PRESS RELEASE – Cetim and Desktop Metal Partner to Accelerate the Adoption of Global Metal Additive Manufacturing

Cetim, the Technical Centre for Mechanical Industry, and Desktop Metal, the company committed to making 3D printing accessible to manufacturers and engineers around the world, today announced a partnership to accelerate the global adoption of metal additive manufacturing. Cetim, which works closely with industrial companies to help to identify market opportunities and facilitate innovation and technical progress, will become one of the first adopters of the new Desktop Metal Shop System™, the world’s first metal binder jetting system designed for machine shops and metal job shops.

This announcement builds on the early momentum Cetim is seeing with the installation of the Desktop Metal Studio System™ into its Cluses, France facility. With both the Studio System, for rapid prototyping and low volume production of metal parts, and now the Shop System, Cetim’s customers, which span aerospace, oil and gas, automotive and other industries, will be able to explore new advanced solutions for their manufacturing needs – from low-volume prototyping to mid-volume runs of complex metal parts.

“As the demand for metal AM continues to grow, it is challenging for many of the mechanical industry companies we work with to identify the right solution that meets their needs and then to implement it in an effective and cost efficient way,” said Pierre Chalandon, Chief Operating Officer at Cetim, the Technical Centre for Mechanical Industry based in France.

“Desktop Metal technologies with both the Studio System and new Shop System completes our additive manufacturing machines park. From a general point of view, Metal Binder Jetting Technology is promising for a large part of our clients. Desktop Metal solutions portfolio covers the full metal product lifecycle, which is complementary to our experience on sintered material and finishing Operations,” Chalandon said.

In addition to the implementation of both the Studio System and Shop System, Cetim and Desktop Metal plan to collaborate on a variety of research initiatives leveraging Desktop Metal’s technologies, including design for metal AM processes, post-processing and finishing techniques qualification, workflow optimization and materials development, among others.

The Shop System, launched during Formnext 2019 in Frankfurt, Germany, enables shop owners to leverage affordable, high-quality binder jetting technology to print end-use metal parts with unparalleled speed, print quality, and productivity. Offering the most cost-effective solution in the industry starting at $150,000 USD for the printer, this high-speed, single-pass print engine helps shop owners eliminate many of the constraints previously seen with traditional manufacturing methods like CNC machining and tap into new opportunities to reduce their costs and increase revenue.

The Studio System, the world’s first office-friendly metal 3D printing system for functional prototyping and low volume production, is designed to make metal 3D printing more accessible, enabling design and engineering teams to print metal parts faster, without the need for special facilities, dedicated operators, or expensive tooling. The three-part solution, including printer, debinder and furnace, automates metal 3D printing by tightly integrating through Desktop Metal’s cloud-based software to deliver a seamless workflow for printing complex metal parts in-house – from digital file to sintered part.

“When it comes to empowering industrial companies with the additive manufacturing technologies of the future, Cetim is truly one of the leaders in Europe,” said Ric Fulop, CEO and co-founder, Desktop Metal.

“We are excited to partner with Cetim as one of the first customers for our ground-breaking Shop System and are eager to collaborate with Cetim on our shared efforts to change the way that companies manufacture around the globe.”

Cetim is one of the French leaders in metal additive manufacturing development, with different platforms and associated partners, covering almost all the direct and indirect technologies including LPBF, WAAM and MBJ dedicated to the transfer to industrials. Cetim is also strongly involved in international normalization of metal additive manufacturing. Cetim coordinates AFH, the initiative Additive Factory Hub which aims to innovate, develop and integrate additive manufacturing to address the key industrial and economic challenges.

Cetim has been involved in additive manufacturing for more than 15 years and has been developing specifically the Metal Binder Jetting technology for five years, from the design, the process, the characterization to the finishing steps. MBJ technology is opening new opportunities, increasing the production capacities, decreasing the global cost and allowing new materials.

About CETIM

As the leading French player in the fields of mechanical engineering innovation and R&D, Cetim has built up a wide network of partners. Its engineers and technicians operate in more than 30 countries each year. R&D function is carried out either within specific sectors or cutting across sector boundaries, and within either a national or an international context. It embraces a range of complementary aspects, including prospective studies in conjunction with international scientific communities, R&D concerning all areas of mechanical engineering, industry-specific studies and projects, and the large-scale federative technological projects. Cetim provides a comprehensive array of services to the mechanical engineering industry from consulting to testing and from engineering to training in new skills. Cetim is labelled Carnot institute, member of the Réseau CTI and of the Alliance Industrie du futur. www.Cetim.fr.

