Desktop Metal Stainless Steel

Desktop Metal recently added 316L stainless steel to their list of printable metals on the Studio System. Characterized by its corrosion resistance and performance at both high and low temperatures, 316L is a fully austenitic stainless steel ideal for harsh environments.

Expert metallurgy is at the core of the Studio System, which was built to simplify even the most challenging aspects of metal fabrication—including easy material changes in under a minute. The introduction of 316L creates new opportunities for designers and engineers to prototype and produce parts for particularly demanding environments such as marine applications, chemical processing, and medical devices.

About the Material

316L is a molybdenum-bearing, fully-austenitic stainless steel. It’s known for its excellent corrosion resistance—for example, it’s resistance to pitting corrosion—and mechanical properties at both high and low temperatures. 316L is a common material used in a wide variety of applications, including:

  • Chemical and petrochemical processing
  • Food processing
  • Laboratory equipment
  • Medical devices
  • Marine
  • Jewelry
  • Power generation
  • Petroleum refining
  • Water treatment
  • Pulp and paper manufacturing