Desktop Metal Begins Shipping to First Pioneer Customers

Companies Span Multiple Industries – Heavy Machinery, Consumer Electronics, Automotive, Service Bureaus, Machine Shops and Government & Education

BURLINGTON, Mass. – (December 18, 2017) – Just eight months after its initial introduction,  Desktop Metal today announced it has begun shipping its metal 3D printer to early pioneer customers as part of the Studio System™ rollout.  

Participating in Desktop Metal’s Pioneers Program, Google’s Advanced Technology and  Products (ATAP) group is the first pioneer to receive the Studio printer. Among the inaugural  Pioneer customers in the program, companies span six industries – heavy machinery, consumer electronics, automotive, service bureaus, machine shops ,and government & education. Benchmark parts range from tooling, prototyping, and jigs & fixtures, to end-use parts for functional applications.  

“Since the launch of our Pioneers Program, we have seen really passionate engineers and world-class companies begin to develop benchmark metal 3D printed parts with the Studio  System,” said Ric Fulop, CEO and co-founder of Desktop Metal. “We are extremely excited to begin shipping our Studio printer to these early pioneer customers and sales partners, including Google’s ATAP, and, over the next several months, will be working closely with each to learn more about how engineers want to use our system.”  

Desktop Metal Pioneer Customer Lumenium LLC
Pioneer customer Lumenium LLC examines a connecting rod built on the Studio System.
Desktop Metal Pioneer customers in the USA, in addition to Google’s ATAP, include: US Navy’s Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division; Built-Rite Tool & Die; The Technology House; Medtronic; and Lumenium LLC. Each Pioneer will begin receiving the Studio System over the coming months, with broader distribution to those who reserved the  system in early 2018. Additionally, more than 30 USA sales partners will be receiving the Studio System to begin the process of offering product demonstrations and creating benchmark parts for interested customers. 

“This marks the first time our team will be able to use metal 3D printing for rapid prototyping of our hardware parts,” said David Beardsley, manager of Google’s ATAP. “For prototyping, we have previously relied upon casting or using plastic 3D printing. Now with the Studio System,  our team will experience shorter lead times, faster product development cycles and the  benefits of functional prototypes in an array of metals on demand and in the lab. We look forward to exploring and developing potential applications for many of our projects.” 

The Studio System, which debuted in May, is the first office-friendly metal 3D printing system for rapid prototyping and is 10 times less expensive than existing technology today. The Studio  System is a complete platform, including a printer, a debinder, and a sintering furnace that, together, deliver metal 3D printed parts in an engineer’s office or on the shop floor. 

About Desktop Metal 
Desktop Metal, Inc., based in Burlington, Massachusetts, is accelerating the transformation of  manufacturing with end-to-end metal 3D printing solutions. Founded in 2015 by leaders in  advanced manufacturing, metallurgy, and robotics, the company is addressing the unmet  challenges of speed, cost, and quality to make metal 3D printing an essential tool for engineers  and manufacturers around the world. Desktop Metal has raised a total of $212 million in  financing, with the Series D marking the largest round ever for an additive manufacturing  company. Among the company’s investors include GV (formerly Google Ventures), GE  Ventures, BMW, Lowe’s, and Techtronic Industries (TTI). In 2017, Desktop Metal was selected  as one of the world’s 30 most promising Technology Pioneers by World Economic Forum;  named to MIT Technology Review’s list of 50 Smartest Companies; and recognized among the  most important innovations in engineering in Popular Science’s “2017 Best of What’s New.” For more information, visit www.desktopmetal.com. 


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