As the interest in 3D metal printing using the binder jetting technology keeps rising, Digital Metal continues to introduce innovative materials that expand its already impressive offering. The latest addition to the company’s portfolio is DM D2™, a tool steel alloy that provides an effective combination of abrasive wear resistance and toughness. DM D2 is suitable for a wide range of applications, but most commonly for cutting and deformation tools.
When tool makers specify a steel for their equipment, they often choose D2 as it is hard enough to suit the task of stamping and forming other metals without losing its shape. Digital Metal’s new DM D2 is a versatile high-carbon, high-chromium D2 tool steel alloy that can be heat treated to high hardness and compressive strength. It offers high wear resistance and is suitable in cold work applications that require sharp edges and abrasion resistance.
“We have been receiving more and more requests for a D2 tool steel suitable for use with our printers. We have designed the DM D2 to deliver excellent surface finish, flexibility, as well as strength and hardness”, says Christian Lönne, CEO at Digital Metal. “This alloy is very stable during heat treatments, which allows for tailoring of the final material properties through various heat treatments after sintering.”
About Digital Metal
Digital Metal is the world’s first company to commercialize state-of-the-art 3D metal printers for the production of small components with advanced geometries. Digital Metal’s proprietary binder jetting technology enables the production of complex objects with superior surface finish, which is not possible with competing technologies.
The company also offers printing services of metal components. Among the customers are many of the world’s leading technology companies such as Honeywell, MTC (The Manufacturing Technology Centre, UK), Koenigsegg, Bosch, Montfort Watches, CETIM (the French Technology Center for Mechanical Industries) and Volvo to mention a few. Close to 1,000,000 components have been produced, and more than 30 different geometries are in serial production at the production plant in Sweden.