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316L is one of the most popular stainless steel grades used in 3D printing. This material has better mechanical properties thanks to the high-temperature gradient and fast solidification rate, though some printers can print with 17-4 PH as well.
Selective Laser Melting (SLM) 3D printing with stainless steel - the powdered material gets melted together layer by layer resulting in a final part. Compared to machining, details appear a bit weaker and more porous. However, through 3D printing, it is possible to achieve more complicated geometries and structures of metal, which would be impossible to machine or form with other manufacturing methods. SLM is suitable for prototypes and small batches of parts from stainless steel.
316L Stainless Steel is good material for printing both functional and spare parts in 3D. The material is easy to maintain because it attracts little dirt and the presence of chrome gives it the added benefit of never rusting.
316L Steel is used to offer solid pieces and essential hygienics in several industries such as the medical, aeronautical, automobile, and domestic products industries.
With no particular finishing, the material gives off a granular and coarse appearance, though suiting most applications. Smooth and shiny surfaces can be acquired after printing through finishing steps. Pieces can be machined, drilled, welded, electro-eroded, granulated, polished, and coated.
High tensile strength;
Good wear resistance;
Relatively high costs;
Can be difficult to weld;
Can be hard to use and to size in the jewellery industry due to rigidity and stiffness.
Medical devices and components;
Jewelry and decoration.
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