Steel

Steel

60% Stainless Steel / 40% Bronze Matrix Material

Colors

Steel Bronzed Silver Steel Polished Bronze Steel Polished Gold Steel Black Steel Polished Nickel

About Steel

Steel is an affordable and strong metal that is well-suited for consumer products both small and large with an industrial look and feel. It’s printed using a binder jetting process and is later infused with bronze, creating a material that is 60% steel and 40% bronze and can range in color from a silver gray to reddish bronze. It is strong enough for metal parts like bottle openers and dice, but is not recommended for industrial load bearing applications.

Handling and Care

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NOT FOODSAFE
 
Heatproof
HEATPROOF TO 831C/1521F
Good Strength
Many available colors
Frequently Asked Questions
What colors and finishes are available for this material?


Finishes 

Matte: This finish is unpolished for a rough and matte surface. 
Polished: This finish is polished for a shiny and smooth look and feel. 

*Results may vary depending on geometry and model detail.

Colors 

Bronzed-Silver: A metallic silvery color with a bronze tint. 
Gold: Thin layer of 24K gold plating that will wear with handling 
Nickel: Thin layer of nickel plating providing a shiny silver gray color than can darken over time with exposure to skin. 
Bronze: This finish gives the material a brown antique bronze look 
Black: The black finish gives the material a dark gray to black look 

How is this material made?

To build steel models, special 3D printers deposit small drops of glue onto layers of stainless steel powder, one layer at a time, until the print is complete. We carefully remove these models from the printer. At this stage of the process, the objects are very fragile, similar to wet sand. The models then go through an infusion process that replaces the glue with bronze, creating a full metal product. Models are then processed to achieve your desired finish, sprayed with a sealant, and shipped to you.

What are the circle marks that are sometimes seen on my product?

The bronze infiltration process requires the addition of supporting stilts that are broken off and polished away after infusion. This can create small, round marks on the final product that appear smoother and more polished than the rest of the product.

 

 

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