Digital Metal has received notice of completion of product testing and authorization to apply the UL Mark to its metal binder jetting system DM P2500. The company is also presenting two new supported meta alloys: Inconel 625 and the very interesting MAR 247.
UL (Underwriters Laboratories) is the world’s largest, not-for-profit product safety testing and certification organization global safety consulting and certification company, founded in 1894 and headquartered in the USA.
The technical team at Digital Metal has already addressed the requirements for both UL and CE certification, during the DM P2500’s development. Preparation for meeting these standards involves all steps of developing and designing a new machine. Each single component and system in the machine must be taken into account. The engineering time invested to meet these demands is, however, well spent. Not only does it ensure machine safety, but it also contributes to a good working environment.
The new UL certification proves that the DM P2500 printer meets all expected standard for the US and Canada. The DM P2500 is the first metal binder jetting system to receive UL certification, at a time when binder jetting technologies are getting a lot of attention.
“Employee and customers safety should be the number one priority for every business owner. It is crucial that the equipment you use on a regular basis is working properly and more importantly, that it is manufactured and installed correctly. The UL certification is an important way to ensure that and we are very happy to receive it”, commented Ralf Carlström, General Manager at Digital Metal.
New materials on the way
During MIM 2019, the International Conference on Injection Molding of Metals, Ceramics and Carbides, held in Orlando, Florida, between 25 and 27 February, Digital Metal also showed two new materials that will be officially launched during Q2.
The first Inconel 625 is an an alloy for high-temperature applications in industries such as automotive and aerospace. The second, MAR 247 is a super-alloy for high-temperature applications. Since MAR 247 is non-weldable it is not suitable for component production using traditional metal layering such as SLM. However, the complexity of the material fits well with binder jetting and Digital Metal’s production technique.