Forward AM Launches Ultrafuse Material for Metal 3D Printing

New filament is especially developed for applications requiring high hardness and mechanical strength for various industries.

New filament is especially developed for applications requiring high hardness and mechanical strength for various industries.

With Ultrafuse 17-4 PH, Forward AM is launching a filament comprising metal powder with a polymer binder for 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. After the debinding and sintering process, the final 3D printed part is 17-4 stainless steel. 

The new 3D printing filament is suited for a wide range of applications such as tooling, jigs and fixtures and functional prototypes. Corrosion resistance and the ability to be fully heat treated to high levels of strength and hardness make Ultrafuse 17-4 PH a 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. 

“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,” explains Hizal.

Ultrafuse metal filaments are specifically developed to work on all common open-source 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 non-oxidizing metal, such as corrosion resistance and strength.

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