Desktop Metal is partnering with The University of Toledo Institute of Applied Engineering Research on the development of nitinol, Rene, and non-weldable nickel-based alloys.
November 19, 2021
BOSTON—Desktop Metal, Inc., and The University of Toledo Institute of Applied Engineering Research are partnering to support the development of nickel-titanium (nitinol) alloys, Rene alloys, and other non-weldable nickel-based, high-temperature materials on Desktop Metal’s Production System™ platform, Desktop Metal said in a release.
The Production System platform features patent-pending Single Pass Jetting™ (SPJ) technology that is “designed to achieve the fastest build speeds in the metal additive manufacturing industry,” according to the release.
“We are thrilled to partner with The University of Toledo on this disruptive technology development, opening up a tremendous opportunity for medical, aviation, and space applications, ” said Desktop Metal CEO Ric Fulop, in the release. “Our Production System platform enables the development of new materials for binder jet 3D printing that can be used for at-scale production. We’re proactively partnering with leading research universities around the world to accelerate materials development and look forward to working with The University of Toledo to advance the development of Nitinol and other critical alloys for binder jetting.”
Desktop Metal has developed a 3D printing portfolio from rapid prototyping to mass production. The Burlington, Massachusetts-based company, founded in 2015 by leaders in advanced manufacturing, metallurgy, and robotics, is working to address what it described as “the unmet challenges of speed, cost, and quality to make additive manufacturing an essential tool for engineers and manufacturers around the world.” Desktop Metal was selected as one of the world’s 30 most promising Technology Pioneers by the World Economic Forum.
Behrang Poorganji, Ph.D., research professor and director of advanced manufacturing at The University of Toledo College of Engineering, said in the release that the partnership with Desktop Metal will bring a Production System P-1 to the university’s lab and open new horizons in materials and application development.
“By combining our metallurgy, software, chemistry, and design expertise, this partnership will allow us to pursue the development of numerous advanced materials, including Nitinol, a shape memory alloy used for many medical applications; ultra-high temperature nickel-based superalloys, such as Rene alloys, for aerospace; conductive materials, such as pure copper for electrification; and lightweight materials, including advanced aluminum alloys for automotive applications,” Poorjani said in the release. “We believe our collaboration with Desktop Metal will accelerate our education, training, and workforce development, which will be key to successful technology adoption in the industry for the future years ahead of us.”