316L, a low-carbon alloy of stainless steel also known as 1.4404, is highly corrosion-resistant and offers excellent strength. 3D-printed stainless steel has high ductility and good thermal properties. Stainless steel can be used for food-safe applications, machine components and production tools. Other applications include ductwork, durable prototypes, spare parts, medical instruments and wearables.

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Technical Specifications

Standard lead time Minimum of 10 working days, depending on part size, number of components and finishing degrees
Standard accuracy ±0.2% (with lower limit on ±0.2 mm)
Layer thickness 0.03 – 0.1 mm
Minimum wall thickness 0.5 mm
Minimum detail 0.5 mm
Maximum part dimensions

250 x 250 x 280 mm (offline orders)
220 x 220 x 250 mm (online orders)

Interlocking or enclosed parts? No
Surface structure Unfinished parts typically have a rough surface but various finishing degrees can achieve smooth surfaces

Datasheet

MEASUREMENT RANGE
(after heat treatment)
STANDARD
Density 7.9 g/cm³    
Tensile Strength 485 – 595 MPa  DIN EN ISO 6892-1:2009
Elongation at Break 25 – 55% DIN EN ISO 6892-1:2009
E-Modulus 180 GPa  DIN EN ISO 6892-1:2009
Yield strength 380 – 560 MPa  DIN EN ISO 6892-1:2009
Hardness 89 HRB DIN EN ISO 6508-1
Relative Density Ca. 100%  
Specific Heat Capacity 500 J/(kg K)  
Air - and Watertight Yes  

Actual values may vary with build condition

How Does Metal 3D Printing Work?

Metal 3D Printing is a laser-based technology that uses powdered metals. Similar to Laser Sintering, a high-powered laser selectively binds together particles on the powder bed while the machine distributes even layers of metallic powder. Support structures are automatically generated and built simultaneously in the same material, and are later manually removed. Once complete, the part undergoes heat treatment.

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