Zortrax is launching new products working with the Zortrax Endureal industrial 3D printer: two comprehensive sets dedicated to metal 3D printing, Zortrax Full Metal Package 17-4 PH and Zortrax Full Metal Package 316L, as well as a low-melt VICTREX PAEK AM 200 (a filament, which has a lower melting point than PEEK and can be extruded in lower temperatures). Each Zortrax Full Metal Package includes the essentials, and either BASF Ultrafuse 316L or BASF Ultrafuse 17-4 PH – metal-polymer filaments from BASF Forward AM. VICTREX AM 200 low-melt PAEK filament is a high-performance polymer from the same thermoplastics family as Z-PEEK, which offers similar, or in some areas, even better 3D printing results.
Zortrax Full Metal Package 316L includes BASF Ultrafuse 316L, a filament composed of 80% 316L stainless steel, and 20% polymer. 316L is a surgical-grade stainless steel, containing over 10% of chromium. This chemical element, while in contact with oxygen, causes a thin coating layer to form on the surface of the model, protecting it from corrosion. The parts 3D printed with BASF Ultrafuse 316L have up to 561 MPa tensile strength, 251 MPa yield strength, up to 53% elongation at break, and have a non-magnetic microstructure. All these features make this metal-polymer filament well-suited for 3D printing complex end-use parts, automotive parts, medical equipment, chemical pipes or valves, elements of tools and fixtures, as well as various functional prototypes.
Zortrax Full Metal Package 17-4 PH contains BASF Ultrafuse 17-4 PH, an industrial composite filament, composed of 80% 17-4 hardened steel and 20% polymer content. Models 3D printed with this filament are characterized by up to 1004 MPa tensile strength, 764 MPa yield strength, up to 4% elongation at break, and have magnetic microstructure. BASF Ultrafuse 17-4 PH can be used to print elements requiring significant hardness, such as chemical pipes or valves, strong metal end-use parts, medical equipment, automotive parts, elements of tools and fixtures, and functional prototypes.
Zortrax Full Metal Package 316L and Zortrax Full Metal Package 17-4 PH both include all the other components vital to the seamless metal 3D printing experience. In each package, users will find: BASF Ultrafuse Support Layer, a dedicated support material, ensuring the desired geometry of the printed parts during the 3D printing and post-processing stages, Magigoo Pro Metal adhesive to provide reliable adhesion during printing and the easy removal of the printed part, an extra hotend module with brass nozzles for Zortrax Endureal, and a voucher for professional post-processing in Elnik company (BASF’s trusted partner in Germany), where 3D prints undergo crucial sintering and debinding processes to achieve all the properties of steel.
Another novelty introduced for Zortrax Endureal is VICTREX AM 200 low-melt PAEK filament, a high-performance polymer that belongs to the same thermoplastics family as Z-PEEK. The most important features of VICTREX AM 200 FIL include low viscosity, assuring easier flow through the nozzle, slow crystallization rate facilitating strong interlayer bonding that improves tensile strength along the Z-axis, high dimensional stability, and minimized warpage.
“VICTREX AM 200 has greater strength in the Z-axis than PEEK and comparable strength in the X and Y axes. All the other parameters are similar to those of PEEK. PAEK, however, is much easier to print. This high-performance polymer is a great choice for 3D printing heavy-duty parts that can replace metal components in aviation, marine, advanced engineering, or oil industries. PAEK can also be successfully used when 3D printing load-bearing components, elements of tools, structural frames, or parts that must withstand high temperatures,” said Dawid Piastowski, Materials Development Leader at Zortrax.