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Getting Started With Filamet™ and Pure Metal 3D Printing

The 3 Basic Steps: Print > Debind > Sinter

Note: If you are new to all of this, and just want pure metal parts with the least complex process possible, we recommend that you start with our Bronze Filamet™. Bronze has a long history and many beneficial properties. The Getting Started Bundle has everything you need to print, debind, and sinter Bronze Filamet™, minus the printer and kiln.

BENEFITS OF BRONZE
Cost-effectiveness, High thermal and electrical conductivity, Excellent surface finishes, Non-magnetic and non-sparking properties, High dimensional precision, Resistance to corrosion and metal fatigue

What you’ll need to print:

  • Filamet™, Choose from one of our 15+ stock materials, or contact us about creating something new and unique.
  • Any FFF 3D printer that accepts any brand of filament (direct drive works better but isn’t required) hardened steel nozzle sized at 0.6mm or 0.8mm.
  • Blue painters tape for your print bed (or glue stick for a glass print bed)
  • Filawarmer, a simple thermal device that strengthens the filament as it comes off the spool.

Follow the guidelines on the Printing Pure Metal Parts page to optimize your current printer for use with Filamet™. The only hardware change you’ll need is a hardened steel nozzle, Filamet™ can wear your nozzle more quickly than regular PLA.

We generally use Ultimaker Cura for slicing. To start, just pick a generic PLA profile for your printer and set the nozzle temperature to 210°C (410°F) and tune in the range of 190-230°C (374/446°F) and the flow rate to 135% and adjust it as you go. All printers will print differently, requiring different flow rates and temperatures. Optionally, set the print bed to 40-50°C (104-122°F).

What you’ll need to Debind and Sinter:

  • A Kiln
  • Heat resistant gloves
  • Crucible
  • Al₂O₃ and Sintering Carbon for Bronze and Copper
  • Steel Blend and Sintering Carbon for Stainless Steel 316L, Stainless Steel 17-4 and Inconel® 718

Note: Filamet™ debinds with only heat so there is no extra debinding equipment needed.
Sintering can be done in any kiln that can reach and hold the sintering temperature. For a quick look at sintering temperatures, check out the Products page.


FAQ

What do I need to print Filamet™? (printer, accessories, etc)

How strong is Filamet™?

How should I store Filamet™?

What type of nozzle size should I use?

What settings should I use for printing Filamet™?

What should I do if my filament keeps breaking?

Why is my nozzle jamming?

How do I print with Ultimaker 3D printers?

How do I sinter my prints?

What kiln do I need for debinding and sintering?

How much do parts shrink?

How do I clean a part after sintering?

Can I get a sample part made?

What is the Metal Content of Filamet™?

How is density calculated?

Is Filamet™ Conductive?

Where can I find Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for Filamet™?

Are you going to have more printable metals?

What makes Filamet™ special?

Where do you ship


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