Tapmaster Incorporated has launched a new division – under SumMetal Printing – to provide rapid prototyping and short-run production to Albertan businesses and entrepreneurs. Tapmaster currently owns the only Desktop Metal Shop System printing in 316L stainless steel for direct contract use in Canada.
Since its founding in 1994, Tapmaster has created a leading line of hands-free faucet systems based entirely on water pressure. All of the company’s products are manufactured in Calgary, Alberta.
The Desktop Metal printer, combined with state-of-the-art HAAS CNC Milling and Lathe capabilities, enables SumMetal to create nearly any prototype. The local Alberta division allows for shop visits and tours as well as quick turnaround for Canadian customers that have traditionally relied on cross-border services.
The Desktop Metal Shop System is a binder jet-style 3D printer that allows for hundreds of different parts to be printed, simultaneously, with a much finer surface finish than DMLS technology. This allows for loads with multiple different parts, or the short-run production of final end-use parts. When complete, the parts produced are 99% dense and contain no impurities – making them well-suited for use in any environment where Metal Injection Moulding (MIM) or casting would be used. The high resolution of the printer also allows for the making of parts that would otherwise need to be machined. In many cases, fine pitch threads and small orifices can be printed without post-processing.
“We are very excited to bring this new manufacturing technology to market in Canada. We hope to help accelerate the already impressive growth in the local manufacturing and start-up community,” said Tyler Pubben, president of Tapmaster Incorporated/SumMetal Printing.