With Ultrafuse 17-4 PH, Forward AM is launching an innovative filament comprising metal powder with a polymer binder for bound metal filament extrusion processes, also referred to generically as fused filament fabrication (FFF). It enables the safe, easy and cost-efficient production of metal parts for prototypes, metal tooling, and functional metal parts in FFF, the most accessible 3D printing process. After the subsequent industry-standard debinding and sintering process, the final 3D printed part is 17-4 stainless steel.
With its high mechanical strength and hardness, the new 3D printing filament is ideally suited for a wide range of applications such as tooling, jigs and fixtures, and functional prototypes. Good corrosion resistance and the ability to be fully heat-treated to high levels of strength and hardness make Ultrafuse® 17-4 PH a standout choice for a range of industries including petrochemicals, aerospace, automotive, and medical.
“Ultrafuse 17-4 PH is an outstanding result of our strong R&D commitment. We filamented more than 10 different metals from titanium to tool-grade steels, and several alternative materials to print support structures within this year. Going forward we will continue to introduce the new filaments that the market and our customers demand,” says Firat Hizal, Head of Metal Systems Group, BASF 3D Printing Solutions.
In 2019, Forward AM launched the company’s first metal filament with Ultrafuse® 316 L. By adding Ultrafuse 17-4 PH to its materials range, Forward AM now offers an even stronger material at a competitive price.
“We have already established a distribution network that collaborates closely with our debinding and sintering service partners in different regions and can thus deliver an integrated end-to-end solution. We are proud to extend our portfolio with Ultrafuse 17-4 PH,” explains Firat Hizal.
Ultrafuse metal filaments are specifically developed to work on all common opensource Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) printers from beginner to industrial level, making it one of the easiest and most cost-effective technologies in metal Additive Manufacturing. FFF enables the production of hollow structures and lightweight designs. Additionally, users benefit from the traditional advantages of a nonoxidizing metal, such as corrosion resistance and outstanding strength