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FILAMET™ METAL AND CERAMIC 3D PRINTING MATERIALS

Filamet™ comes in both 1.75mm and 2.85mm and print on any FDM/FFF 3D printer that accepts any brand of filament.

Material Load by MassRecommended Nozzle SizeRecommended nozzle materialSinter TemperatureSintering MaterialDensity (g/cc)Filawarmer Recommended
Aluminum 6061 65.0 – 68.5% Start with 0.6mm and move to smaller nozzles with practice. Either standard stainless steel or hardened steel 620°C (1148°F) Untested Untested 1.45 No
Bronze 88.0 – 90.0% 885°C (1625°F) AL203 and Sintering Carbon 4.29 Yes
Copper 87.0 – 90.0% 1052°C (1925°F) 4.7
High Carbon Iron 75.0 – 80.0% 0.8mm Hardened steel 1300°C (2372°F) Untested Untested 2.93 No
Inconel® 718 82.0 – 85.0% Start with 0.6mm and move to smaller nozzles with practice. Either standard stainless steel or hardened steel 1260°C (2300°F) Steel Blend and Sintering Carbon 3.78 Yes
SS17-4 80.0 – 85.0% 1232°C (2250°F) 3.8
SS316L 80.0 – 85.0% 1260°C (2300°F) 4.81
Tungsten 88.0 – 94.0% 2200°C (3992°F) Untested Untested 7.51 Do not use
Titanium 64-5 78.0 – 82.0% 1350°C (2462°F) Untested 2.76 Yes
Pyrex® (Borosilicate) 66.0 – 72.0% 843°C (1550°F) Al2O3 or Talc Powder 1.5 No
Amaco 46-D 32.0 – 40.0% 1232°C (2250°F) Any material that is refractory at the sinter temperature 1.44 Yes
Amaco White 25-D (Discontinued) 40.0% 1232°C (2250°F) 1.5
Silicon Carbide 67.6% Hardened steel 1860°C (3380°F) Untested Untested 1.9
Zirconium Silicate 50.0 – 60.0% 1500°C (2732°F) Untested Any material that is refractory at the sinter temperature 2.1

Aluminum’s Oxides pose a challenge in the sintering process and it needs more than just an oxygen-free environment. Aluminum and its alloys can only be effectively sintered in pure nitrogen or in a vacuum. Argon has been used in the past, but can create some bonding issues between particles. There are conditions that aluminum requires depending on the alloy and geometry. Simple aluminum alloys such as 2014 can be sintered in dry nitrogen, but the furnace needs to be tight (-50 dewpoint) and uniform (±1°F) temperature control.
Oxygen is damaging to the metal sintering process. Sintering Carbon is used to combat this. Titanium is extra troublesome because it absorbs oxygen like crazy. It will pull oxygen out of a standard kiln’s insulation. Compounding the issue is titanium’s reactivity in the presence of oxygen and heat. The solution that we understand today is to use an all-metal kiln and a chamber thoroughly flooded with ultra high-purity argon.

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The Virtual Foundry can covert nearly any material into 3D printing filament. If you don’t see your preferred material here, contact us to ask about custom material development.


3D PRINTER

The Virtual Foundry Metal 3D Printer is specifically built and optimized for printing Filamet™. It has a Micro Swiss all metal direct drive extruder and a BL Touch probe for automatic bilinear compensation.

This system allows users to print all of The Virtual Foundry’s 3D printing materials including Ceramics, Bronze, Copper, 316L Stainless Steel, Inconel 718, and Pyrex.

The Virtual Foundry Metal 3D Printer

Price: $2495*

Specs:
Printing Technology: Fused Filament Fabrication
Connectivity: USB/SD Card (8GB SD Card included)
Screen: 7” Touchscreen
Extrusion Setup: Direct Drive
Nozzle Diameter: 0.6mm
Filament Diameter: 1.75mm
Nozzle Material: Hardened Steel
Build Plate Material: Powder Coated Spring Steel
Build Area: 220x220x300mm (8.66×8.66×11.81in)
Material Compatibility: Filamet™, PLA, PETG, TPU, and more

Size/Weight:
Unit Weight: 10.75kg (23.7lbs)
Dimensions: 509x476x570mm (20.04×18.74×22.44in)

Power:
Power Requirements: 110-230VAC
Output: 24VDC, 14.6A, 350.4W

*Prices do not include shipping.
Current Lead Time: 3 Weeks


SINTERING KILNS

Sinter printed metal and ceramic objects with the click of a button.

