Desktop Metal (NYSE: DM), a global leader in additive manufacturing technologies for mass production, announced the launch of ETEC, a new 3D printing brand that will enable EnvisionTEC, the original inventor of digital light processing (DLP) technology, to better connect with industrial customers.
EnvisionTEC 3D printers, which are best known for extreme levels of accuracy and surface finish, have been leaders in the healthcare, dental, medical and jewelry industries since 2002. After Desktop Metal acquired EnvisionTEC in 2021, the company launched Desktop Health to focus on healthcare and dental customers. Now rebranded as ETEC (pronounced ē-tek) the company will focus on bringing its high-speed, photopolymer 3D printing solutions to volume manufacturers of consumer and industrial products.
For example, ETEC has partnered with Adaptive3D, another subsidiary of Desktop Metal, to offer its best-in-class 3D printed photo elastomers exclusively on ETEC additive manufacturing systems, optimizing their performance through tight integration between hardware and materials. ETEC now offers one of the broadest portfolios of photopolymer 3D printing materials, including Elastic Tough Rubber 90 (ETR 90), the highest tear strength elastomer on the market. ETR can already be found in products on store shelves, including power tool adapters and recoil pads, with additional applications for Adaptive3D’s broader library of elastomers across consumer and industrial applications such as shoe midsoles, seat cushions, and more.