About Desktop Metal

Desktop Metal, Inc., based in Burlington, Massachusetts, is accelerating the transformation of manufacturing with end-to-end 3D printing solutions. 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 3D printing 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; named to MIT Technology Review’s list of 50 Smartest Companies; and recognized among the most important innovations in engineering in Popular Science’s “Best of What’s New.” For more information, visit www.desktopmetal.com.

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Ceramic Applications with XJet – XJet Blog June 2020

Can AM unlock some of ceramic’s lesser known material properties?

Dror Danai, CBO, XJet

Working with many ceramics manufacturers over the last few years I’ve noticed there are a few ‘go to’ material properties – hardness, durability, heat resistance and insulation – that are generally associated with ceramics. However, when I look at some of the developments coming out of ceramic additive manufacturing (AM), the ‘hero’ material characteristics that make new trailblazing applications possible are often those that are rarely mentioned – such as being nonmagnetic or chemically inert, or the material’s unique dielectric constant.

Non-magnetic cryotherapy prove for use on an MRI

A new hero in town?

Take for instance Marvel Medtech’s cryotherapy probe. The intent of the device is to treat early stage breast lesions suspected of being or becoming cancerous with cryoablation before a diagnosis is even made. The device works on an MRI, so if lesions are detected, cryoablation can be used to treat the area immediately, using the MRI to guide the probe. This preventative treatment is expected to have a huge impact in preventing the recurrence and spreading of the disease, which is the most common cancer for women across the world. The result will be more lives saved, improved quality of life, and lower healthcare costs.

Marvel MedTech’s cryotherapy probe for 100% removal of breast cancer lesions

The University of Delaware’s Passive Beam Steering antenna tells a similar story. UDEL (University of Delaware) set about developing an antenna in response to the challenge of rolling out the 5G network; whilst 5G signals deliver data 10-20 times faster than 4G, they are also more sensitive to interference, requiring a vast increase in antenna number to provide reliable signal. UDEL’s design delivered the small, lightweight, cost-effective antennae needed to meet the volume increase but also required smooth, accurate inner channels to retain wave direction, with the right dielectric constant so signals would not be absorbed and weakened. In this case, the dielectric constant of ceramic was the hero characteristic, which was once again unlocked by the complex geometries enabled by AM.

Exact dielectric constant for creating a perfect Passive Beam Steering antenna
University of Delaware’s Passive Beam Steering antenna is potentially a game-changer in the roll-out of 5G

A third notable application is earbuds, another device produced with XJet ceramic additive manufacturing. Like the 5G antenna, smooth, accurate internal channels are essential to provide an elevated acoustic experience. In addition, whilst the vast majority of earbuds on the market today are constructed from plastic and metal components with gel cups and rubber for comfort, an issue with these materials is that they generally break down over time due to exposure to the liquids and wax that are naturally found in our ears. When components are made from chemically inert ceramics, the earbuds typically have a much longer lifespan, as luxury lifestyle brands are discovering.

Chemically inert earbuds with smooth internal channels for a clean sound

Epic opportunity

The recently released SmarTech Analysis 2020 Report predicts that ceramic AM will grow from the $184 million market it was in 2019 to a $4.8 billion opportunity in 2030. I believe the applications I’ve talked about above, made possible with AM, just scratch the surface. Many ‘impossible’ feats will be made possible, unlocked by additive manufacturing, as ceramic material properties and applications are explored further. With that, it’s an attainable prediction and I’m very much looking forward to the ingenuity and invention that is inspired on the journey.

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PostProcess and Great Lakes Dental Case Study

CASE STUDY
IMPLEMENTING ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING TO UNLOCK THE FUTURE OF DENTAL

Great Lakes Dental Technologies started as a small orthodontic laboratory in 1964 and now operates one of North America’s largest orthodontic laboratories, offering more than 4000 products and services. In addition to distribution, on-site education and training, and in-house manufacturing, Great Lakes adopted the use of additive manufacturing over ten years ago.

Dentistry is a field in which additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, is expected to see a lot of growth in the coming years. In fact, a 2019 SmarTech Analysis report found that additive manufacturing for the dental industry is projected to grow into a $9 billion market by 2028. Because 3D printing is renowned for its ability to manufacture one-of-a-kind, intricate solutions quickly, it is ideal for the development of retainers, dentures, custom implants, crowns, and more. Without the option of additive manufacturing, most dentistry operations are forced to rely on more labor-intensive subtractive manufacturing
methods, like milling machines, for example.

