Additive Manufacturing Metal Alloys

Goals

To determine the cost, characteristics, best resolution, and the top vendors for each type of metal/metal alloy used in additive manufacturing.

Early Findings

  • Some of the most common metals and metal alloys used in additive manufacturing include stainless steel, tool steels, titanium and titanium alloys, aluminum and aluminum alloys, cobalt chrome, inconel 625, and inconel 718.
  • There are different types of tool steel, classified in different series. Additive Manufacturing mainly uses tool steel series A, D, and H.
  • The most used titanium alloy is the Ti-6Al-4V or simply Ti64.
  • The two most used aluminum alloys are the zinc-based 7075 and the silicon-based 6061 aluminum alloy.
  • Precious metals can also be used when in powder form. The most common ones include gold, silver, platinum and palladium. They are most commonly used in the jewelry industry.
  • All the information has been added to the spreadsheet.

Proposed next steps:

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As our initial research focused on finding the most commonly used metals in additive manufacturing, we propose starting by providing the characteristics, price, best resolution, and the top vendors for Stainless Steel, Titanium, Ti64 (1 request), Tool Steel Series A, Tool Steel Series D, Tool Steel Series H (1 request), Aluminum, Aluminum 6061, Aluminum 7074 (1 request), Cobalt Chrome, and Chromium Carbide (1 request
We could also look at the the characteristics, price, best resolution, and the top vendors for Gold, Silver (1 request), Platinum, Palladium (1 request), Inconel 625, and Inconel 718 (1 request).