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Digital Metal Adds Pure Copper to Metal Binder Jetting System

Thermal and conductive properties of pure copper open new 3D printing possibilities within many industries.
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Pure copper’s thermal and electrical conductivity properties make it well suited for a wide range of industrial AM applications.

Pure copper’s thermal and electrical conductivity properties make it well suited for a wide range of industrial AM applications.

Digital Metal, a provider of high-precision metal binder jetting systems for industrial use, has added pure copper (DM Cu) to its material offering. Pure copper’s excellent thermal and electrical conductivity properties make it well suited for a wide range of applications.

A key benefit is that printing with 99.9% pure copper brings out the best of the material, compared to copper alloys commonly used in laser-based systems, the company says.

Good conductivity, or heat transfer, is a requirement in electronics, heat exchangers, heat sinks and engine parts. 3D printing of components in copper offers more design freedom, enabling design for optimal functionality with very few restrictions. In addition, copper is known for its antibacterial properties.

The addition is timely as the demand for copper applications has accelerated in fast growth areas such as e-mobility and heat conductivity Digital Metal is one of the world’s first companies to commercialize state-of-the-art 3D metal printers for the production of small components with advanced geometries. Digital Metal’s binder jetting technology enables the production of complex objects with superior surface finish, which is not possible with competing technologies.

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