Metal

Metal

3D printing in solid metal requires very costly equipment, typically between $200,000 to $850,000 just for the machine. In addition, you’d require special materials to print with and a very expensive furnace to “finalize” prints.

One alternative is to use 3D printer metal filament, which is basically normal filament with some amount of metal added. That means it can be used with a regular desktop FDM printer. Metal filaments come in a variety of materials ranging from copper and bronze to iron and stainless steel.

Resulting prints feel more solid, with a heft you would expect from a solid metal object. And the look is very similar to cast metal when printed. It can also be polished or even caused to “rust”, in the case of iron-filled filament. Post-processing is possible to give a variety of effects.

Note: If you want a filament with actual metal in it, be sure to look for the word “composite” or something stating that it has “metal fill”. Often manufacturers will list a percentage of metal fill, which is also a clear indicator. If it isn’t listed as composite or having metal fill, it probably doesn’t have actual metal in the filament, even if the name does.

Stainless Steel PLA 3mm Filament 500g Reel (Proto-Pasta) - Project 3D Printers
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Stainless Steel PLA 3mm Filament 500g Reel (Proto-Pasta)

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Stainless Steel PLA by Proto-Pasta 3mm , 500g Reel Suited for Intermediate Users Stainless Steel PLA filament by Proto-pasta brings metal 3D p...

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Magnetic Iron PLA 3mm Filament 500g Reel (Proto-Pasta) - Project 3D Printers
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Magnetic Iron PLA 3mm Filament 500g Reel (Proto-Pasta)

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Magnetic Iron PLA by Proto-pasta 3 mm , 500g Reel Suited for Intermediate Users This iron-bearing premium 3D printing filament is attractive t...

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Conductive PLA 3mm Filament 500g Reel (Proto-Pasta) - Project 3D Printers
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Conductive PLA 3mm Filament 500g Reel (Proto-Pasta)

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Conductive PLA by Proto-Pasta 3 mm, 500g Reel Suited for Intermediate Users Unleash your inner electrical engineer with this exciting new prem...

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CopperFill PLA Filament .75kg Reel (colorFabb) - Project 3D Printers
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CopperFill PLA Filament .75kg Reel (colorFabb)

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CopperFill by colorFabb 3 mm, 750g Reel Suited for Intermediate Users CopperFill combines finely ground copper powder with premium colorFabb PL...

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BuMat Elite 1.75mm Metal-Filled Filament (1kg) - Project 3D Printers
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BuMat Elite 1.75mm Metal-Filled Filament (1kg)

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BuMat Elite 1.75mm Metal-Filled Filament (1kg) Aluminum, Bronze, and Copper BuMat Elite Overview Print your 3D model with BuMat Elite 1.75mm...

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FlashForge Metal Filled Filament (For Creator and Guider II Series) 1.75mm - Project 3D Printers
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FlashForge Metal Filled Filament (For Creator and Guider II Series) 1.75mm

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FLASHFORGE METAL FILLED FILAMENT FOR CREATOR AND GUIDER II SERIES Filament Diameter: 1.75 mm Filament Weight: 2.2 lbs (1 kg) Printing Temperatu...

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FlashForge Metal Filled Filament (For Dreamer, Inventor Series, and Adventurer 3) - Project 3D Printers
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FlashForge Metal Filled Filament (For Dreamer, Inventor Series, and Adventurer 3)

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FLASHFORGE METAL FILLED FILAMENT FOR DREAMER, INVENTOR SERIES, AND ADVENTURER 3 Filament Diameter: 1.75 mm Filament Weight: 2.2 lbs (1 kg) Pr...

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