The steel alloys available for 3D printing must have a low carbon content in order to enhance the welding of the metal powder within the print chamber. Based on the other components and its content, we have stainless steel 316L, martensitic steel 1.2709, and L-40. Each of these possess different properties and are used for different applications.
3D printing with steels is done through Selective Laser Melting (SLM). This technology melts 40-micron layers of powder in the case of Martensitic Steel (1.2709), 50-micron layers in the case of Stainless Steel (AISI316L), and 30-micron layers in the case of L-40. The power of the laser used may be 200 W or 400 W. In the case of Martensitic Steel and L-40, once the parts are manufactured, and depending on their final use, they may require heat treatment to increase their hardness.
– Send us your 3D file ready to print.
– If you do not have the file, send us the item and we will create the CAD file.
– If you need a design from zero, our designers will gladly prepare a quote for you.
– We will create the process file adapted to the technology and materials that will be used to produce your item.
– We prepare and condition the printer to guarantee optimum quality.
This step is key when meeting your requirements, and it is one that we are highly specialised in. The removal of the printing support structures, heat treatments, and surface finishes (blasting, polishing, tooling) are some of the most common post processes.
There are a wide range of uses, from general industry parts (tools and spares), mould inserts for cooling moulds, prototypes, and even personalised items for individuals.
The Renishaw AM400 includes the latest developments of the AM250 platform such as the improved optical control software, the reviewed gas flow system, and window protection. The laser also has a power of 400 W, meaning it has a beam diameter of 70 µm.
The construction volume is 250x250x300 mm.
The versatility of its design and the possibility to generate new processing parameters means that this equipment can work with a range of materials.
We design conformal cooling channels for plastic and aluminium injection inserts. With our inserts the cycle time is improved in addition to the quality of the injected item.