Bringing continuous fiber 3D printing to the desktop
Desktop Metal introduced Fiber, a desktop 3D printer that fabricates high-resolution parts with industrial-grade continuous fiber composite materials used in automated fiber placement (AFP) processes. Based on a new process called micro automated fiber placement (μAFP), the printer miniaturized traditional AFP technology and combines it with Fused Filament Fabrication.
It produces parts using materials that are two times stronger than steel at one-fifth the weight. Plus, it has a large build envelope and it can be arranged in print farm configurations of 6 or 10 printers.
The printer uses a robotic tool changer architecture for future expandability and can store up to four tools, including additional FFF heads for different materials or future enhancements such as automated in-process inspection.