Desktop Metal qualifies three metals for 3D printing

Desktop Metal has qualified Copper Alloy C18150 for its Production System 3D printer, alongside Sandvik Additive Manufacturing, and an unnamed a ‘major global automaker’.

The company has also announced the qualification of Titanium Alloy Ti64 with TriTech Titanium Parts for binder jet 3D printing on the same system, and the qualification of 304L Stainless Steel with CETIM on the mid-size Shop System.

Also known as chromium zirconium copper, C18150 is a high-strength, high-conductivity copper alloy commonly used in thermal transfer applications, such as electrical connectors, welding electrodes, and other electrical and electronic components.

For the qualification of Titanium Alloy Ti64, Desktop Metal worked with TriTech Titanium Parts. The company says Ti64 is a popular material because of its strength-to-weight ratio, corrosion resistance and biocompatibility.

Desktop Metal says the qualification of 304L complements the suite of stainless steel materials now qualified on the Shop System mid-sized binder jet 3D printer, which also includes 17-4PH, 316L, IN625 and Cobalt-Chrome. The company says that among stainless steels, 304L is noteworthy for high tensile strength, corrosion resistance, and durability.

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