The price of steel is directly related to the model volume and the compactness of your model.
The compactness is determined by the ratio of model volume versus the volume of the box around your model.
A minimum cost applies.
Steel is typically used for full functional parts, spare parts and jewelry.
With Steel 3D printing, your part is created by binding together layers of steel powder. Specifically, after a layer of 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, the build box is placed in a curing oven and your part is sintered. 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 follow below. Finally, via the use of a flute system, your design is infused with bronze, which replaces the binding agent. Your part is now solid metal, and after the flutes are manually removed, it is tumbled and polished to produce a smooth finish.
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 sample of Polyamide, Alumide, Multicolor (matt), Standard Resin and Steel (natural polished).
Includes a natural unpolished Steel sample.
Includes an unpolished black Steel sample.
Includes an unpolished gold-plated Steel sample.
Includes a natural polished Steel sample.
Includes a polished black Steel sample.
Includes a polished gold-plated Steel sample.
Includes a polished brown Steel sample.
Includes all Steel samples.