Two leading manufacturing centres of excellence in the UK have been named as the first to install a transformative additive manufacturing technology, developed by Desktop Metal. World top 100 academic establishment the University of Sheffield, and global engineering solutions firm Weir Group, are the first UK organizations to implement the Desktop Metal Studio System, working with UK reseller and platinum partner Tri-Tech 3D.
The Studio System is designed to provide an office-friendly metal 3D printing solution that can allow for rapid prototyping at low volume and cost while providing users with the ability to efficiently produce tooling, jigs, and fixtures, features which were previously cost-prohibitive. The Studio System has already had a major impact on the additive manufacturing arena, with companies such as Ford, Google ATAP, Goodyear, BMW Group, John Zink Hamworthy Combustion, and ProtoLabs, all becoming early adopters of the platform and attracting encouraging interest from fast followers. Based on 2019 worldwide benchmarking data collated by Desktop Metal, many parts produced using the Studio System demonstrated drastic cost reductions as well as speed in fabrication, producing parts in days instead of weeks or months.