1. Ultrafuse® 17-4 PH General Information


Ultrafuse® 17-4 PH is a material that enables the production of metal components in 17-4 stainless steel. The 17-4 PH grade is one of the most used stainless steels in various industries, including machinery parts, spare parts, tools and jigs and fixtures. It has good corrosion resistance (although lower than 316L) and is therefore a great general-purpose stainless steel. Compared to 316L it has higher mechanical properties (tensile strength and yield strength) and higher hardness. The hardness can be enhanced after thermal treatment. 

Note: Since the material is abrasive, A CC 0.4 or 0.6 core should be used in combination with this material.

Metal process

3D printing of Ultrafuse® 17-4 PH on an Ultimaker printer results in the formation on a so-called Green part. After debinding and sintering the final metal part can be obtained. The full process and more information is also available on the Ultimaker Academy


Printing strategies

Ultrafuse® 17-4 PH prints with specialized print profiles to create accurate and high quality parts. It greatly combines with the Ultrafuse® Support Layer for part stability, smooth surfaces and good support removal. These features are embedded in the latest Ultimaker Cura (Cura 5.1 and up). It is recommend to take a look at the design guidelines for metal parts. The printing profiles at the Ultimaker Marketplace contain all the defaults to start metal 3D printing.

Metal Expansion Kit

The combination of Ultrafuse® 17-4 PH with the Metal Expansion Kit and accompanying software allows the creation of reproducible and high quality metal parts.

Additional information

Particle and chemical emissions of the filament-machine combination were tested according to UL 2904. Based on this, we have established user guidelines to provide adequate ventilation and/or connect the printer to an external exhaust.

More information can be found on the BASF website: https://forward-am.com/material-portfolio/ultrafuse-filaments-for-fused-filaments-fabrication-fff/metal-filaments/ultrafuse-17-4-ph/


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