FreeFORM Technologies Buys Desktop Metal Systems

FreeFORM now operates 25 DM printers that can produce components for companies with complex part designs.

FreeFORM now operates 25 DM printers that can produce components for companies with complex part designs.

FreeFORM Technologies President Nate Higgins, shown in front of a Desktop Metal X25Pro, operates a large fleet of 25 Desktop Metal binder jet 3D printers at Pennsylvania-based FreeFORM. Image courtesy of Business Wire.

Desktop Metal has sold a Production System P-50 and a full fleet of metal binder jet systems to FreeFORM Technologies. FreeFORM’s primary investor is Ryerson Holding Corporation, a processor and distributor of industrial metals, with operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico and China.

Based in St. Marys, PA, FreeFORM now operates a fleet of 25 metal printers through the sale. Previously, FreeFORM owned nine Desktop Metal binder jetting systems. FreeFORM is now 3D printing production jobs for hundreds of customers globally. The company has produced more than 350,000 parts with binder jetting technology for customers in the industrial, defense, medical, robotic and consumer goods markets, and its facilities are also equipped with traditional manufacturing and quality control tools.

“FreeFORM’s investment in metal binder jetting demonstrates our continued commitment to employing world-class additive manufacturing processes to meet the needs of our customers,” says Nate Higgins, president of FreeFORM. “This addition of DM printers strengthens our capabilities in this area, allowing us to provide greater cost efficiency and speed to market.”

“Desktop Metal is delighted to see a startup with deep experience in powder metal and sinter-based technologies pushing the limits of what metal binder jet 3D printing technology can do,” says Ric Fulop, Founder and CEO of Desktop Metal. “FreeFORM is leading the way among our Super Fleet owners, which we define as customers using three or more of our Additive Manufacturing 2.0 systems. Desktop Metal now has hundreds of Super Fleet customers worldwide delivering final production of metal, polymer, and ceramic parts with our binder jet additive manufacturing systems.”

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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