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Materials » Titanium

Models made in titanium are printed in titanium powder that is sintered together by a laser to produce end-use metal parts that are as equally good as machined models. 3D printed titanium (unpolished) doesn’t look like the traditional shiny milled titanium. Instead it’s a bit grayer and more matte with a slightly rougher and less defined surface. Models in titanium are very strong, precise and can have feature size as small as 0.25 mm.

Material samples

Aurora Minos - Made by Monomer

Typical use

Full Functional parts, spare parts, jewelry.

Technology

Laser sintering

The technique used to build your design with titanium is direct metal laser sintering (DMLS). It's similar to the selective laser sintering technology but instead of polyamide, a fine metal powder is used build your model layer by layer. The powder is sintered and solidified by a laser beam that moves over a box filled with powder in minute layers. After each layer a new layer of powder is applied. Your intact model is then lifted from the powder bed. If your model needs support structures to keep the model structurally sound or to support it while the 3D printer builds it, the titanium support structures have to be removed manually.

Additional information

  • Titanium is jewelry safe and biocompatible so we expect no problem with allergies.
  • The benefits of the material are that it is the strongest material you can currently 3D print.
  • Titanium is also a high value material that is currently already being used for high end jewelry and watches.
  • It's possible to make non-rectangular, organically shaped objects that are not able to be produced by any other process.
  • Because supports have to be removed manually, some evidence of removed support structures might remain on your model.
  • Any “overhanging” structures such as the bottom of a table built with this process will tend to be unattractive.
  • Any angles less steep than 35% will tend to be less attractive with this process.
  • The most ideal shape to make with this process is that of a “mesh with holes”. This makes it easy to design with this process and delivers the best results.

Ships in 15-20 business days

Minimum wall thickness 0.4 mm

Minimum details 0.25 mm

Maximum size 250 x 250 x 400 mm