Of all the 3D printing (AM) materials that can be Additively Manufactured, it must be that of 3D metal printing that ‘3D newbies’ consider to be black magic!
Up there with the printing of body parts and guns it seems to be an astounding sci-fi concept, not an actual technology available for use by any engineer or 3D printing enthusiast.
It hasn’t always been the case. Only in the last seven or eight years has there been an alternative to Direct metal laser sintering (DMLS). With the advent of other AM techniques that could contain metal (or ceramic) particles within a feedstock, rather than a metal powder being the raw material, enabled for metal parts to be produced in a more user friendly process.
As with all AM technologies, certain applications will be addressed more effectively by one or other technology, but safety and a technology that allows an unskilled operator to print successfully are key attributes to a process that use a feedstock (FFF) instead of a metal powder.
3D metal printing – how does it work? AM printing using a filament feed stock loaded with metal particles is heated and extruded through a nozzle to build a part layer by layer until the geometry is completed.
For a more information, check out FDM Ceramic + Metal printing, or get in touch to request a demonstration of the process.