The Sinterhard team, based in Massachusetts, is a mid-sized group of engineers of nearly every type, from software engineers to electrical engineers. Headed up by Bill Novacs, who holds a multitude of advanced degrees (including engineering), and considers himself a ‘maker,’ this group is on a clear path to transform not only the manufacturing of industrial parts, but more specifically, they are transforming it on the 3D printing level with a new filament: Sinterhard Metal Filled Filament.
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Sinterhard Metal Filled Filaments for 3D Printing
by Bill Kovacs
SINTERHARD METAL FILLED 3D Printer Filaments for printing Industrial Stainless Steel and Aluminum parts similar to MIM Processes
We plan to produce ABS and PLA plastic filaments, mixed with either powdered 316 Stainless Steel or Aluminum, for use in existing 3D filament printers.The 3D Printer will replace the Plastic Injection Molding Machine in the Metal Injection Molding [MIM] process, and later with Oxide and non-Oxide ceramic filled filaments in the Ceramic Injection Molding Process [CIM]. The MIM and CIM processes currently produce $1.6 Billion Dollars of intricate small industrial metal and ceramic parts
The Sinterhard Metal Filled Filaments will enable people to print items that are furnace ready to debind and sinter into solid sintered metal objects. In selecting 316 Stainless Steel and Aluminum powders, we are starting with two of the most common metals that are in use making parts with the current industrial MIM process. They have a moderate sinter temperature [316 Stainless Steel ] and a low sinter temperature [Aluminum ] as a starting point. These metals cover a large range in commercial applications and are available in the fine mesh size we need to insure a high quality 3 D Printed part.
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