BCN3D’s Metal Pack for stainless steel 3D printing
BCN3D, a 3D printing solutions manufacturer, announced the Metal Pack containing Ultrafuse Metal Filaments from Forward AM for its line of Epsilon Series 3D printers, allowing its customer-base to easily upgrade their hardware to affordably produce solid metal parts. After the launch of its new BCN3D Cloud and purchase of Astroprint, the company is continuing on its path by expanding its hardware solutions.
This upgrade opens a new range of applications for BCN3D customers for spare parts, functional prototyping, and tooling, and is mainly aimed at the pharmaceutical, food, automotive, aerospace, and manufacturing sectors. The parts have identical behavior to those produced by MIM or CNC and offer an office-friendly solution with far more design freedom.
The Metal Pack includes both Ultrafuse 316L and 17-4 PH, and a new exclusive hot end for metal, as well as specific accessories, to ensure a smooth printing experience. After the printing process, debinding and sintering processes can be done externally through the current Forward AM authorized network of service suppliers.
How does the process work?
The process is divided into 3 steps: printing a part with the BCN3D Epsilon 3D printers, and the subsequent industry-standard debinding and sintering. The result is a final part which is nearly 100% solid stainless steel.
For the printing process, filaments Ultrafuse 316L and 17-4 PH contain high levels of stainless steel in combination with polymer binders which allows for easy printing. The binder content from the printed part is removed in a catalytic debinding process. The next step is the part undergoing a subsequent sintering process at temperatures right below the melting temperature of the metal which causes the metal particles to coalesce. The material then reaches its final properties through post-sintering. For example, achieving required performances in aspects such as hardness and strength.
The Metal Pack will include one Ultrafuse 316L (3kg) spool and one Ultrafuse 17-4PH (3kg), the Magigoo 316L which is also compatible with the 17-4PH, two new Hotend M’s and the new BCN3D Brass Wipers for Metal. BCN3D will also publish an add-on for new slicing software BCN3D Stratos dedicated to printing with metal that will include printing profiles curated for the BCN3D Epsilon Series. The price will be $1250 excluding taxes and the first units of the Metal Pack will be shipped in January 2022.