The pricing for High Detail Stainless Steel is based on an imaginary box around your model that determines how much space your design will take up in the printer (X * Y * Z = mm³).
Additionally, a startup cost is applied to the price of your model. This is a fixed cost independent of the parameters of your model.
High-detail stainless steel can be used for small robust and decorative models like coins, medals, statues, freshly made artifacts.
The technology prints your model by binding together layers of ultra-fine grains of stainless steel powder in a precision inkjet printer. Specifically, after a layer of stainless steel powder is spread across the base of a “build box”, a special print head moves back and forth over the layer, and deposits binding agent at specific points, as directed by a computer and your design file. Once the layer is finished and it has been dried via powerful overhead heaters, a new layer of powder is spread, and the process begins again. In this way, layer by layer, from the bottom up, your part is created.
Once the printing is done, your model is carefully taken out and the extra powder that was not bound, and is not part of your design, is then removed. At this point, your part is still very fragile. This so-called “green state” will be the base of some of the design rules and limitations that are mentioned in our design guide. Your part is now sintered in an oven at 1300°C. This can either be done in sand or on a ceramic plate. The sand is most used because it’s suited for designs which are irregular and don’t have a flat base. The ceramic plate is more used for technical pieces with a flat base.
After the cool down process, the model is put into a mechanical polishing machine and shipped to you.
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.
Includes a matte high-detail stainless steel sample.
Includes a satin high-detail stainless steel sample.
Includes a gloss high-detail stainless steel sample.