Markforged Launches H13 Tool Steel for Metal X 3D Printer
Markforged has launched H13 tool steel to be used in its Metal X 3D printer, offering manufacturing professionals a lower-cost option for metal 3D printing.
Edited by AM Staff
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H13 enables 3D printing of parts with unique and complex geometries, something that traditionally would be very expensive and difficult to do, the company says. The tool steel is said to enable customers to print parts in high-strength, high-temperature applications such as metal-forming tools, dies and punches, hardened inserts for fixtures and even injection molds with conformal cooling channels.
H13 tool steel—also known as EN 1.2344 and SKD61 in Germany and Japan, respectively—is just the first of several future materials planned for the Metal X, including A2 and D2 tool steel, stainless steel 316L, Inconel and titanium.
Separating 3D printing from high-temperature processing is part of how the company’s Metal X realizes a price less than established metal AM equipment.
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