Nanosteel introduces 3D printable tool steel

Nanosteel introduces 3D printable tool steel

18 July 2017

Nanostructured steel materials company NanoSteel recently

launched

its first product for the laser powder bed fusion additive manufacturing process. BLDRmetal L-40 is a case-hardening steel powder that provides high hardness and ductility (case hardness >70HRC, 10%+ core elongation) and prints easily on standard commercial equipment.

This alloy provides superior performance to M300 maraging steel and is an alternative to difficult-to-print tool steels such as H13. Expanding the potential use of 3D printing in a wide variety of hard materials markets, BLDRmetal L-40 is designed to be used for parts including tools, dies, bearings and gears.

Nanosteel has demonstrated the capabilities of BLDRmetal L-40 by printing an 8-inch roll thread die set, which outperformed dies machined from D2 and M2 tool steels.

NanoSteel developed this high-hardness alloy through rapid iterative development at CFK GmbH, an industry-leading 3D printing service provider, whose expertise was instrumental in developing the die from concept to finished part.

For us, the most important attributes of NanoSteel’s BLDRmetal™ L-40 are that it is easily implemented and creates crack-free high hardness components, which sets it apart from the many other tool steels we have tested.

—Dr-Ing. Christoph Over, CEO at CFK

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