After printing, 17-4PH parts are heat treated according to Condition H900 to increase hardness. 17-4PH is a chromium-nickel-copper precipitation hardening stainless steel used for applications requiring high strength and a moderate level of corrosion resistance. Compared with other stainless steel alloys, it is also preferred for its weldability. Its properties are commonly desired for a wide range of applications in a variety of industries including aerospace, automotive, defense, and medical equipment.
Manufacturers who supply components using 17-4PH can now benefit from the advantages of additive manufacturing using ExOne’s binder jetting technology. Binder jetting creates complex parts using freedom of design that cannot be produced using traditional manufacturing methods. The availability of 17-4PH complements the PSC’s other currently printable stainless steel alloys, which includes 420 stainless steel infiltrated with bronze, 316 stainless steel infiltrated with bronze, and 316 stainless steel highly sintered.
“We could not be more excited with the addition of 17-4PH to our suite of materials offerings. Given its unique characteristics, the availability of 17-4PH broadens our addressable market and potential customer base,” Tim Pierce, VP of Metal Commercial Products at ExOne, explains. “The applications are plentiful and we are ready to service our customers’ needs, from prototypes to serial production.”
ExOne will feature 17-4PH parts at the upcoming TCT Show being held at the NEC in Birmingham, UK from September 26-28. The TCT Show is expected to attract approximately 10,000 attendees including manufacturers, designers, business leaders, early adopters, innovators and investors from over 60 countries.