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.
- 1 x MarkForged Metal X [300x220x180]
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