BASF Ultrafuse® 17-4 PH Stainless Steel

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Ultrafuse® 17-4 PH Material Guide

What is Ultrafuse® 17-4 PH?

Ultrafuse® 17-4 PH is a metal filament, made for the creation of metal components in 17-4 PH stainless steel, using the FFF (Fused Filament Fabrication) 3D printing technology.  

This 17-4 PH stainless steel can be fully heat treated to high levels of strength and hardness. The final properties of this metal material are obtained through a catalytic debinding and sintering process known from traditional Metal Injection Molding. This Ultrafuse® 17-4 PH material is characterized by its impressive strength. It is also one of the most affordable materials for metal 3D printing.

17-4 PH and 316L are among the most used stainless steel materials, however, these two materials present different properties regarding their tensile strength, yield strength, elongation at break, and hardness :

316L17-4 PH as sintered
Tensile strength500 MPa950 MPa
Yield strength200 MPa720 MPa
Elongation at break50%6%
Hardness HV10120320

What can you do with Ultrafuse® 17-4 PH?

Ultrafuse® 17-4 PH can be used for applications in petrochemistry, aerospace, aviation, automotive and the medical industry. This metal is ideal for components in corrosive environments, requiring high mechanical strength and hardness.

Tools, jigs and fixtures that are under higher loads can be manufactured using Ultrafuse® 17-4 PH, as well as any functional prototypes.

Pricing and delivery

The printing price of your design is calculated automatically the moment it is uploaded. As you modify your object (changing material, finishing, size, using our hollowing feature, etc.) you will note that the price changes automatically. The pricing is based on a series of factors, including total volume, object size, and bounding box – to name a few.

The estimated shipping time is also calculated automatically as the object is uploaded and each time you make a modification on it. Delivery time should be added to processing time.

For more information, check our pricing page

3D printing process of Ultrafuse® 17-4 PH

Ultrafuse 316L parts are printed with FDM/FFF technology from the specialized 90% metal/10% polymer filament created by BASF. The printed part is in a “green state” and must undergo a debinding process to remove the polymer binding agent. After debinding, the part is relatively porous and requires a sintering process to produce a solid, dense part. While the sintered part is ready for use, additional post-processing is possible to create the desired surface quality with polishing, milling, heat-treatment, or coating.

Maximum Size: 80x80x80mm or 115x115x40 mm 

 

Extensive testing and experience have shown that parts within a (X 60mm, Y 60mm, Z 60 mm) cube have the highest success rate and is suggested.

Typically, parts larger the suggested size benefit from the application of simulation and other development services. Please contact our Service Team.

 

Standard Layer thickness: 150µm

Standard nozzle size: 0,4 mm 

Depending on the selected nozzle diameter, sharp corners may not be printed. Please check Knife/Pointed Egdes section to overcome a potential problem.

Minimum wall thickness for object1 mm

Smooth transitions recommended to avoid cracks during debinding and sintering. Fillets and chamfers help to increase the probability of success. 

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Homogeneous wall thicknesses recommended to enable uniform shrinkage without major distortion.

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Wall hight to wall thickness ratio: 6:1

Angles under 45° require support structures.

Please keep in mind that surfaces that have connection with support won´t be as smooth as the surfaces without support.

Support structures on edges, holes and corners are difficult to remove and sometimes not possible.

Knife edges/pointed edges will likely to fail during the print process. Round all knife edges with a 1.00 mm (0.03 in.) radius to avoid failing edges.

Minimum height and width details

Embossed: 0.60 mm – 1 mm wall thickness


Engraved: 0.40 mm – 1 mm wall thickness

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Enclosed parts?Not recommended
Interlocking parts?Not recommended
Minimum clearance0.6 mm
Minimum hole diameter1.5 mm

 

Assembly?No

Files with Multiple Objects ?No


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It is not possible to 3D print a 3D file containing several objects.

It is not possible to print a 3D file containing several objects, that’s why we cannot accept files that contain clusters of multiple objects. Though, if you wish to purchase more than one identical parts, you can select the number of parts you want to order during the checkout. The more parts you order, the lower your price per part gets.

You can also use our online tools and see our tricks and tips on how to reduce your 3D printing price.

To get more information on your metal additive manufacturing service, you can contact our qualified sales team.

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Mechanical PropertiesConditionsXY (flat)ZX (upright)
Tensile StrengthDIN EN ISO 6892-1
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760 MPa730 MPa
Yield Strength, Rp 0.2DIN EN ISO 6892-1
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680 MPa700 MPa
Elongation at BreakDIN EN ISO 6892-1
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4 %3 %
Impact Strength Charpy (notched)DIN EN ISO 148:2017- 052 (2mm V-notch)– 
Vickers HardnessDIN EN ISO 6507-1257 HV10257 HV10

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