service provider, Quickparts, to enable industry-leading turn times for 3D printing services.
Launching first in the United States with Europe following in early 2023, Quickparts Express Service delivers custom parts printed on the NXE 400Pro and XiP 3D printers, utilizing engineering-grade materials ideal for both prototyping and low-volume manufacturing applications, in as fast as same-day.
“We are excited to bring our customers the speed and quality they need to meet today’s market demands, We’ve been working closely with Nexa3D and have validated its industrial and desktop 3D printers, both utilizing the ultrafast LSPc 3D printing technology to help meet our customers’ needs for quicker turn-times and uncompromised part quality.”
-Ziad Abou, CEO, Quickparts.
Quickparts invested in Nexa3D’s thermoplastic serial production solution, the QLS 820 earlier this year, signing on as a foundational manufacturing partner in Sept. 2022. Now with the addition of the NXE-series and XiP printers, it will offer 3D printing services utilizing the entire Nexa3D’s fleet of ultrafast additive manufacturing solutions.
“Nexa3D was founded on the premise of digitizing supply chains sustainably by making ultrafast polymer 3D printers accessible to professionals and businesses of all sizes, We are thrilled to partner with Quickparts to further expand access to our industry-leading technology and at the same time deliver 3D printing services faster than ever before.”
-Nina Swienton, Chief Marketing Officer at Nexa3D.
Nexa3D is passionate about digitizing supply chains sustainably. The company makes ultrafast polymer 3D printers that deliver up to 20x productivity gains to professionals and businesses of all sizes. Partnerships with world-class material suppliers and its open materials platform unlock the full potential of additively manufactured polymers for volume production. Automated software tools optimize the entire production cycle using process interplay algorithms that ensure part performance and production consistency, while reducing waste, energy, and minimizing carbon footprint.
Quickparts offers complete on-demand manufacturing services, from 3D printing to traditional manufacturing processes. Quickparts empowers its customers with the tools to reduce production times, speed up design iterations, and shorten product development lifecycles with high-quality 3D printed and machined parts from one of our five global design and production centers. Quickparts’ facilities are ISO 9001:2015 certified and ITAR registered, with expert teams that have been producing parts for more than 20 years.
LION ELECTRIC | December 22, 2022
The Lion Electric Company, a leading manufacturer of all-electric medium and heavy-duty urban vehicles, today announced that it has completed production of its first lithium-ion battery pack at the company's battery manufacturing facility located in Mirabel, Quebec. Final certification of the first battery pack is expected in the first quarter of 2023, followed by a gradual ramp up of production in 2023. The first batteries produced in Mirabel will power the Lion5 truck and the LionAmbulance, expected to reach commercial production in the first half of 2023.
"The production of our first battery pack out of our Mirabel battery facility is an important step for Lion and should, over time, bring with it a new level of optimization for product design and production efficiency, I am incredibly proud of our team for the continued advancement of this project, and I am very thankful to the Canadian and Quebec governments for their support in making it a reality."
Yannick Poulin, Lion's Chief Operating Officer
Lion's new Mirabel battery manufacturing facility, once fully operational, is expected to give the Company a key market advantage, with vertical integration providing more control of supply, technology advancement, and vehicle integration. Given the battery is typically the most expensive component of an electric vehicle, this new manufacturing capability should have a direct impact on Lion's development of medium- and heavy-duty electric vehicle platforms, while also offering important economic benefits.
At full scale, Lion's battery manufacturing facility is expected to have an annual production capacity of five gigawatt-hours of battery capacity. The news comes as Lion has also recently celebrated the start of production at its U.S. vehicle manufacturing facility in Joliet, Illinois.
ABOUT LION ELECTRIC
Lion Electric is an innovative manufacturer of zero-emission vehicles. The company creates, designs and manufactures all-electric class 5 to class 8 commercial urban trucks and all-electric buses and minibuses for the school, paratransit and mass transit segments. Lion is a North American leader in electric transportation and designs, builds and assembles many of its vehicles' components, including chassis, battery packs, truck cabins and bus bodies. Always actively seeking new and reliable technologies, Lion vehicles have unique features that are specifically adapted to its users and their everyday needs. Lion believes that transitioning to all-electric vehicles will lead to major improvements in our society, environment and overall quality of life.