Meta Additive, a company developing a very interesting technology based on a hybrid of binder and material jetting (a story that 3dpbm first broke, exclusively, on this website a few months ago, in a story properly titled: What comes after binder jetting?), is the latest high profile acquisition for Desktop Metal. The story just broke and we’ll have more updates soon.
“Meta Additive has developed non-sacrificial binders that use organometallics and particles of functional build material to bind and infiltrate the powder bed simultaneously during the binder jetting process. This revolutionary binder IP has the potential to reduce part shrinkage during sintering, enabling larger parts, improved tolerances, and increased productivity,” commented Ric Fulop, Founder and CEO, Desktop Metal.
“We say our technology is a bit like binder jetting ‘on steroids’, Dr. Kate Black, Meta Additive’s Co-founder said in our latest interview. “We are searching for a different terminology that could help users and the wider AM community understand the difference.” In a sense, Meta Additive’s technology is following the trend that sees all jetting technologies—even powder bed-based ones such as binder jetting—become increasingly hybridized for further leveraging the inkjet head’s voxel control capabilities.