3D Printing Material: Metals
Here you will find all the information, tricks, know-how, and advice to help you print your 3D model in our different metal materials.
Metal additive manufacturing changes the way we think and design mechanical parts. Metal additive manufacturing is particularly relevant for applications that combine high design complexity and low volume production and applications that ensure production flexibility. We offer different technologies for our metal materials
(Direct Metal Laser Sintering): the laser only sinters the metal
powder and doesn't melt it fully. This technology is used for
prototyping, functional parts and mechanical pieces.
(Selective Laser Melting): the laser fully melts the metal powder
locally, and layer by layer, in a liquid form that will solidify
when cooling. This technology is also used for prototyping,
functional parts and mechanical pieces
- Wax casting
: the object is 3D printed in wax, and used as a model for casting.
The metal is then poured into the cast, the wax melts, and
the object is ready when the cast is removed. This technique
creates objects that are less resistant, but less expensive,
ideal for aspect objects or jewellery.
Agile Metal Technology
A software suite for 3D printing metal
Sculpteo is developing a new suite of custom tools to meet the challenges
of 3D printing titanium. It is a smart, online system that allows you
to evaluate, optimize, and manufacture your metal-based projects. This
series of tools is combined under the name of "Agile Metal Technology." It combines artificial
intelligence and interactive 3D interfaces with Sculpteo's computation
engine to give you reliable answers within a few minutes.
Our aim is to offer you:
- a detailed audit of the feasibility of your project
- specific feedback on your design and how it can be optimized
- transparency on prices and the strategy for completing your item
- control over the production method (orientation, platform strategy)
for expert clients
In the final analysis, you will save time and achieve greater success with
your metal 3D printing project. You can find more details on
these tools and how you can make use of them for your titanium 3D printing
on the dedicated page.
Business Case is the first
tool in the Agile Metal Technology suite. It provides an online audit
of your 3D printing project. Case is an artificial intelligence developed
by Sculpteo, which carries out a feasibility study using your 3D file
and a series of questions. Our AI uses machine learning, derived from
the millions of 3D files and manufactured items that we have processed
since Sculpteo was founded in 2009.
This audit only takes a few minutes and gives you an indication of your
project's strengths and weaknesses. Business Case also provides a recommendation
on the material that it considers to be most suitable.
Business Case learns automatically, so don't hesitate to try it out: the
more projects that it reviews, the better its recommendations will
Our Aluminum creates 3D printed objects from a fine metallic powder principally composed of aluminum (90%) and silicium (9%). Aluminum is used to offer light and strong parts for various industries such as automotive, energy or high-tech products. We 3D print our Aluminum AISi10Mg thanks to SLM technology.
Our Titanium creates 3D printed objects from a fine metallic powder principally composed of titanium (88-100%), aluminum (5.5-6.5%) and valadium (3.5-4.5%). Titanium is used to offer light and strong parts for various industries such as automotive, aerospace and medical implants. We 3D print our Titanium 6AI-4V thanks to DMLS technology.
Stainless Steel 316L
Our Stainless Steel creates 3D printed objects from a fine metallic powder. Stainless Steel is used for various industries such as automotive, energy or high-tech products. We 3D print Stainless Steel 316L thanks to DMLS technology.
Steel / Bronze 420SS/BR
Our Steel / Bronze 420SS/BR is a great metal material for decorative objects and jewelry. The polishing finishes and the plating options give a professional looking aspect. The material is infiltrated with bronze powder.
Stainless Steel 316
Our Stainless Steel 316 has a strong resistance against corrosion and high temperature. This material can handle complex shapes and is a perfect choice for 3D print small-size parts.
Sculpteo's brass material is composed of 80% copper, 15% zinc and 5% tin. It is perfect for jewellery and decorative creations.
Available in 6 finishes: raw, mirror polished, White Rhodium Plated, Black Rhodium Plated, Gold Plated and Pink Gold Plated.
Solid and relatively malleable, our 92.5% sterling silver is perfect for jewellery creation. The surface is available in 2 finishes: rough and mirror polished.
Sculpteo's bronze material is composed of 90% copper and 10% tin. It is perfect for jewellery and decorative creations. Available in 2 finishes: raw and polished.
Other materials available on Sculpteo:
Strong, slightly flexible material that can withstand some pressure when bent. A mix of plastic and aluminium powder, the surface has a grainy, sandy appearance and is slightly porous. Good for...
Flexible Plastic is an off-white powder-based material. Strong, with outstanding flexibility, it makes a top choice for 3D prints resembling soft products or for innovative uses as a final product....
A plaster-like material that is colored as it prints. Excellent for purely decorative items but its brittle nature means shocks or friction should be avoided. Contact with water should also be...
This plastic is made from grey powder and offers a continuous coloring that is resistant to abrasion. The surface has a sanded, grainy texture which can be polished. Being both solid and flexible,...