Metal 3D Printing Patents Make it Easier to Remove Support Structures. Desktop Metal is a Massachusetts-based company that has developed office and mass production-level metal 3D printers. Desktop Metal has just been granted the patents for its proprietary Separable Supports technology.
According to Jonah Myerberg, Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder, “As a company driven by invention, we are committed to innovating and protecting our technology through strategic intellectual property achievements. For the first time, the technological innovation in these patents enables users to print large metal parts with complex geometries that can be easily removed from their support structures by hand or to print metal objects with separable interlocking structures. Traditional laser powder bed methods for metal additive manufacturing (AM) are restricted to single materials and are both difficult and costly to implement,” said Myerberg. “Desktop Metal has designed new approaches for metal AM that allow multiple materials to be used during printing. This makes it possible to print support structures that do not bond to parts and consolidate during sintering with the part, and, as a result, high dimensional accuracy is achieved, and support structures are easily removed by hand. We believe the benefit of this technology covered by the patents will enable substantially increased adoption of metal AM.”
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