The Virtual Foundry Launches H13 Tool Steel Filament

This new material is a tool steel 3D printable on common fused filament fabrication 3D printers, according to The Virtual Foundry.

This new material is a tool steel 3D printable on common fused filament fabrication 3D printers, according to The Virtual Foundry.

The Virtual Foundry offers metal 3D printing technology that can be easily sintered in-house. Image courtesy of The Virtual Foundry.

The Virtual Foundry, provider of metal 3D printing materials, has launched its latest product, H13 Tool Steel Filamet, (also known as High Speed Steel or HSS) an FFF Metal 3D Printing Filament.

This product combines the strength and durability of H13 Tool Steel with the convenience of common desktop 3D printers, the company reports. H13 Tool Steel is a hot work tool steel, commonly used in tooling, cutting, die casting, forging and extrusion applications, known for its high toughness and wear resistance, with strength and hardness at high temperatures, according to The Virtual Foundry.

H13 Tool Steel Filamet is based on The Virtual Foundry’s technology that allows users to print complex parts with intricate detail using common, off-the-shelf Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) 3D printers. The filament is compatible with all common 3D printers that use the FDM/FFF (filament) printing method. Its ease of use makes it accessible to engineers, designers and manufacturers. After printing, parts are processed into pure metal using common, accessible kilns that are also available on The Virtual Foundry's website.

H13 Tool Steel Filamet is made for industries like aerospace, automotive, medical and any tooling application, where high-performance parts are needed, the company reports. 

“This is the 14th sinterable material available in our online store,” says Bradley Woods, founder/CEO of The Virtual Foundry. “With the introduction of 3D printable Tool Steel, we're taking this revolution to the next level. Now anyone can create previously impossible Tool Steel parts using common 3D printers. With the convenience of 3D printing fully in-house and no need to send out for processing, this is a significant advancement on many levels.”

H13 Tool Steel Filamet is available for purchase now. 

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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