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Desktop Metal announces aluminum breakthrough

Desktop Metal Inc. and Uniformity Labs announced a breakthrough powder that enables aluminum sintering for binder jetting additive manufacturing technology. The powder is the result of a multi-year collaboration between the companies to develop a low-cost, raw material yielding fully dense, sinterable 6061 aluminum with greater than 10 percent elongation and improved yield strength and ultimate tensile strength vs. wrought 6061 aluminum with comparable heat treatment. “The introduction of lightweight metals to binder jetting opens the door to a wide variety of thermal and structural applications across industries,” said Adam Hopkins, founder and CEO of Uniformity Labs. “This innovation is a key step toward the adoption of mass-produced printed aluminum parts.”

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