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H13 for your additive machine–you read that correctly. Today Markforged launched the latest material for the Metal X. Here’s what you need to know.
What is H13 Metal?
H13 is a hot-work tool steel, meaning that it exhibits high strength even at elevated temperatures and is traditionally used for tooling and molds in processes like injection molding and die casting. H13 is an all-around high-performing tool steel that, in addition to excellent red hardness and resistance to thermal fatigue, exhibits high toughness and ductility, good abrasion resistance and excellent through-hardenability
Why would anyone use it?
H13 is an excellent choice for 3D printing traditional applications like extrusion dies and injection molds, but it’s a great choice for much more — use it for metal forming tools, dies and punches for coining and forming operations, hardened inserts for fixtures and other applications where you need high temperature resistance or a hard wear surface.
Tell me more...
Our pleasure. H13 tool steel is characterized by:
- Good resistance to abrasion at both low and high temperatures
- High level of toughness and ductility
- Uniform and high level of machinability and polish ability
- Good high-temperature strength and resistance to thermal fatigue
- Excellent through-hardening properties
- Very limited distortion during hardening
- Resistant to premature heat-checking
What do I need to do to use this material in my Metal X Printer?
Metal X printers already in use will simply need to update their firmware to use H13. Moving forward Metal X printers will be able to utilize H13 as well as 17-4.
The Furnace does need an upgrade and all existing customers will receive an upgrade kit for the Sinter-1s in the field. No worries though, it can easily be installed by you and kits will be mailed to anyone that needs one.
Remember, there is a firmware that will need to be downloaded as well. You do it just as you would any other. All customers will get an alert on their screen or if disconnected on premises system – you can download from Eiger.
What are the physical specifications for H13?
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