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Additive 3-D Printing

3D From Nothing

By Thomas Gendich
3D From Nothing powered by Metalmite is the podcast all about 3D printing and additive manufacturing. You will learn what kinds of things you can print, what materials you can print, who is currently using the technology, and why you would want to use it!
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“Metalmite has long been a leader in innovative solutions using 5-6 axis and wire EDM to machine precise details for the aerospace and military industry. Now with the addition of 3D printing we can offer faster leadtimes and reduced cost to this process.”

Tom Gendich

President of Metalmite Corporation

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Metalmite Corporation can now print parts in a matter of hours made out of 17-4 Stainless, Tool Steel, Copper, Carbon Fiber, Nylon, or Kevlar, and more.

Metalmite now has a complete Print Farm with (3) Markforged MetalX printers and multiple FDM (fused deposition material) printers. The Markforged Metal X is a new kind of metal printer. By printing metal powder bound in a plastic matrix, Markforged has become the first company to eliminate the safety risks associated with traditional metal 3D printers. That means no loose powder, no lasers, and none of the traditional safety precautions. It’s safe to use in a shop environment with minimal facility upgrades.

In practice, the Metal X is essentially a very advanced FFF 3D printer. Featuring a precision machined gantry, a heated chamber and print bed, and advanced extrusion hardware, the Metal X is equipped to reliably print you durable parts. It is intentionally designed, with wear components and consumables — including print sheets, nozzles, and brushes — accessible and trivial to swap. More here.

The Mark Two is the best-in-class professional carbon fiber 3D printer – built around the Continuous Fiber Reinforcement (CFR) process to reliably produce strong parts for you. It’s built around an aluminum unibody frame that delivers high accuracy and repeatability. A hardened extrusion system enables the Mark Two to print Onyx — a micro carbon fiber filled nylon filament that destroys traditional extrusion systems — reliably over thousands of print hours. More here.

Premium Materials We Print:

17-4 PH Stainless Steel

17-4 PH Stainless Steel is a multipurpose steel used for industrial applications. Heat-treatable to 36 HRC and possessing 95% wrought strength, Markforged 17-4 PH enables you to print high-strength, robust metal parts for a wide variety of applications.

Copper

Unparalleled in its ability to conduct both heat and electricity, pure Copper is a unique metal to 3D print. Markforged Copper possesses better conductivity characteristics than alloyed copper that can be printed on DMLS machines. Unlike conventional fabrication processes which are extremely labor intensive and expensive, Markforged Copper is extremely simple to 3D print.

Inconel 625

Inconel 625 is a nickel-chromium based superalloy that is extremely resistant to corrosion and strong at high temperatures. It’s easy to print, enabling you to fabricate functional prototypes and end-use parts designed for harsh environments. Markforged Inconel 625 meets chemical requirements of ASTM B443 and maintains a UTS of 500 MPa at 600 ºC

H13 Tool Steel

Harder than 17-4 PH Stainless Steel and capable of maintaining material properties at high temperatures, H13 tool steel is an extremely versatile material to work with. Markforged H13 can be heat treated to 45 HRC with a UTS of 1500 MPa, and is used by Markforged customers for tool bodies, brazing fixtures, and other parts where hardness or heat resistance are required.

A2 and D2 Tool Steel

A2 and D2 are cold work tool steels defined by their extremely high hardness after heat treatment. A2 tool steel is often regarded as a “universal” cold work steel, offering a combination of good wear resistance and high toughness. D2 tool steel is harder and more wear-resistant, but less tough. Both can be used for cutting and forming tools, or other applications where high hardness are valued.

Onyx

Onyx — our flagship Composite Base material — is a micro carbon fiber filled nylon that yields accurate parts with impeccable surface finish. Few materials have the versatility of Onyx; it offers high strength, toughness, and chemical resistance when printed alone, and can be reinforced with Continuous Fibers to yield aluminum-strength parts. Today, there are more than a million Onyx parts in the field transforming manufacturing.

Kevlar

Kevlar is a specialized Continuous Fiber known for its energy absorption and extreme toughness. When laid into Onyx or another Composite Base material, it yields extremely impact-resistant parts that are nearly immune to catastrophic failure (fracture). It’s perfect for use in parts that are in demanding environments or are subject to repetitive loading.

From design to fully-functional metal parts in as few as 48 hours. Contact us today!

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