Enter PostProcess Technologies, a pioneering start-up out of Buffalo founded in 2015 whose automated solutions for the post-printing segment of additive manufacturing are shaking up the market. Their approach of using software to apply intelligence to what is usually a highly manual process with conventional equipment helps companies scale and improve efficiencies. The pairing of these two Western New York companies is a story of well-established and early growth stage businesses with a
shared passion for innovation.

Great Lakes is all-in on additive manufacturing applications for their dental business. They have specifically invested in PolyJet, DLP, and SLS 3D printing in their own facility and as a reseller of Stratasys and 3D Systems solutions. Great Lakes successfully integrated additive manufacturing into its workflow until it came time for the post-printing step. Because dental appliances are manufactured on a case-by-case basis, no two designs are the same. A dental aligner is customized for each patient and features numerous intricate crevices that can be difficult to post-print and to remove excess powder from. The accuracy of these appliances is critical to both comfort and function. It is imperative that dental aligners and similar custom products have a completely smooth exterior, which is only achievable through surface finishing. This presents Great Lakes with the need for not one, but two efficient SLS post-printing techniques – powder removal and surface finishing. Without an automated solution, both techniques require a significant amount of manual labor. While this tedious task isn’t an ideal use of time for technicians, the process also reduces efficiencies and slows down lead times.

SLS 3D Printed Dental Part
DOUBLING DOWN ON A STREAMLINED WORKFLOW WITH POSTPROCESS

When Great Lakes Dental Technologies decided it was time to automate their post-printing process, PostProcess worked collaboratively to identify the best solution for their needs through a series of benchmark tests. Typically, the two different post-printing processes would require two different solutions. However, PostProcess was able to maximize Great Lakes’ ROI by presenting them with a feasible 2-in-1 solution to automate both their powder removal and surface finishing needs for their SLS prints with their RADOR solution.

The patent-pending RADOR utilizes software intelligence, hardware, and advanced vibratory technology to dually remove powder from and burnish printed parts. The secret behind this flexible automated solution is the Suspended Rotational Force (SRF) technology, which employs their AUTOMAT3D software to create an effective friction force and suspend parts in a circulating motion. This movement ensures that every area of each part receives equal exposure to the finishing hardware. The rotary motion is kicked into gear by the machine’s vibratory tub. These vibrations are essential to RADOR’s effective powder removal and surface finishing capabilities.

PostProcess™ RADOR™Surface Finish Solution

It’s worth noting that absolutely no chemical energy is applied to the SLS dental parts. Instead, finishing media serves as the real workhorse in this solution. After taking print materials, product shapes, and finishing requirements into account, PostProcess engineers matched Great Lakes with the ideal media to finish their complex dental designs.


Since having installed PostProcess’s automated post-printing technologies, Great Lakes has experienced a significant decrease in cycle time and manual labor for their SLS printing workflow. “The RADOR has not only improved our efficiencies but has allowed us to produce a superior product while maintaining our valued workforce,” commented James R. Kunkemoeller, President and CEO, Great Lakes Dental Technologies. “Great Lakes’ forward-thinking mentality has always driven us to look for ways to improve business sustainability, competitiveness, and workforce retention.”

About Great Lakes Dental
Beginning as a small orthodontic laboratory in 1964, Great Lakes Dental Technologies now operates as one of North America’s largest orthodontic laboratories, offering more than 4,000 products and services. As a veteran of additive manufacturing for more than ten years now, Great Lakes executes distribution, on-site education and training, and in-house manufacturing of retainers, orthodontic appliances, TMJ splints, sleep appliances and more.


About PostProcess Technologies
PostProcess Technologies is the only provider of automated and intelligent post-printing solutions for 3D printed parts. Founded in 2014 and headquartered in Buffalo, NY, USA, with international operations in Sophia-Antipolis, France, PostProcess removes the bottleneck in the third step of 3D printing – post-printing – through patent-pending software, hardware, and chemistry technologies. The company’s solutions automate industrial 3D printing’s most common post-printing processes with a software-based approach, including support, resin, and powder removal, as well as surface finishing, resulting in “customer-ready” 3D printed parts. The PostProcess portfolio has been proven across all major industrial 3D printing technologies and is in use daily in every imaginable manufacturing sector.

POSTPROCESS TECHNOLOGIES
2495 Main St., Suite 615, Buffalo NY 14214
1.866.430.5354

POSTPROCESS TECHNOLOGIES INTERNATIONAL
Les Aqueducs B3, 535 Route des Lucioles, 06560 Sophia Antipolis, France
+33 (0)4 22 32 68 13

e-mail: info@postprocess.com
official website: www.postprocess.com

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