These systems allow Partner Innovators to sinter a number of The Virtual Foundry 3D printed materials including Ceramics, Bronze, Copper, 316L Stainless Steel, 17-4PH Stainless Steel, Inconel 718, and more in development!

How it works: 3D Print, Pack, Sinter, Metal! You “pack” the printed part in a Sintering Refractory Ballast and load the part in the Kiln. Select the parameters for sintering, click start and your parts will soon turn to functional metal objects! Follow the sintering instructions included with the kiln to turn your printed parts into metal. This kiln allows for your choice of inert gas or open environment sintering.

The Virtual Foundry Sintering Kiln

Price: $2980*

Specs:
120v, 12A , 1440w
Max. Temperature: 1288°C/2350°F
Controller: TAP control, touchscreen. Program and monitor with your phone or computer.
Solid State output
CE : Yes has CE Designation

Sintering Area / Chamber Volume:
7.5″ Width x 7.5″ Depth x 7.5″ Height / 
191mm Width x 191mm Depth x 191mm Height

Kiln Outer Dimensions:
22.25″ Width x 18″ Depth x 21.25″ Height /
565mm Width x 457mm Depth x 540mm Height

Compatible Materials:
Bronze, Copper, Pyrex® (Borosilicate), Amaco 46-D

This Kiln Ships via UPS / FedEx
Shipping Weight:  50lbs

*Prices do not include shipping. Contact us for a shipping quote.
Current Lead Time: 14 Weeks

Starter Kiln

Price: $4,420

Specs:
120v, Ph 1, 60Hz, 15A , 1800w
Max. Temperature: ~2500F / ~1370C
Controller: Touchscreen
Programmable Gas Injection Solenoid
Plug: Nema 5-15R
CE : Yes has CE Designation
TUV tested to CSA and UL Standard 499

Sintering Area / Chamber Volume:
0.13 cubic ft. / 3.7L
6″ Width x 6″ Depth x 6.25″ Height /
152mm Width x 152mm Depth x 159mm Height

Kiln Outer Dimensions:
11.0″ Width x 15.0″ Depth x 18.0″ Height /
279mm Width x 381mm Depth x 457mm Height

Compatible Materials:
Bronze, Copper, High Carbon Iron, Inconel 718, Stainless Steel 17-4, Stainless Steel 316L, Pyrex® (Borosilicate), Amaco 46-D

This Kiln Ships via Freight
Shipping Weight:  ~60lbs / 27kg

*Prices do not include shipping. Contact us for a shipping quote.
Current Lead Time: 8 Weeks

Pro Kiln

Price: $7,920

Specs:
240v , PH 1 60Hz, 45A , 10800w
Max. Temperature: ~2500F / ~1370C
Controller: Touchscreen
Programmable Gas Injection Solenoid
Plug: Nema 6-50P
CE : Yes has CE Designation
TUV tested to CSA and UL Standard 499

Sintering Area / Chamber Volume:
2.4 cubic ft. / 68.0 L
18″ Width x 18″ Depth x 13″ Height / 
458mm Width x 458mm Depth x 330mm Height

Kiln Outer Dimensions:
28.0″ Width x 36.5″ Depth x 28″ Height
712mm Width x 928mm Depth x 712mm Height

Compatible Materials:
Bronze, Copper, High Carbon Iron, Inconel 718, Stainless Steel 17-4, Stainless Steel 316L, Pyrex® (Borosilicate), Amaco 46-D

This Kiln Ships via Freight
Shipping Weight:  ~570lbs / 258kg
Shipping Size: Pallet – 42″ x 42″ x 42″ 

*Prices do not include shipping. Contact us for a shipping quote.
Current Lead Time: 8 Weeks