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Custom Metal 3D Printing Service

3D print custom metal parts with excellent material properties with a high level of precision and durability. 

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Metal 3D printing is used to manufacture geometrically complex parts which can be prohibitively expensive or impossible to make with any other fabrication method. The speed and versatility of 3D printing metal allows manufacturers to go from designing to manufacturing custom metal parts quickly and affordably, without sacrificing part quality. A range of metals produce final parts that can be used for custom designs, rapid prototyping or end-use applications.

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Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) builds metal parts by selectively fusing thin layers of stainless steel powder using a laser. This process is ideal for printing precise, high-resolution parts with complex geometries. DMLS is excellent for producing functional prototypes or low-to-mid volume production runs of parts with intricate details and delicate features, and parts designed for demanding environments.​

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316L Stainless Steel

316L stainless steel, also known as 1.4404, is a high performance marine-grade stainless steel. This austenitic stainless steel includes molybdenum for enhanced corrosion resistance in chloride environments. 316 L is excellent for applications where flexibility or malleability are needed.

Max part size                   150 x 150 x 150 mm 

Layer height                     20 µm

Tensile Strength               620 MPa

Elongation at break         40%

Binder jetting produces high-resolution parts with fine feature detail. The printer deposits fine metal powder into thin layers held together by a binder. The finished part is sintered in a furnace for final densification and removal of any binding material.  Binder Jet 3D printing is excellent for producing high quality, complex metal parts designed for demanding environments. The ability to print multiple parts at once makes this technology excellent for low- to mid- volume production of custom prototypes or end-use parts.

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17-4 PH Stainless Steel

17-4PH stainless is a hardened stainless steel which is known for its corrosion resistance and high levels of strength and toughness. 17-4 PH has greater tensile strength and yield strength than 316L Stainless, but far less elongation at break. 

Max part size                   150 x 100 x 50 mm 

Layer height                     50 – 100 µm

Tensile Strength               912 MPa

Elongation at break         5.9%

Hardness                           26.4

Bound Metal Deposition (BMD) Materials

Bound Metal Deposition extrudes metal rods to create complex shapes layer-by-layer. Once printed, parts are sintered in a furnace for final densification. Achieves 98% density, similar to cast parts. Layer lines are typically visible and part surfaces are similar to cast part surfaces. This printing process can have closed-cell infill for lightweight strength. This printing process is excellent for all-purpose parts including prototypes and end-use parts, and form-, fit- and function- testing.

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Copper

Copper is an excellent choice for applications requiring thermal and electrical conductivity. This 3D printed copper is 99.9% pure, giving it excellent material properties compared to copper 3D printed with some other 3D printing processes.

Max part size                           150 x 150 x 110 mm 

Layer height (standard res.)  100-220 µm

Layer height (high res.)           50 µm

Tensile Strength                       195 MPa

Elongation at break                 30%

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17-4 PH Stainless Steel

Characterized by its combination of strength, hardness, and corrosion resistance, 17-4 PH is a stainless steel ideal for a variety of applications, including tooling, molds, and production parts. 

Max part size                           150 x 150 x 110 mm 

Layer height (standard res.)  100-220 µm

Layer height (high res.)           50 µm

Tensile Strength                       925 MPa

Elongation at break                 5.30%

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316L Stainless Steel

316L stainless steel is a molybdenum - bearing austenitic steel. This material has excellent corrosion resistance, and great mechanical properties at high and low temperatures. 

Max part size                           150 x 150 x 110 mm 

Layer height (standard res.)  100-220 µm

Layer height (high res.)           50 µm

Tensile Strength                       590 MPa

Elongation at break                 75%

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H13 Tool Steel

H13 tool steel is a chromium-molybdenum steel that is characterized by it's hardness, resistance to abrasion and deformation. This material is harder than 17-4 PH Stainless Steel and capable of maintaining material properties at high temperatures. 

Max part size                           150 x 150 x 110 mm 

Layer height (standard res.)  100-220 µm

Layer height (high res.)           50 µm

Tensile Strength                       1520 MPa

Elongation at break                 2%

Surface Finish Options

Standard Finish

Supports are removed and layer lines are visible.

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Bead Blasting

Bead blasting smooths the surface and has a satin finish.

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Custom

A custom finish is available upon request.

Advantages of Metal 3D Printing

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Rapid Prototyping

Metal 3D printing is well-suited for rapid prototyping, allowing engineers and designers to quickly iterate and test designs before committing to large-scale production. This can accelerate the product development cycle and reduce time-to-market.

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Complex Geometries

Metal 3D printing produces highly complex and intricate geometries that would be challenging or impossible to achieve using traditional manufacturing methods. This is particularly beneficial in industries such as aerospace and healthcare.

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Tooling Cost Reduction

Traditional manufacturing often requires expensive tooling for each specific part. With metal 3D printing, tooling costs can be reduced or eliminated, as the same equipment can be used for a variety of complex shapes without molds or dies.

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 Manufacturing

Metal 3D printing supports on-demand and small-batch manufacturing, making it cost-effective for producing low volumes of specialized or custom parts without the need for maintaining large inventories.

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Lightweight Structures

Metal 3D printing enables the creation of lightweight structures with optimized designs, leading to improved performance and fuel efficiency in applications like aerospace and automotive.

 

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Repair and Maintenace

Metal 3D printing can be used for efficient repair and maintenance of existing components, extending the lifespan of critical parts and reducing the need for complete replacements.

 

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Custom Designs

Metal 3D printing produces custom and personalized components, as each part can be designed and printed to meet specific requirements. This is valuable in industries like healthcare, where patient-specific pieces can be created.

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Design Freedom

Designers have greater freedom in creating innovative and optimized structures, as they are not constrained by traditional manufacturing limitations. This can result in improved functionality and efficiency.

 

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Reduced Waste

Traditional manufacturing methods often involve subtractive processes, where material is cut away from a larger block to achieve the final shape. Metal 3D printing is an additive process, built layer by layer, which can significantly reduce material waste.

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