Tapmaster Incorporated, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, has launched a new Additive Manufacturing division – SumMetal Printing – to provide rapid prototyping and short-run production to local businesses. The company is reported to own the only Desktop Metal Shop System additively manufacturing 316L stainless steel for direct contract use in Canada.
Alongside Additive Manufacturing technology, the company will use its HAAS CNC Milling and Lathe capability to produce prototypes at a shortened turnaround time; the company anticipates that ninety-six-hour turnaround times will be possible.
The Desktop Metal Shop System uses Binder Jetting (BJT) Additive Manufacturing technology and can process multiple different parts simultaneously, as well as short run production of final end-use parts. When complete, the parts produced are said to be 99% dense, making them ideal for use in any environment where Metal Injection Moulding (MIM) or casting would be used. The high resolution of the Shop System also allows for parts to be made that would otherwise need to be machined.
“We are very excited to bring this new manufacturing technology to market in Canada,” stated Tyler Pubben, president of Tapmaster Incorporated/SumMetal Printing. “We hope to help accelerate the already impressive growth in the local manufacturing and start-up community.”