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Desktop Metal Acquires Aerosint – The Selective Powder Deposition Technology Pioneer

Multi-Material Deposition
Above: Multi-metal heat exchanger 3D printed using Aerosint selective powder deposition technology with stainless steel exterior and copper alloy interior/Image Source: Business Wire

Desktop Metal, a leader in mass production and turnkey additive manufacturing (AM) solutions, announced that it has acquired Aerosint, a pioneer in selective powder deposition technology systems for powder-based additive manufacturing (AM) solutions.

Selective Powder Deposition Technology

dual metal 3D printing
Above: Aerosint dual metal 3D printing capabilities/Image Source: Aerosint

Multi-material printing was a long-time dream for many manufacturers but Aerosint has always been at the forefront of this ambition. The Company’s patented selective powder deposition technology enables full three-dimensional control of material placement during printing and can be integrated into any powder bed AM process, such as laser powder bed fusion, binder jetting, high-speed sintering or selective laser sintering. This new, multi-material approach to powder deposition is designed to support high-speed printing of a broad range of polymers, metals, and ceramics.

As the only high-throughput, multi-material powder recoating system in the market, Aerosint’s selective powder deposition technology unlocks a range of new use cases for AM. In addition to reducing powder waste, material cost, and post-processing time associated with single-material, commercially available powder bed AM processes, multi-material powder deposition has the potential to realize additional benefits at scale. Such benefits include localized optimization of mechanical properties, such as wear resistance or vibration dampening, and improved chemical and physical properties, such as thermal and electrical conductivity, corrosion resistance, or aesthetics. Examples of applications for multi-material printing include:

  • Molds with conformal cooling channels optimized for heat dissipation;
  • Wear-resistant cutting tools with a hard exterior and ductile interior;
  • Conductive metal paths within polymer parts for flexible electronics;
  • Bi-material luxury goods with superior aesthetics; and
  • RF components with different dielectric and conductive properties.

“This transaction advances our strategy to own differentiated print technologies that enable an expanding set of AM 2.0 applications at scale. Multi-material printing is the next frontier in AM. Today people print parts, but in the future, people will look to print full products, which may be composed of multiple materials. Industrializing Aerosint’s core technology and related powder processing systems will provide many benefits to the broad adoption of AM solutions. We look forward to partnering with our new colleagues at Aerosint to mature this unique technology and integrate it into upcoming Desktop Metal products over the next several years. We are also excited for Aerosint to independently continue its growth trajectory by offering selective powder deposition solutions and services to third-party manufacturers and customers of powder-based AM systems.”

– Ric Fulop, Founder and CEO of Desktop Metal

“At Aerosint, we believe the future of AM is going to be multi-material. We are thrilled to partner with Desktop Metal to accelerate the execution of this vision, now with access to its scale, distribution network, and industry-leading AM 2.0 technology portfolio. We look forward to beginning a close collaboration with Desktop Metal while strengthening our ongoing efforts with our existing partners to transform the AM industry and capture new market opportunities.”

– Edouard Moens de Hase, Co-founder and Managing Director of Aerosint

Aerosint will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Desktop Metal and continue to be led by its founders Edouard Moens de Hase and Matthias Hick, who will serve as Managing Director and Innovation Director of the Aerosint business, respectively. Aerosint multi-material products and services will continue to be widely available to the AM industry with integration into Desktop Metal platforms targeted within the next two years.


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