August 25 2020

3D Printer Company Looking to Grow as it Exits R&D Phase

By: Rich Hosford

A Burlington 3D printing company is looking to expand its operation as it moves from research and development to commercial products. 


Digital Alloys Inc.,  a tech startup company with 21 employees located at 37 North Ave., is set to appear before the Planning Board on September 3 for a special permit to occupy more of the building in which it currently sits. 


In a cover letter to the board, Production Manager Daniel R. Gerade explained the unique technique they have created for their products. 


“We are currently in the research and development phase of developing a metal additive manufacturing machine, AKA 3D Printer, for industrial use,” he said. “Unlike other methods of 3D printing, our process uses welding wire and electricity to melt metal using a patented method we named Joule Printing. Joule printing is a low voltage, high current application, so there is no arc like in traditional welding. We heat the wire until it starts to melt, and then deposit the metal layer by layer.”


Gerade said the company’s goal is to build 3D printer prototypes and develop their printing process. Their first major goal is to print parts to be sold to customers and a long term goal is to manufacture and sell printers. To accomplish this he said they need additional room to grow. 


“Our plan is to deliver our first printed part by the end of year 2020 with printer production estimated at approximately 2 years out,” he said. “We will require much more space than this building provides to go into full scale production.”


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