Desktop Metal, maker of 3D printers, is valued at more than $1 billion and recently brought on Ford Motor as a strategic investor. The Burlington, Massachusetts-based startup is developing 3D technology to print products in steel, aluminum and other metals that could transform manufacturing. Bloomberg's Anne Mostue reports
Desktop Metal today announced the launch of Fab Flow™, a fully-integrated prototype ordering and workflow management system for internal additive fabrication shops. The customizable tool, now available in free and standard packages, empowers shop managers with increased efficiency, visibility and control over their workflows, and design engineers with managed 3D design communication and graphical version tracking of their parts. During RAPID + TCT 2019 in Detroit, Desktop Metal will offer live demonstrations of Fab Flow™ at booth #1041.
One of 3D printing's biggest selling points has always been the ability to create objects that would otherwise be difficult or impossible to built with more traditional methods. A new collaboration between Google and industrial 3D printer manufacturer Stratasys, however, finds the companies working to re-create the familiar.
General Motors is now streamlining its design process by using a combination of 3D printing and algorithms. The automotive giant has announced that it is taking advantage of generative design software from Bay Area-based company Autodesk in order to manufacture lightweight parts for its future products. GM plans to incorporate the technology into its development of more efficient models including zero emissions vehicles.