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BASF Forward AM Ultrafuse 17-4 - 2.85mm 3kg

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Ultrafuse® 17-4 PH offers an efficient way to produce metal parts with high mechanical strength. Spare parts, tools or customized geometries are now easily and cost-effectively accessible. Ultrafuse® 17-4 PH is compatible with most FFF 3D printers, giving a high degree of flexibility and freedom.

This stainless steel can be fully heat treated to high levels of strength and hardness. It is ideal for Petrochemistry, Aerospace, the Automotive and the Medical Industry. Parts printed with this metal-polymer composite filament Ultrafuse® 17-4 PH obtain their final properties through a catalytic debinding and sintering process known from traditional Metal Injection Molding.

Example Applications

  • Tooling
  • Jigs and fixtures
  • Functional prototypes

BASF, one of the largest and most prestigious multinationals in the chemical sector, has committed to additive manufacturing through the Forward-AM brand and its Ultrasint, Ultrafuse and Ultracure lines. It currently has an extensive catalogue of materials for the main 3D printing technologies, including its excellent engineering resins based on urethane, or its metallic filaments.

Ultrafuse 17-4PH is an FFF 3D printing filament composed of 90% by weight of sinterable 17-4PH steel powder and 10% binder polymers developed specifically to facilitate the extrusion of this material.

Grapa para panel solar fabricada con Ultrafuse 17-4.

Image 1: Solar panel clamp made from Ultrafuse 17-4. Source: BASF.

Grade 17-4PH or type 630 steel is a martensitic stainless steel alloyed with chromium and copper, which is noted for its high mechanical strength. This steel can be precipitation hardened to achieve superior strength and hardness. Compared to 316L steel, it has higher mechanical properties at the cost of lower corrosion resistance.

Unlike other PLA-based metal filaments where the debinding process is performed thermally in conjunction with sintering, Ultrafuse 17-4PH uses a specific binder polymer that requires catalytic debinding developed by BASF. This catalytic process has the advantage of being much cleaner than the calcining of PLA, reducing the waste present during sintering and resulting in a final part free of impurities and with properties closer to those of machined or injected steel.


Video 1: Ultrafuse 17-4PH real application case. Source: BASF.

This filament has similar printing conditions to ABS, so it can be used in most FFF 3D printers. In addition, the binders used have been developed to minimise the brittleness characteristic of metallic filaments, which facilitates its use in both direct extruder and bowden printers and does not require heating prior to printing. It is available in 3 kg spools and in 2.85 mm diameters.

Inserto impreso en 3D con Ultrafuse 17-4PH

Image 2: 3D printed insert with Ultrafuse 17-4PH. Source: BASF.

Ultrafuse 17-4PH has been developed with the aim of simplifying and reducing costs in the 3D printing of metal parts. 

Proceso completo

Image 3: Complete process. Source: BASF.

For those users who have the means and want to carry out the debinding and sintering process, BASF provides the parameters and conditions for both processes which can be consulted in the tips for use tab or in the user guide available in the download tab.


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