Cetim (France’s Technical Centre for Mechanical Industry — www.cetim.fr/en
) and the 3-D printing company Desktop Metal (www.desktopmetal.com
) have announced a partnership to “accelerate the global adoption of metal additive manufacturing”.
Cetim, which works closely with industrial companies to identify market opportunities and facilitate innovation and technical progress, will become one of the first adopters of the new Desktop Metal Shop System — said to be the world’s first metal binder jetting system designed for machine shops and metal job shops.
This announcement builds on the ‘early momentum’ that Cetim is seeing with the installation of the Desktop Metal Studio System into its facility in Cluses.
With both the Studio System — for the rapid prototyping and low-volume production of metal parts — and now the Shop System, Cetim’s customers (spanning 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.
Pierre Chalandon, chief operating officer at Cetim, said: “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.”
In addition to the implementation of both the Studio System and the 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 optimisation and materials development.
Ric Fulop, CEO and co-founder of Desktop Metal, said: “When it comes to empowering industrial companies with the additive-manufacturing technologies of the future, Cetim is truly one of the leaders in Europe.
“We are excited to partner with Cetim as one of the first customers for our ground-breaking Shop System, and we are eager to collaborate with Cetim to change the way that companies manufacture around the globe.”