Desktop Metal has announced the launch of the Figur G15 – a new industrial machine that shapes steel sheets directly from a file using a new patent-pending Digital Sheet Metal Forming (DSF) technology. This solution does not require the use of stamping tools, molds, dies or a press. And although it has nothing to do with additive technologies, it extends the portfolio of the American manufacturer in an interesting way. Figur G15 will be presented for the first time at IMTS 2022 in Chicago, USA.

Digital cutting tools are widely used in the sheet metal forming and fabrication industry, but no machine of this type has been widely commercialized to date. Most solutions require custom forming tools, molds or dies that have long production times and are expensive.

DSF technology has been developed to maintain high precision thanks to the proprietary construction of the work platform that reduces the distribution of forces on the sheet during operation. Desktop Metal hopes to eliminate high start-up costs and long lead times to unleash the benefits of digitization for sheet metal fabricators. The company also hopes that this will enable sheet manufacturers to improve their business agility and make sheet metal forming available for new applications in varying volumes.

Figur G15 features a software-controlled XY-axis ceramic tool turret that gradually forms large sheets of metal layer by layer with a force of up to 2,000 pounds. The forming area is 1450 x 1000 mm and allows Figur G15 to process positive and negative molds up to 400mm in the vertical Z direction. Various metals and thicknesses can also be processed, including steel up to 2mm thick and aluminum up to 2.5mm.

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