BASF announced the launch of a 17-4 PH stainless steel material for FFF (Fused Filament Fabrication) 3D printing systems.
The Ultrafuse 17-4 material includes metal powder with a polymer binder to make it processable on 3D printing platforms for polymer extrusion. It comes a year after the company unveiled its first Ultrafuse metal 3D printing filament, Ultrafuse 316L.
BASF believes that the material will enable users of the most accessible 3D printing process to manufacture metal components safely, easily and inexpensively. According to BASF, the material with its high mechanical strength and hardness is suitable for functional prototypes, functional end-use parts and tool components in the petrochemical, aerospace, automotive and medical markets.
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Ultrafuse metal 3D printing filaments can be processed on all common open source FFF printers, whereby the industry-standard debinding and sintering processes are required after printing.
“Ultrafuse 17-4 PH is an outstanding result of our strong research and development commitment,” commented Firat Hizal, head of the Metal Systems Group at BASF 3D Printing Solutions. “We filamented more than 10 different metals from titanium to tool steels and various alternative materials for printing support structures this year. We will continue to introduce the new filaments that the market and our customers demand. We have already established a sales network that works closely with our debinding and sintering service partners in various regions and can thus deliver an integrated end-to-end solution. We are proud to expand our portfolio with the Ultrafuse 17-4 PH. “
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