Metal 3D Printing

Metal 3D printing, or selective laser melting (SLM), combines the design flexibility of 3D printing with the mechanical properties of high-performance metal alloys to create unique, strong, and lightweight parts, even for the most complex applications. Metal 3D printing is ideal for creating fully functional prototypes and end-use parts that may be impossible to produce using conventional manufacturing methods.

Underside of a 3D-printed metal lamination tool with cooling channels for automotive use

Why work with Materialise Manufacturing?

Producing metal parts with Materialise is all about making the complex simple. From working with our Design & Engineering Team to accessing our industry-leading Metal Competence Center in Bremen, we help you take advantage of the flexibility and speed metal 3D printing offers compared to traditional methods. Whether you need prototypes or full series production, you can count on us from start to finish. 

Technical specifications

Maximum build dimensions

Dimensions are unlimited as components may be composed of several sub-parts.

The maximum build envelope is 500 x 280 x 315 mm

Standard accuracy

Better than or equal to the industry standards:

  • DCTG 6 of DIN EN ISO 8062-3 for dimensions between 0.5 and 30 mm
  • DCTG 8 of DIN EN ISO 8062-3 for dimensions between 30 and 400 mm
  • DIN ISO 2768-1 c (coarse) for dimensions between 0.5 mm and 400 mm

See design guidelines for more information on standard accuracy.

Layer thickness

0.04 – 0.09 mm (material dependent)

Minimum wall thickness
  • Standard grade: 1 mm
  • Performance grade: 0.5 mm
Surface structure

Unfinished parts are typically rough, but various post-production finishes are possible


Choose from a broad selection of materials when you come to Materialise for your metal 3D printing projects.


Balance performance and efficiency in every project with your choice of Standard or Performance grades.

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