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Leading global MIM company to adopt Desktop Metal’s Production System

Indo-MIM to deploy metal 3D printing at scale targeting one-million part batches

Yesterday we told you that Fast Radius was next in line to get a Desktop Metal Production System. We may, however, have gotten a little ahead of ourselves as Desktop Metal today revealed that Indo-MIM, a leading global supplier of precision-engineered products using Metal Injection Molding (MIM), will also be deploying metal 3D printing at scale using the new Production System.

Indo-MIM produces over 100 million metal parts annually for leading global OEMs. Together, Desktop Metal and
Indo-MIM will offer innovative solutions to enable companies around the world to design and produce
metal additively manufactured parts at scale and shorten time to market.

As one of the first companies to deploy the Desktop Metal Production System in its state-of-the-art factories, Indo
-MIM will draw upon its expertise in design, tooling, sintering, materials, and its full range of finishing and assembly operations, to deliver high-precision metal 3D printed parts to companies spanning the automotive,
aerospace, medical, industrial machinery industries and more.

As a strategic partner, Indo-MIM will become a full-service manufacturing partner for Desktop Metal, providing companies looking for a wide range of mass production with quantities of high-quality metal parts, ranging from tens of thousands to one million. Indo-MIM will also offer customers consulting services around downstream manufacturing and finishing processes key to going to production with metal additive manufacturing.

Indo-MIM

“This is a major step forward in the progress of additive manufacturing,” said Krishna Chivukula, Jr., CEO of Indo-MIM. “As the world’s largest MIM house, we know our customers in automotive, aerospace and other key industries will reap the benefits of this new mass manufacturing technology. We are excited to partner with Desktop Metal to bring metal additive manufacturing closer to those companies looking to achieve the speed, cost, and quality benefits to their businesses. With the Production System now joining our state-of-the-art factories, we will be fully integrated to provide customers with a one-stop resource for the manufacturing of complex precision components and sub-assemblies with additive manufacturing.

Powered by Single Pass Jetting technology, the Production System aims to deliver the speed, quality, and cost-per-part needed to compete with traditional manufacturing processes. Considered to be more than four times faster than any binder jet competitor, the system offers a 100 times speed improvement over laser-based systems. The Production System, which is designed to print a broad range of alloys, including reactive metals such as titanium and aluminum, enables the use of metal powders that are 80% less costly than those required by laser powder bed fusion metal processes, delivering parts at up to 1/20th the cost. Designed around the MIM chemistry and powder supply chain, the Production System allows access to a large and established ecosystem of low-cost, high-quality alloys with a mature supply chain and well-studied controls.

“The synergies of our companies are profound – both Desktop Metal and Indo-MIM are deeply rooted in MIM technology and we share an unbridled commitment to accelerate the availability of industrial additive manufacturing technologies,” said Ric Fulop, CEO and co-founder of Desktop Metal. “This collaboration with Indo-MIM will help deliver the power and promise of our Production System to companies with diverse manufacturing needs and to shift the paradigm from prototyping to include full-scale metal manufacturing.”

Indo-MIM will install the Production System in its San Antonio, Texas factory this summer and begin working with customers as early as fall 2019

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, I have built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, I spent 12 years in the United States, where I received my Bachelor of Arts undergraduate degree. As a journalist covering the tech industry - especially the videogame industry - for over 10 years, I began covering the AM industry specifically in 2013, as blogger. In 2016 I co-founded London-based 3D Printing Business Media Ltd. (now 3dpbm) which operates in marketing, editorial, and market analysis & consultancy services for the additive manufacturing industry. 3dpbm publishes 3D Printing Business Directory, the largest global directory of companies related to 3DP, and leading news and insights websites 3D Printing Media Network and Replicatore. I am also a Senior Analyst for leading US-based firm SmarTech Analysis focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets.

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