Desktop Metal Set to Transform Continuous Fiber 3D Printing
BURLINGTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov 1, 2019--
Desktop Metal, the company committed to making 3D printing accessible to engineers and manufacturers, announces the launch of Fiber , the worlds first desktop 3D printer to fabricate high resolution parts with industrial grade continuous fiber composite materials used in automated fiber placement (AFP) processes. Based on a new process called micro automated fiber replacement (AFP), users can now print parts with a superior level of strength and stiffness, and in a broad range of materials, that traditionally required million dollar AFP systems.
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The Desktop Metal Fiber printer is the first 3D printer with AFP continuous carbon fiber reinforcement, delivering industrial fiber performance on the desktop. (Photo: Business Wire)
This affordable new platform produces parts using materials that are two times stronger than steel at one-fifth the weight. Fiber printers feature one of the largest build envelopes of any continuous fiber desktop printer and are designed to be arranged in print farm configurations of 6 or 10 printers.
For the first time, Fiber printers combine the material properties of high performance AFP continuous fiber materials with the affordability and speed of a desktop 3D printer, said Ric Fulop, CEO and co-founder of Desktop Metal.
Introducing Fiber Fiber is the first continuous fiber desktop....