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what do I have to expect from a stainless Steel 3D printed Tool? [message #67480] Sun, 05 May 2013 14:01 UTC Go to next message
avatar tencent_tc  is currently offline tencent_tc
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hello community

what do I have to expect from a stainless Steel 3D printed Tool?

will it have nearly the material properties?

what can I not expect from a stainless Steel printed 3D tool?

any answer is very much appreciated
Re: what do I have to expect from a stainless Steel 3D printed Tool? [message #67483 is a reply to message #67480 ] Sun, 05 May 2013 14:47 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar stonysmith is currently online stonysmith
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The Stainless Steel printed by Shapeways has roughly the properties of Cast Iron.
Light use screwdriver? No big problem.
Heavy duty bolt wrench.. not going to work.


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Re: what do I have to expect from a stainless Steel 3D printed Tool? [message #67485 is a reply to message #67483 ] Sun, 05 May 2013 15:15 UTC Go to previous message
avatar GlenG  is currently offline GlenG
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Stony is right. Practically speaking, the material is probably a bit stronger than plain cast iron, closer to ductile iron. The ss print material is a composite of stainless alloy 420 and bronze and this is the major limiting factor in the material properties. In reality a printed part is a matrix of relatively hard ss and soft ductile bronze. So it behaves much differently than pure alloy steel. It will not hold a good cutting edge, so forget about making truly useful knives, chisels, scissors etc. Much will depend on the design of the tool itself.
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