3D printing Stainless Steel

Some advice from the Shapeways blog
There is a great entry on the Shapeways blog for anyone interested in getting some parts printed in 3D. It goes through some things to consider about the shape and wall thickness of the part in relation to the size. Really helpful stuff..

I recently used Shapeways to print some furniture hardware out of stainless steel and am very happy with the results. I will write more on this in a future post, with my personal successes and failures.. of which there were a few..

but the shapeways post is worth reading before you start modeling..

I can’t believe this came from a 3d printer. Every time I see new examples of parts being printed, I’m truly amazed.

That is fantastic work, how does 3D printing metal vs laser cutting it compare price and quality wise Duann?

Jon @ WoodMarvels.com

Hi Jon,
3D printing stainless steel is more expensive, you are paying by weight, where as with laser cutting you use standard sheets and cutting time is the costly factor.

a small item 3 x 1 x 1 cm costs around U$13 in stainless steel

I am quite impressed with the quality of stainless 3d printing, very strong…

Incredibly functional, I have yet to try printed moving parts

I will post more on this soon.


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