Belgium-based 3D printing service provider Materialise has expanded its portfolio of over 30 materials by introducing stainless steel (316L or 1.4404).
This announcement follows the opening of the company’s metal 3D printing factory in Bremen, Germany. Expanding its material portfolio will allow Materialise to better serve its industrial customers in the automotive, aeronautics and manufacturing sectors.
316L is a low-carbon alloy of stainless steel, with corrosion-resistant properties and excellent strength. 3D printed stainless steel will bring strength and flexibility to applications in machine-building and tool-making. The material is also widely used for food-safe applications and medical instruments. Additionally, it is suited for producing durable prototypes, spare parts, ductwork and production tools.