BASF Forward AM's Ultrafuse metal 3D printing filament has changed the game for desktop 3D printing. You can now print with real stainless steel metal on even the most low-cost 3D printers. This metal 3D printing filament that can be debound and sintered, leaving your 3D printed part solid stainless steel metal.
Using the right design parameters and print settings, along with a simple hardened steel nozzle upgrade, anyone from manufacturers and engineers to research students and hobbyists can successfully print with solid metal on their 3D printer.
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About Metal 3D Printing Filament
What is Metal filament?
A cutting edge new 3D printing filament that has a stainless steel powder embedded within a thermoplastic polyester that provides an easy printing experience, yet can be processed into an actual metal part, with no remaining plastic. For tips and tricks on 3D printing BASF Ultrafuse Metal Filament, check out How to Succeed with 3D Printing Metal on a Desktop 3D Printer.
What are the properties of metal filament?
316L and 17-4 PH Metal filament has multiple advantages in 3D printing and digital fabrication:
- Cost-effective when compared to small batch metal injection molding.
- Extremely safe and easy to print
- Simple processing to get metal parts
- Excellent chemical and thermal stability after printing
- Print with 17-4 PH for magnetic reactivity
- High corrosion resistance and toughness
What are the best settings for Ultrafuse Metal Filament?
Metal filament requires similar temperatures to PLA for printing. It is also highly recommended that a heated bed and proper adhesive be used.
- Use a Glass Bed with Dimafix for proper adhesion.
- 225°C +/- 10°C is the optimal printing temperature for most machines. Never exceed 250°C.
- A heated build plate at 110°C +/- 10°C is nominal for improved adhesion.
- Use an abrasion resistant nozzle that's clean of any other material.
- Layer cooling can cause warping during printing, so do not use any part cooling fans.
- A print speed of 15 to 40 mm/s will ensure the highest quality prints.
- Set you Infill to 100%. Voids in your infill could lead to failure during processing.
- We recommend either Lines or Concentric pattern depending on your geometry. These will give you the most uniform and solid infill.
What is metal filament used for?
Metal filament can be used to make anything machined from aluminum blanks or injection molded.
- Functional Prototyping
- Medical Equipment
- Automotive Parts
- Pipes, pumps and valves for chemicals, gas, and oils
- Parts for tooling and mold inlays with near-surface cooling
- Weighty, shiny objects