Massive Parts

Massive function block for the sanitary industry made of Stainless Steel 316L

Weight: 1.0 kg (2.2 lbs)
Dimensions: 11 x 9 x 6 cm
Maximum wall thickness: 8mm
Features: Optimised internal channels for cold/hot water connections, near net shape printing without supports
Design: Hansgrohe SE

Massive manifold for outdoor shower made of Stainless Steel 316L

Weight: 2.0 kg (3.5 lbs)
Dimensions: 23 x 11 x 7 cm
Maximum wall thickness: 10mm
Features: Internal channels for cold/hot water connections, part is polished as optical feature
Design: Hansgrohe SE

Metal Binder Jetting vs. ColdMetalFusion

Material Characteristics CMF MBJ
Material form Metal powder integrated in binder matrix Pure metal powder + jetted binder
Safety requirements Low - particles in binder High - pure particles
Grain structure Isotropic Isotropic
Part properties like MIM like MIM
Material availability Full spectrum of Powder Metallurgy Full spectrum of Powder Metallurgy
Technology    
3D Printers & process SLS polymer printing Ink-jetting of binder
Support structures no building plate, no support structure no building plate, no support structure
Treatment after printing solvent debinding + sintering curing of powder bed + sintering
Layer thickness Usually 100µm Usually 30µm
Green part strength High - post processing possible Low
Sinter shrinkage Uniform shrinkage 13%-15% XY-direction 17%-19%,

Z-direction 22%-26%
Costs & field of use    
Binder costs Binder included in

feedstock material
Binder in addition to

metal powder
CAPEX Low CAPEX - use of SLS printers

wide range of sinter furnaces
High CAPEX
Volume 1,000´s to 1,000,000 parts 100´s to 100,000´s parts
Part spectrum Broad size and

weight spectrum
Part size limitation due

to high z-direction shrinkage