Major automaker places $ 7.9 million order for Desktop Metal 3D printing systems


Office metalBinder 3D printing is set to be used for mass production of automotive powertrain components as the additive manufacturing company confirms a $ 7.9 million order from a ” large German car manufacturer ”.

The anonymous customer will use the company’s metal binder jet machines to produce the components on a large scale and join a growing list of auto giants such as BMW and Ford Motor Company who have already invested in Desktop Metal technology. .

“We are proud to work with a number of major global automotive suppliers to expand their adoption of additive manufacturing for the mass production of end-use automotive components,” said Ric Fulop, Founder and CEO of Desktop Metal. “This milestone order is proof of the performance and economy that make our binder jet solutions the most advanced in the world and a testament to our teams who have worked tirelessly to help make the vision of the mass production through additive manufacturing a reality. “

The deal ends a busy year for the company that started the 3D printing mergers and acquisitions trend in January with the surprise $ 300 million takeover of EnvisionTEC, the creator of digital light processing ( DLP), 20 years old. This was quickly followed by a series of acquisitions with Aerosint, Aidro, Adaptive3D, and most notably, binder-jet 3D printing company ExOne in a deal worth $ 575 million.

In a recent issue of TCT Magazine, Fulop described how these agreements, along with recent adjustments and hardware additions to its Shop System, Studio System and Production System machines, support the company’s AM 2.0 vision, which aims to ” harness the power of AM on a large scale. for mass production.

Fulop said: “We’re in this segment of additive manufacturing that is growing very quickly and it’s not tooling or prototyping – it’s what was done yesterday. Now it’s about mass production, competing with conventional manufacturing, and changing the way people make things.

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