Metal 3D printing Desktop Metal qualifies nickel alloy Inconel 625 for Studio System 2
Additive Manufacturing company Desktop Metal has qualified the use of IN625 for the Studio System, a turnkey metal 3D printing platform that offers customers the easiest way to print high-performance metal parts in low volumes for pre-production and end-use applications.
Desktop Metal has qualified nickel alloy Inconel 625 for 3D printing on the Studio System 2, which prints and sinters parts in a two-step process. The company’s platform now offers more materials than any other metal extrusion 3D printing system on the market, a total of eight in all.
In addition to IN625, Studio System users can now print titanium alloy Ti6Al4V (Ti64), copper, 4140, two tool steels (H13 and D2), and two stainless steels (17-4PH and 316L). Shipments of IN625 are available now.
IN625 is a high-performance nickel alloy known for high levels of strength, temperature resistance, and corrosion resistance — making it a popular material choice for applications in the aerospace, chemical processing, and offshore energy industries.
However, the strength of IN625 is also what makes it a difficult and expensive material to machine into complex shapes. The process typically requires a skilled machinist and special CNC cutting tools, strategies and coolants to shape. It’s not uncommon for cutting tools to be broken or deformed when milling Inconel stock or for the material to deform when the outer layer hardens too quickly in response to machining.
Users can directly print and sinter final, end-use parts or near-net shape parts that can be precision machined for key surfaces with ease.