Desktop Metal, a company committed to making metal 3D printing accessible to manufacturers and engineers, has announced the launch of 316L stainless steel for the Studio System™, the world’s first and only office-friendly metal 3D printing system for prototyping and low volume production. A fully austenitic steel known for its corrosion resistance and excellent mechanical properties at extreme temperatures, 316L is well-suited for applications in the most demanding industrial environments, including salt water in marine applications, caustic cleaners found in food processing environments, and chemicals in pharmaceutical manufacturing.
Early applications of 316L parts printed with the Studio System confirm the diverse and promising results across multiple industries: (1) Combustion fuel nozzle for marine tankers; (2) Customized ring splint for medical use; and (3) Impeller for harsh environments.
316L joins 17-4 PH stainless steel in the Studio System’s materials library. With more than 30 materials in development, Desktop Metal plans to introduce additional core metals to its portfolio throughout 2019, including tool steels, superalloys, and copper.