Struggling with production costs and lead times of metal parts?

Lighten up with 3D-printed metal

3D Printing can help your production gain speed and agility like never before. A successful Metal 3D Printing project always starts with the right application, but identifying it can be challenging.

This practical guide focuses on eight typical applications where significant improvements in terms of weight, performance, functionality and/or aesthetics can be achieved.

Free Resource: Application Guide for Metal 3D Printing

Additional Information
Internal Info

Choose Metal 3D Printing when you need to...

Save time…

Skip tool-making and milling, go
straight from design to production

…and money too

Metal is expensive, don’t pay to scrap
material with milling and machining

Keep it light

Latticed interiors can reduce part
weight dramatically

Customize, don’t compromise

Without molds and machining, you’re
free to design what you really want

Need some help getting started?

In Metal 3D Printing, more so than in conventional technologies, design plays a crucial role. By designing for 3D Printing from the beginning, you can bring down costs, eliminate assembly time, improve functionality, or simply develop a better product.

Talk to us about what you have in mind, and our Design & Engineering team will work with you to make it happen.

Tell us about your project

Metal strength, 3D printing freedom

Aluminum (AlSi10Mg)

Aluminum (AlSi10Mg)

  • Good strength and thermal properties with low weight
  • Flexible post-processing possibilities
  • Lead time: 10 working days
  • Maximum part dimensions: 500 x 280 x 315 mm
Titanium (TiAl6V4)

Titanium (TiAl6V4)

  • Excellent mechanical properties with very low specific weight
  • Corrosion-resistant
  • Lead time: 10 working days
  • Maximum part dimensions: 245 x 245 x 270 mm
Stainless Steel (316L or 1.4404)

Stainless Steel (316L or 1.4404)

  • Excellent strength, high ductility & good thermal properties
  • Highly corrosion-resistant
  • Lead time: 10 working days
  • Maximum part dimensions: 250 x 250 x 280 mm
Inconel (IN718)

Inconel (IN718)

  • Exceptional thermal resistance up to 700°C
  • High yield, tensile and creep-rupture properties
  • Long-duration strength at extreme temperatures
  • Lead time: 10 working days
  • Maximum part dimensions: 250 x 250 x 295 mm

Testimonials from our partners

Danny van der Jonckheyd
Philips Lighting

“With a reinvented bracket and an automated production line, Metal 3D Printing is helping us save around €89,000 a year. I think it has now become a natural component of our manufacturing toolkit.”

Michiel Holthinrichs
Holthinrichs Watches

“I couldn’t work with conventional manufacturing: the designs were too complex. Metal 3D Printing allows me to create shapes that would be impossible otherwise, and lets me add customization to my product.”

About Materialise Manufacturing

Materialise has been active in Additive Manufacturing since 1990 and operates one of the largest 3D printing facilities in the world. With its headquarters in Belgium and branches worldwide, Materialise provides Additive Manufacturing software solutions and sophisticated 3D printing services in industries including healthcare, automotive, aerospace, art and consumer products.

Ready to discover your path to a successful Metal 3D Printing project?

The key to successful Metal 3D Printing is identifying the right applications. Do that and watch your metal production become faster, leaner and more innovation-receptive.

Download the Application Guide or get in touch!