3D Systems announced a next-generation additive metal production platform designed to allow manufacturers to easily scale their additive manufacturing and integrate seamlessly into the factory floor.
Based on the company’s trusted Direct Metal Printing (DMP) precision metals technology, the DMP 8500 Factory Solution is the first truly scalable, automated and fully integrated metal additive manufacturing solution. It features an efficient and fully integrated workflow – from powder in to part out – to produce repeatable, high-quality parts with a lower total cost of operation (TCO).
With the largest diameter build size in the industry able to produce metal parts up to 500 mm x 500 mm x 500 mm, the system is engineered to open up new applications in additive manufacturing for companies in Aerospace, Industrial and Automotive industries.
The modular design of this metal additive manufacturing solution reduces required capital equipment and ensures maximum utilization as manufacturers scale production. The DMP 8500 Factory Solution is comprised of function-specific modules designed to maximize efficiency by optimizing utilization of each module, including:
Removable Print Modules (RPMs): These sealed modules for powder and part transport between printer, powder, and transport modules enable a continuous production workflow and maximizes powder quality throughout the process.
Printer Modules are designed to withstand the rigors of 24/7 production cycles enabling maximum printer uptime and output.
Transport Modules enable efficient movement of the RPMs between printer and powder modules – reducing production time.
“The industry is at a point where companies are looking to scale up their metal 3D printing production, bridge the chasm, and move onto the factory floor,” said Vyomesh Joshi, president and chief executive officer, 3D Systems. “The DMP 8500 Factory Solution was developed by experts with deep knowledge and experience in factory solutions and takes metal printing technology to a new level of economic efficiency for our customers."
The DMP 8500 Factory Solution will integrate 3D Systems’ innovative 3DXpert™ software. This all-in-one software efficiently prepares and optimizes parts for streamlined direct metal production of functional parts.
The new platform is planned for availability in Q4 2018.