Introducing the Studio System 2

With a simplified, two-step process, the Studio System 2 is the easiest way to print complex, high-quality metal parts in your office.

Studio System 2

With a simplified, two-step process that eliminates the need for solvent debinders, The Studio System 2 packs all the benefits of the original Studio System – no hazardous metal powders or lasers, no dedicated operators, no special facilities need – into a package that’s more accessible than ever before and that produces even higher-quality parts.

Origins of the Studio System

When it was introduced in 2016, the Studio System brought high-quality metal 3D printing to the office environment. Where legacy powder bed fusion systems had cost upwards of a million dollars, required significant training, specialized facilities, and included safety hazards like loose metal powder and lasers, the Studio System allowed engineers, for the first time, to easily print metal parts in-house.

“Now, the next generation in office-friendly metal 3D printing has arrived.”

The Studio System 2 takes ease and accessibility to the next level while delivering a wider range of possible geometries and significant improvements to part quality.

What’s new?

Easy Two-Step Process (No Solvents)

The original Studio System was designed from the ground up to deliver an easier and more accessible metal 3D printing solution for office environments. The Studio System 2 takes this a step further by eliminating the solvent debind phase entirely — unlocking a drastically simpler and nearly hands-off, two-step workflow. Parts no longer need to be batched before debinding, and then batched again before sintering. Instead, printed parts are placed directly into the furnace where they are debound and sintered in a single, customized sintering cycle.

With no solvent debind phase, the Studio System 2 process also eliminates odors and environmental health and safety (EHS) concerns related to solvent debinding, making it even easier for users to get up and running. Without the need for solvent debinding, users enjoy reduced part costs related to consumables, a reduced system footprint, and easier installation.

[Two-Step Process] With the Studio System 2, printed parts are placed directly in the furnace. No need for solvent debind.

High Quality Parts

Based on data from thousands of prints, Desktop Metal’s team of engineers and material scientists have made significant advancements to Studio System 2 part quality.

The Studio System 2 features redesigned hardware, including a heated build chamber, new standard and high-resolution printheads and an improved sintering furnace, all of which add up to enhanced processing capabilities that enable the new two-step process. These hardware upgrades are combined with an all-new material system and optimized print and sinter profiles in Fabricate, resulting in parts with significantly improved surface finish on support-facing surfaces and reduced stair stepping on side walls.

Reliability and Part Success

Designed to consistently deliver high-performance metal parts, Studio System 2 minimizes the trial and error common in alternative 3D printing processes, enabled by new print profiles and a re-engineered interface layer material for more even shrinkage during sintering and increased part success across an array of geometries.

Updated print profiles

Built in print profiles make part creation as easy as a few clicks. For users looking for greater control, the Studio System 2 also offers over 90 parameters for fine-tuning, making it easy to tailor parts to your exact needs.

The Studio System 2 features a new gyroid infill structure which offers a number of benefits to both the build process and part quality. This high-strength isotropic gyroid infill allows lightweight parts while retaining part strength.

Most importantly, the gyroid structure allows for efficient thermal debinding, which is critical to the sintering success of any part and results in faster printing and faster overall processing of thicker geometries.

Processing time savings for thicker geometries:

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Celebrating the Year of Metal Ox with a 3D-printed Golden Bull – Happy Lunar New Year 2021!

This Lunar New Year has been an unprecedented and different one with many of us celebrating apart from our family and loved ones which should be the time for reunion.

Despite that, we know it is worth it for we are doing our part in breaking the chain of infections with one thing in mind – going back to our loved ones safely one day.

Celebrating the Lunar New Year is extra thrilling and special than before when we can make our own ornaments and decorations at home. Also, what better idea to make a DIY Golden Bull as a gift?

Of course, in this year of Metal Ox, we are 3D printing a Golden Bull that signify strength and perseverance to come through in this difficult time.

Continue to read up for a detailed guide in how we 3D-printed a Golden Bull to welcome the new year!

First, download the Golden Bull STL file from GrabCAD – the largest online community of professional engineers, designers, manufacturers, and STEM students.

Inspect and repair the STL using the free software from Microsoft 3D Builder.

Since we were going to print in full size by using Rax5050. The size was too big and it exceeded the build volume of 500*500*500mm.

Hence, we are cutting it into 5 pieces to ease and optimise the printing process.

The Slicer used was Ultimaker Cura 4.7 with Custom Supports Plugin installed to customise support at the area needed easily.

Slicer setting
Layer height                : 0.35mm
Nozzle size                  : 0.80mm
Material                       : PLA
Temperature               : Nozzle 190oC, bed 50oC
Wall line count           : 2
Top bottom                 : 4 layers
Infill                              : 20%
Print speed                  : 40mm/s
Brim                            : On, 20-line count
Support                       : Off, custom support at certain area

Printer used was updated with custom firmware and modified direct extruder with 0.8mm nozzle size.

With the custom firmware, we were able to perform a 49-points bed levelling to greatly increase the success rate of first layer print.

With the filament sensor, it paused the print when we ran out of material which saved us several times from scrapping the 18 hours printed part.

The semi-completed part was post-processed before assembly.

The stringing was removed with a heated air gun and a trimming tool was deployed to remove unwanted droplets. The parts were sanded using a file, sanding sponge and rotary tool.

Coat the parts with Bondo Filler Primer and a thin layer of paint before joining and bonding.

The contact point was too small; hence glue is not suitable for joining applications. The filament welding method with 3D pen was used to ensure the bonding is strong and sturdy.

After touching up the joint with a sanding sponge, final layer spray was applied.

Ta-da! A fabulous Golden Bull is ready to rock your home party!
Make your own Golden Bull at the comfort of your own home. We promise it was nothing but fun!

3D printer used: RAX5050
Filament: PLA

To enquire about the 3D printer and printing materials, contact the IME 3D printing team.