Which are the metals used in 3d printing?

Metal 3D printing is constantly evolving. 3D printing, aka Additive manufacturing, has numerous advantages and innovative industrial processes.

The main metals used in 3D printing are 316L stainless steel, Cobalt-chrome Mp1, Inconel 718-625, Titanium Ti6AL4V, Aluminium and steel 17.4 PH.

Which are the metals used in 3D printing and additive manufacturing?

DMLS and EBM are the main additive manufacturing technologies used for metal 3D printing, rapid prototyping and model shaping without limits.

Direct Metal Laser Sintering consists in melting powder layers by means of a laser beam, whereas Electron Beam Melting melts the powder layer by means of electron beams.

The main advantage of both technologies used for additive manufacturing is a rapid and secure production process at a reduced cost.

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These are the technical sheets of the main metals produced by Beam-it. To download them visit our additive manufacturing tecnologies page

316L stainless steel: 

this steel is renowned for its high mechanical properties and its first-class corrosion resistance. It is ideal for the construction of medical instruments, automotive and industrial spare parts


Cobalt-Chrome MP1:

this super alloy has brilliant mechanical properties (resistance, hardness etc.), corrosion and high temperature resistance. It is mainly used in the medical field (implants) and for applications in the race engine and aeronautic industries requiring a high temperature resistance. The parts made out of this alloy are nickel-free (< 0,1%) and can easily be sterilised.

Inconel 718-625:

these super alloys are characterised by excellent mechanical properties (resistance, hardness etc.), corrosion and high temperature resistance. They are mainly used for applications in the race engine and aeronautic fields. They are employed to produce turbine pallets in the energetic field and valves in severe industries such as the petrochemical sector .

Titanium grade 5 – Ti6Al4V:

Ti64 has excellent mechanical properties, an exceptional corrosion resistance, a low specific weight and a high bio-compatibility. This alloy meats the demands of high performance applications in the aerospace, racing and medical fields. The Titanium parts can afterwards be refined with traditional methods.

Aluminium AlSi10Mg:

this alloy has good fusion properties and is typically used for the creation of small-width and geometrically complex components. Thanks to its good hardness and resistance, it is used to produce parts subject to high loads. Its lightness and ease of processing are highly appreciated in the industrial and automotive fields.


Steel 17-4 PH:

this material is characterized by high mechanical properties and an outstanding corrosion resistance. It is the perfect material for the creation of production accessories such as functional metal prototypes, small batches and spare parts. It is very much used in the industrial, automotive and packaging industries.




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The innovations of additive manufacturing, commonly called 3D printing, enter into the Automotive market with the automotive additive manufacturing.

The additive manufacturing technology facilitates the production of prototypes and parts on demand with a short lead-time. It also simplifies the transition to production and increases the security standards.

Metal additive manufacturing in the automotive sector.

From now on, the automotive and racing manufacturing make fully part of the additive manufacturing world.

Which are the advantages of the Additive Manufacturing for the automotive sector?

The additive manufacturing technology, not only in the automotive sector, lowers the production costs. Moreover, it increases the flexibility of design thanks to fewer restrictions and new processes.

The possibilities, complex geometries and challenging constructions are endless compared to the traditional production process. The manufacturing of future vehicles will be more lean, safe, efficient and simplified together with an incredible cost reduction.

Additive manufacturing in the automotive sector implies that the car constructors will have to change their business model: a real revolution in the automotive field.

The first fully printed car is already a reality; it is called Strati and has been officially presented at the International Manufacturing Technology Show of Chicago.
The car components and spare parts have been fabricated in a thermoplastic material, which is characterized by high performances at low costs.

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