Metal 3D Printers

PrintCity is the first facility of its type in the UK to house the new Metal X printer, which is capable of printing high-resolution metal parts. Currently, the printer uses stainless steel, but more materials are available, including tool steel, Inconel and titanium.

The Metal X printer employs the Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) process to extrude metal particles suspended in a ‘holding’ filament. The printed part is then sintered in a kiln to produce high strength useable metal parts.

Parts produced are typically 80 to 90 percent cheaper to produce than parts manufactured using traditional methods.

One example of how Markforged Metal X has been previously used at PrintCity is to create a stainless steel shell for the prototype of HeX earphones; socially inclusive hearing aids designed by MSc Industrial Digitalisation student, Elen Parry.

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    Our Equipment

    Fused Filament Fabrication 3D Printers

    PrintCity has 30 Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) and Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM*) printers. These adaptable printers enable production using low-cost materials, with a wide range of colour and polymer options. …

    Continuous Fiber Fabrication 3D Printers

    Continuous Fiber Fabrication printing is a process unique to Markforged. It combines Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) with a second extruder (print head) that deposits a continuous strand of reinforcing material, …

    Stereolithography SLA / Digital Light Projection DLP

    Stereolithography is a 3D printing process that uses ultraviolet (UV) lasers to draw out each layer of a 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) model into a vat of photopolymer liquid …