Shapeways and Desktop Metal partner to offer access to AM services
November 15, 2021
Global digital manufacturing platform provider Shapeways, Inc, New York City, USA, has partnered with Desktop Metal, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts, USA, to offer manufacturing and engineering teams improved flexibility and access to Additive Manufacturing services.
Consistent with the strategic partnership the parties entered into in early 2021, Shapeways is expanding Desktop Metal system capacity and capabilities by providing customers access to these solutions at Shapeways’ ISO-9001 manufacturing facilities in both Long Island City, New York, and Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
In addition, Desktop Metal plans to leverage Shapeways’ manufacturing capabilities and purpose-built software platform, Otto, to provide its customers with instant access to fully digitised, end-to-end AM workflows.
“We’re extremely pleased to progress our partnership with Shapeways and propel the Additive Manufacturing industry forward,” stated Ric Fulop, founder and CEO of Desktop Metal. “For customers starting their digital manufacturing journeys who may not be ready to purchase equipment of their own, Shapeways will offer instant access to Desktop Metal’s comprehensive portfolio of high-speed, AM 2.0 printing platforms and rich materials library, enabling them to benefit from expedited production, reduced costs, and flexible, overflow manufacturing capacity as dictated by growing business demands.”
Shapeways is investing in and deploying a broad portfolio of Desktop Metal solutions including Studio System™, Shop System™, Production System™, Fiber™, and RAM technology, as well as a variety of EnvisionTEC 3D photopolymer AM solutions to expand its global manufacturing footprint across metals, elastomers, polymers, composites, and digital casting applications. These AM solutions are intended to offer industrial customers a means to leverage Additive Manufacturing capacity on-demand to fuel business growth while balancing operating and capital expenditures. The full rollout of these AM solutions on Shapeways’ digital manufacturing platform will occur through early 2022, and additional Desktop Metal offerings will be available in the future. Additionally, Shapeways intends to add technology from other industry partners, including an extended suite of post-processing and finishing options over time.
“Together, Desktop Metal and Shapeways are democratising 3D printing, reinforced by our ability to offer anytime, anywhere access to an extensible array of high-quality manufacturing services,” commented Greg Kress, CEO of Shapeways. “As Desktop Metal’s largest manufacturing services partner, we are committed to establishing ourselves as the ‘go-to’ company for businesses around the world seeking fast, efficient, execution in turning digital designs into physical products.”