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Desktop Metal and the KITECH form AM partnership

Posted on 13 Jan 2022 and read 996 times
Desktop Metal and the KITECH form AM partnershipDesktop Metal Production System P-1 platform

US-based Desktop Metal and the Korea Institute of Industrial Technology (KITECH) have announced a partnership that aims to accelerate the industrialisation and adoption of additive manufacturing (AM) in South Korea, starting with the installation of the Desktop Metal Shop System and Production System P-1 platforms.

KITECH is a leading research institute that facilitates the development of manufacturing technologies for companies across South Korea, with a focus on small- and medium-size enterprises (SMEs).

The installation of Desktop Metal’s ‘state of the art’ binder jet solutions will enable KITECH to ‘help drive adoption of these production-focused technologies with SMEs, to address use cases in automotive, consumer electronics and heavy industries,as well as the oil and gas industry’. KITECH plans to leverage Desktop Metal’s solutions to manufacture components at industrial scale volumes and develop new materials for a variety of AM applications.

Chung-Soo Kim, project manager and senior researcher at KITECH’s 3-D Printing Manufacturing Process Centre, said: “We at KITECH are very excited to partner with Desktop Metal on the installation of its industry-leading metal AM solution. Metal binder jetting is disruptive to most other metal AM technologies because of its ability to produce components at unprecedented speeds and low costs. The adoption of binder jetting will change the development environment in the additive manufacturing industry in South Korea.”

Ric Fulop, Desktop Metal’s founder and CEO, said: “Metal binder jetting is ripe for adoption in Asia-Pacific, and we are honoured to partner with KITECH to further scale the technology in South Korea. With our shared vision, the installation of these binder jet solutions will serve as a catalyst for innovation, development and commercialisation of AM 2.0 technologies in the region, and accelerate the transformation of the manufacturing industry worldwide.”

Developed by the inventors of binder jetting and single-pass inkjet technology, the Production System is an industrial manufacturing platform powered by Desktop Metal’s patent-pending Single Pass Jetting (SPJ) technology.

It is designed to achieve speeds up to 100-times those of legacy powder bed fusion AM technologies and enable production quantities of up to millions of parts per year at costs competitive with conventional mass production techniques.