BASF ULTRAFUSE 17-4 PH Metal 3D Printing Filament - 2.85mm

Stainless Steel Parts From Your Existing 3D Printer


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BASF Ultrafuse® 17-4 PH is a filament for the production of metal components in 17-4 stainless steel on standard Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) printers. It can be fully heat treated to high levels of strength and hardness. It is therefore ideal for Petrochemistry, Aerospace, Automotive and the Medical Industry.

BASF Ultrafuse® 17-4 PH is a filament for producing metal components in 17-4 stainless steel on standard Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) printers. It can be fully heat treated to high levels of strength and hardness. It is therefore ideal for Petrochemistry, Aerospace, Automotive and the Medical Industry.

Introducing BASF Ultrafuse® 17-4
Print Real Metal Parts With Your Existing 3D Printer


Overview

Description

BASF Ultrafuse® 17-4 PH is a filament for producing metal components in 17-4 stainless steel on standard Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) printers. It can be fully heat treated to high levels of strength and hardness. It is therefore ideal for Petrochemistry, Aerospace, Automotive and the Medical Industry.

It is designed for ultimate ease of handling on conventional Fused Filament Fabrication 3D printers. BASF Ultrafuse® 17-4 PH combines greater freedom of design with a lower total cost of ownership – printing metal parts easier, faster and affordable. Parts printed with Ultrafuse® 17-4 PH obtain their final properties, including hardness and strength, through the catalytic debinding and sintering process. The catalytic debinding technology was developed and introduced by BASF and has emerged as the industry standard.

Benefits At-A-Glance

  • Easy and affordable metal 3D printing
  • High mechanical strength and hardness
  • Wide range of post-processing options for green parts
  • Produces parts of stainless-steel 17-4 PH metal
  • Good corrosion resistance
  • Fully hardened enables highest strength
  • High flexibility of filament enables successful printing in any FFF printers

Example Applications

  • Tooling
  • Jigs and fixtures
  • Functional prototypes
  • Small series production

Documentation

Everything You Need To Know For Successful Prints With BASF Ultrafuse® 17-4 PH



Why Use Ultrafuse 17-4 PH?

Ultrafuse® 17-4 PH has a much lower start up cost to print functional metal parts. Due to this material being designed to run on a wide range of commercial FFF machines, the machine requirements come with a much smaller price tag than traditional metal additive machines. For example, DMLS (Direct metal laser sintering) machines can start at the $600,000 price range.

Metal filament opens many part possibilities that only additive can access. Some of these possibilities include weight reduction, part features that aren’t possible with subtractive manufacturing, and low-cost small batch production.

One other great feature of metal additive is that these parts can be manipulated in their green state while they are soft before sintering. After sinter, these parts behave/machine the same as a stock piece of 316L.

What Is Ultrafuse 17-4 PH Used For?

This stainless steel can be fully heat treated to high levels of strength and hardness. It is therefore ideal for Petrochemistry, Aerospace, the Automotive and the Medical Industry. Parts printed with metal-polymer composite filament Ultrafuse® 17-4 PH obtain their final properties through a catalytic debinding and sintering process known from traditional Metal Injection Molding.

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Physical Properties

17-4 PH is a stainless-steel alloy. This aids in corrosion resistance. Having a higher corrosion resistance means this material has both rust resistance and acidic resistance. This property opens this material up to marine and aircraft applications.

3D Printer Requirements

17-4 PH was created to run on a wide range of commercial FFF machines. Here are the requirements for a printer to run the 17-4 PH filament.

  • Heated Bed
    • Bed Temperature between 90 – 120 °C / 194 – 248 °F
  • Extruder Temperature
    • Between 230 – 250 °C / 446 – 482 °F
  • Bed Material
    • Glass + approved glues* / polyimide tape (*Magigoo® or Dimafix®
      suggested)
  • Nozzel Diameter
    • ≥ 0.4 mm
  • Bowden or Direct Drive Machine
    • This material is both flexible and stiff. As a result, it can run on Bowden or Direct Drive machines.
  • Enclosure
    • An enclosure is highly recommended. This will help with layer adhesion. Layer separation is not fixable with this material due to the sintering process. If parts have separated layers, they will not sinter correctly.
  • Hardened Nozzle
    • While you can print with a non-hardened nozzle. It is not recommended. Small metal particles in the material will cause faster wear of non-hardened nozzles.

Printing Instructions

For detailed printing instructions, please refer to this User Guidelines document.

Keep in mind that parts will shrink anisotropically during the debinding and sintering process, so you'll want to scale your parts up in your slicing software as follows:

  • X and Y: Scale by +119.82%
  • Z: Scale by +126.10%

Important update: Ultimaker Cura v5.0 introduces improved support for BASF Ultrafuse 316L, making it easier than ever to print metal parts with your Ultimaker 3D printer. Check out our Ultimaker Cura 5.0 Overview video for details.

Processing Instructions

For detailed instructions for the debinding and sintering process, refer to this Process Guidelines document.

Refer to the BASF Ultrafuse 17-4 PH Processing Ticket page for details about the process for outsourcing the debinding and sintering of your parts.

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