Morris Group Supplies Desktop Metal’s 3D Printers for Rapid Prototyping

The Studio System platform is office-friendly and cost-effective, using a process similar to Fused Deposition Modeling in plastics printing, but for a variety of metals.

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Morris Group Inc. (Windsor, Connecticut), a CNC machine tool distribution network, has been selected by Desktop Metal (Burlington, Massachusetts) as a top-tier, Diamond Partner supplier of its metal 3D printing systems in 30 states extending from Maine to Florida to the Dakotas. With the addition of Desktop Metal’s Studio System to its existing lineup of CNC machine tools, Morris Group’s extensive distributor network now provides an end-to-end suite of advanced solutions to manufacturers of precision metal parts.

The Studio System, which debuted in May 2017, is said to be the first office-friendly metal 3D printing system for rapid prototyping, marketed as 10 times less expensive. The platform includes a printer, a debinder and a sintering furnace. It requires no hazardous powders, lasers or cutting tools to operate.  Instead, it uses Bound Metal Deposition (BMD), a proprietary process similar to Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) with plastics, to near-net-shape parts. The printer features safe-to-handle, swappable media cartridges and quick-release print heads for seamless material changes. It was designed for use with a variety of materials, from steels and copper to superalloys like Inconel.

“We are very pleased to represent Desktop Metal and excited to introduce this groundbreaking 3D printing technology to metal cutting manufacturers in our distribution area,” says Brad Morris, President and CEO of Morris Group. 

“Through this partnership, manufacturers can leverage the same trusted source to purchase and service the highly complementary technologies of CNC machine tools and metal additive manufacturing that together deliver the dimensional accuracy and speed needed to produce reliable, precision metal parts,” says Ric Fulop, CEO and co-founder of Desktop Metal.

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