Desktop Metal and Uniformity Labs Partner on Delivery of Binder Jetting PowdersDecember 2, 2021
Desktop Metal and Uniformity Labs have partnered to qualify and deliver ultra-low porosity binder jetting powders that exhibit exceptional sintered part density and mechanical properties when paired with Desktop Metal’s AM 2.0 binder jetting solutions, according to officials from both companies.
Uniformity Labs reportedly has developed patented materials technology that uniquely enables powders with tap densities to 85 percent that sinter to full density and are significantly more flowable than powders of comparable size. These materials offer the ability to repeatably spread uniformly across the print bed at the highest relative density, thereby delivering the highest attainable sintered part density with the lowest achievable part shrink in binder jetting, claim Uniformity Labs officials. The reported result: High-precision parts exhibiting excellent material properties and surface finish.
The goal of the partnership: leverage Desktop Metal’s high-speed binder jetting systems and processes with Uniformity Labs’ capabilities in metal-powder processing to ease manufacturers’ abilities to adopt binder jetting to produce end-use metal parts at scale. The collaboration is focused on qualifying optimized binder jetting powders exclusively for Desktop Metal additive manufacturing (AM) systems, including the Production System, Shop System and ExOne print platforms. Together, the companies are studying powder and binder interactions and will release print profiles with fully characterized mechanical properties for various materials, including stainless steels and nickel-based superalloys, and reactive metals such as aluminum.
To accelerate materials qualification and enhance collaboration between the companies, Uniformity Labs has installed several Desktop Metal systems at its facilities
in Fremont, CA, including a Shop System and a Production System P-1. The partnership thus far has resulted in qualification of several engineered powders for Desktop Metal’s Shop System, which are commercially available to customers exclusively through Desktop Metal as part of its turnkey Shop System solution. Uniformity Labs’ topologically engineered powders for Desktop Metal’s Production System and ExOne platforms will be available directly through Uniformity Labs.
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