Two Metallic Announcements

By on March 3rd, 2010 in Hardware


In recent days two announcements regarding 3D metal printing have emerged: Shapeways announced a new material and Materialise released new software optimized for metal additive manufacturing.

Firsrt, Materialise released the “Magics Metal SG” software package that should make life a little bit easier for 3D designers:

Magics Metal SG provides metal AM professionals with a comprehensive build support generation toolbox. This enables build supports to be fully customized and optimized for almost any part geometry. Magics Metal SG contains two new styles of robust build support structures and a range of build support editing tools, all developed specifically for metal AM.

The Shapeways material is “Alumide”, which is not totally metal, but it provides a means to produce a metallicish surface:


Alumide is White, Strong & Flexible with Aluminum dust mixed in. It is made with the Selective Laser Sintering process. The material has a higher heat resistance than regular plastics. Its melting temperature is above 172 Celsius.. The surface is smoother than White, Strong & Flexible and is a matte grey with speckles of shiny aluminum dust thrown in.

This new material should enable designers to produce metal-like objects at far lower cost than using full metal. Just don’t put the object in your dishwasher!

Via Shapeways and Materialise

By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!

1 comment

  1. Strong White Flexible? What kind of name is that? The growing trend of service bureaus advertising their own exclusive proprietary materials is absurd. The vagueness of a material should be a key indicator that you may not always be getting the same material. A strong white and flexible part, sure, but how flexible and how strong? On what machine with what settings? A 3d Systems or EOS machine? There are several SLS materials available as well. Good thing computers are not sold the same way. Could you imagine… Thin, White, Fast.

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