Additive metal production platform
3D Systems announced a next-generation additive metal production platform designed to allow manufacturers to easily scale their additive manufacturing (AM) and integrate it seamlessly into the factory floor.
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 500mm x 500mm x 500mm, the system is engineered to open new applications in AM for companies in Aerospace, Industrial, and Automotive industries.
The modular design 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) for powder and part transport between printer, powder, and transport modules for continuous production workflow and maximized powder quality
- Printer modules designed to withstand 24/7 production cycles, enabling maximum printer up-time and output
- Powder management modules (PMMs) de-powder parts on build platforms, automatically recycle unused powder materials, and prepare the RPM for the next build
- Transport modules enable efficient movement of the RPMs between printer and powder modules, reducing production time.
The DMP 8500 factory solution will integrate 3D Systems' innovative 3DXpert software, which prepares and optimizes parts for streamlined direct metal production of functional parts.
The new platform is planned to be available in Q4 2018.