Here's all you need to know about surgical-grade stainless steel included in the Zortrax Full Metal Package 316L.
Stainless steel contains over 10% of chromium which in contact with oxygen forms a thin surface layer protecting it from corrosion as well as making this alloy esthetically pleasing, easy to maintain and sterilize. The downside is the chromium makes 316L steel relatively soft. 316L stainless is used for:
- Corrosion-resistant automotive parts
- Parts exposed to chemicals and liquids
- Decorative parts like trims and grills
- Hydraulic systems' components
- Food containers
- Medical equipment
- Corrosion-resistant precision mechanisms
Parts made with Zortrax Full Metal Package 316L are isotropic and can be welded, polished or machined just like standard steel.
BASF Ultrafuse® 316L and BASF Ultrafuse® 17-4 PH
are two available metallic powder filaments corresponding to two types of steel. Here's how they are different.
|Type of steel||Corrosion Resistance||Structure||Mechanical performance|
|316L||Stainless||Non-magnetic||Medium harndness / high elongation|
|17-4 PH||Corrosive||Magnetic||High hardness / low elongation|
|Type of steel||316L||17-4 PH|
|Mechanical performance||Medium harndness / high elongation||High hardness / low elongation|