University spin-out company, Meta Additive, acquired by Desktop Metal

A University of Liverpool spin-out company, Meta Additive, has been acquired by Desktop Metal, Inc., a leader in mass production and turnkey additive manufacturing solutions.

Founded in 2019, Meta Additive is focused on developing the next generation of additive manufacturing solutions using binder jet technology along with the company’s novel functional binders. Meta’s foundational binder IP eliminates issues of porosity, shrinkage, part size limitation, and slow production speeds.

The company’s unique chemical approach to 3D printing enables manipulation of materials at the molecular level, unlocking boundless design potential as well as smarter, cheaper, and more sustainable manufacturing solutions. The acquisition of Meta Additive advances Desktop Metal’s strategy to further develop its materials portfolio and expand the high-volume applications available to its customers.

Dr Kate Black, co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Meta Additive and a research leader in the development of functional materials for inkjet printing with the University of Liverpool’s School of Engineering, said: There is a great sense of satisfaction seeing your research go from laboratory-scale into a real-life manufacturing process and now that Meta Additive has grown and become part of the Desktop Metal family, we will be able to take our technology to the next level, providing manufacturing solutions for a brighter future.”

Ric Fulop, Chief Executive Officer of Desktop Metal, said: We are excited to welcome Meta Additive to Desktop Metal, adding next-generation binder technology to our materials portfolio. See more