The pricing for Aluminum is based on:
- Model volume: The volume of your model is used to calculate the material cost (mm³)
- The box around your model: An imaginary box around your model determines how much space your design will take up in the printer (X * Y * Z = mm³)
- Model surface
For Aluminum, we charge a minimum price per ordered piece. Unlike the startup cost (which is applied to most materials), this cost vanishes when the price is higher than the minimum price.
Aluminum can be used for full functional parts, spare parts and jewelry.
Metal 3D Printing – also known as Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) and Select Laser Melting (SLM) – is a laser-based technology that uses powdered metals. Similar to Laser Sintering, a high-powered laser selectively binds together particles on the powder bed while the machine distributes even layers of metallic powder. Support structures are automatically generated and built simultaneously in the same material and are later manually removed. Once complete, the part undergoes heat treatment.
- This is a Trial Material. Since it’s experimental, design rules or pricing can be subject to change as we learn more about this material.
- 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.
Learning about our materials is one thing, seeing and touching them another. That's why we've designed sample kits based on our Periodic Table of Materials.
Aluminum Natural Gray
Includes a natural gray Aluminum sample.