The University of Sheffield has reportedly acquired an office-friendly metal 3D printer from the US.

Engineering firm Weir Group has also acquired a Desktop Metal Studio System, which is designed to provide rapid prototyping of components such tooling, jigs and fixtures as at lower volume and cost.

Desktop Metal says that some parts produced using the Studio System could reduce cost by up to 90% when compared to to machining and selective laser melting (SLM), as well as quicker fabrication.

'The addition of this versatile system complements our existing capabilities at Weir Additive Manufacturing Solutions, allowing us to explore, prototype, test and commercialise components and tooling that will deliver significant benefits for our mining and oil & gas customers globally,’ said Weir Group head of additive manufacturing, Sozon Tsopanos.

This story uses material from Desktop Metal, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.