Materials company Uniformity Labs has launched an ultra-low porosity stainless steel powder for laser powder bed fusion 3D printing.

According to the company, printing UniFuse 316L can result in improved tensile strength, elongation and density compared to industry standard lower layer thickness parameter sets, at around three times the speed. This is when it is printed with layers of 90 um thickness, and additional process stages such as heat treatment, coating processes, could affect UniFuse 316L’s mechanical and physical properties, Uniformity said.

316L stainless steel can reportedly be used to make parts for marine, pharmaceutical, or petrochemical processing, food preparation equipment, medical devices, surgical tooling, and consumer products such as jewelry.