17:48 | 03.01.2018
Desktop Metal Awarded Seminal Separable Supports Patents for Its Metal 3D Printing Technology

Metal, the company committed to bringing metal 3D printing to
engineers and manufacturers, announced it has been granted seminal
patents by the United States Patent and Trademark Office for its
inventions in interface layer technology for both its Studio System™,
the first office-friendly metal 3D printing system for rapid
prototyping, and Production System™, the only 3D printing system for
mass production of high resolution parts.

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Desktop Metal’s patented Separable Supports make it easy to remove support structures by hand. (Photo: Business Wire)
Desktop Metal has exclusive rights to the patented technologies and adds
these to its existing portfolio of over a hundred pending patent
applications covering more than two hundred inventions.

“As a company driven by invention, we are committed to both innovating
and protecting our technology through strategic intellectual property
achievements,” said Jonah Myerberg, Chief Technology Officer and
Co-founder of Desktop Metal. “The technological innovation in these
patents enables users, for the first time, to print large metal parts
with complex geometries that can be easily removed from their support
structures by hand or to print metal objects with separable interlocking

U.S. Patent No. 9,815,118 and U.S. Patent No. 9,833,839 cover the
separable support layer technology used in the Desktop Metal Studio
System, which began shipping in December 2017, and in its Production
System, which is scheduled to begin shipping in late 2018. Additionally,
the company owns several more pending patent applications covering other
aspects of this technology.

“Traditional laser powder bed methods for metal additive manufacturing
(AM) are restricted to single materials and are both difficult and
costly to implement,” said Myerberg. “Desktop Metal has designed new
approaches for metal AM that now allow multiple materials to be used
during printing. This makes it possible to print support structures that
do not bond to parts and consolidate during sintering with the part and,
as a result, high dimensional accuracy is achieved, and support
structures are easily removed by hand. We believe the benefit of this
technology covered by the patents will enable substantially increased
adoption of metal AM.”

The Studio System is the first office-friendly metal 3D printing
system for rapid prototyping and is 10 times less expensive than
existing technology today. The Studio System is a complete platform,
including a printer, a debinder, and a sintering furnace that, together,
deliver metal 3D printed parts in an engineer’s office or on the shop
floor. To manufacture metal 3D printed parts at scale, Desktop Metal
also debuted the only 3D printing system for mass production of high
resolution metal parts today, the Production System.
About Desktop MetalDesktop Metal, Inc., based in
Burlington, Massachusetts, is accelerating the transformation of
manufacturing with end-to-end metal 3D printing solutions. Founded in
2015 by leaders in advanced manufacturing, metallurgy, and robotics, the
company is addressing the unmet challenges of speed, cost, and quality
to make metal 3D printing an essential tool for engineers and
manufacturers around the world. Desktop Metal has raised over $200
million in financing, with the Series D marking the largest round ever
for an additive manufacturing company. Among the company’s investors
include GV (formerly Google Ventures), GE Ventures, BMW, Lowe’s, and
Techtronic Industries (TTI). In 2017, Desktop Metal was selected as one
of the world’s 30 most promising Technology
Pioneers by World Economic Forum; named to MIT Technology Review’s
list of 50
Smartest Companies; and recognized among the most important
innovations in engineering in Popular Science’s “2017
Best of What’s New.” For more information, visit

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