Desktop Metal Receives Multi-Million Dollar Award From Department of Defense for the Development of High-Volume Manufacturing Process to Mass Produce Cobalt-Free Hardmetal Parts

7 October, 2020

LDesktop Metal is a leader in mass production and turnkey additive manufacturing solutions, offering the fastest metal 3D printing technology in the market, up to 100 times the speed of legacy technologies

Investigations by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) to find a replacement for Cobalt (Co), traditionally used as a metallic binder material for cemented tungsten carbide (WC), has led to the development of a Co-free alternative binder

The three-year $2.45 million award will fund the development of a cost-effective, high-volume Additive Manufacturing (AM) process capable of manufacturing the novel Co-free hardmetals into complex, net or near-net shaped parts without the use of any tooling

The project is expected to further progress green sustainable process to manufacture these novel Co-free hardmetals and provide an environmentally friendly method to mass produce metals, alloys, cermets, and composite parts with superior properties for both commercial and DoD applications

The Desktop Metal Production System™ is designed to be the fastest way to 3D print metal parts at-scale, achieving print speeds up to 100x faster than legacy technologies and delivering thousands of parts per day at costs competitive with traditional manufacturing.