Materialise dips toe in metal 3D printing

Materialise CEO Fried Vancraen announced AlSi10Mg as the first metal option to join a range of more than twenty 3D printing polymers currently available.

‘We believe that offering aluminum alongside a wide range of polymers allows us to be of better service to our customers,’ said Jurgen Laudus, director additive manufacturing solutions at Materialise. ‘Aluminum is a perfect addition to the plastic materials we already offer and it opens doors for new applications.’

AlSi10Mg is an alloy that combines good strength and thermal properties with low weight and flexible post-processing possibilities. It is often used material in automotive, aerospace and automation. Applications include housings, ductwork, engine parts, production tools and molds, both for prototyping and manufacturing purposes.