17-4 PH Stainless Steel (DM Studio System)

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17-4 PH Stainless Steel

A Desktop Metal® qualified material for the Studio System™

17-4 PH stainless steel is a precipitation hardening steel used in many industrial applications including those with mildly corrosive environments and high-strength requirements. It is the ideal material for the traditional operating environments of a manufacturing floor.

Heat-treatable alloy. Wide range of applications.

17-4 PH stainless steel has in its composition more chromium. In other words, it is a martensitic precipitation-hardened stainless steel with excellent mechanical properties, a long lifetime, high hardness, and mild corrosion resistance. You can treat it to various degrees of hardness and toughness levels, and customize post-sintering properties in order to suit a wide range of applications such as manufacturing machinery, chemical or food processing, pump components, valving or jigs and fixtures.


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Chemical Processing

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Food Processing

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Pump Components

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Valving, Fasteners

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Jigs and Fixtures


Master Drilling Sun Gear

Material: 17-4 PH Stainless Steel

This 3D printed part is a sun gear used in a planetary gearbox for an earth-drilling machine.

Full Description

Master Drilling chose 3D printing after exploring a number of alternative manufacturing methods to produce the parts they needed in order to keep crucial machinery up and running. The switch to 3D printing cut their lead time for replacement parts from about three months for off-shore castings, to just three weeks with 3D printing on-site, thereby reducing downtime for the earth drilling equipment.

  • Size (mm): 118 x 118 x 118
  • Cost to print: $658.00
  • Cost to machine: $916.00
  • Cost reduction: 28.17%
  • Bound Metal Deposition™

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UMC End Effectors

Material: 17-4 PH Stainless Steel

These grippers are used to fixture and move aerospace forgings on a manufacturing line.

Full Description

The complex geometry of end effectors requires extensive CNC machining, resulting in long lead times that occupy valuable CNC capacity. Metal 3D printing offers the possibility for on-demand manufacturing of custom end-effectors while lowering part cost and lead time.

  • Size (mm): 55 x 32 x 16
  • Cost to print: $23.00
  • Cost to machine: $194.00
  • Cost reduction: 88.14%
  • Bound Metal Deposition™

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BattleBots Bot Support

Material: 17-4 PH Stainless Steel

The bot support is a structural member for use in the bot’s robotic arm.

Full Description

This support is designed to carry a heavy load and withstand punishment. Engineers working on a bot used on a Discovery Channel program BattleBots had less than a month to produce a custom structural element on a robotic arm. Using the Studio System™, they were able to print a bracket capable of resisting bending and lateral motion while providing the stiffness, strength, weldability and fire resistance required.

  • Size (mm): 130 x 117 x 64
  • Cost to print: $106.00
  • Cost to machine: $551.90
  • Cost reduction: 81.00%
  • Bound Metal Deposition™


APG Thread Checker Fixture

17-4 PH Stainless Steel (Studio System)

This fixture pushes a thread checker into a part on a manufacturing line. It stands for repeated use and must be easily produced to keep the manufacturing line up.

Full Description

The fixture must be regularly replaced as it wears out. Printing the part with the Studio System eliminates CNC lead time and frees up the machine shop for more critical work.

  • Size (mm): 47 x 28 x 15
  • Cost to print: $14.00
  • Bound Metal Deposition™

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Lathe Gear

Industrial Equipment 17-4 PH Stainless Steel

This part is a replacement gear for a vintage lathe. Metal 3D printing allows for the fabrication of legacy parts at a much lower cost.

Full Description

In some cases, replacement parts are no longer available, either off the shelf or from the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer). Fabricating custom gears via hobbing and broaching is often expensive. With metal 3D printing, the manufacturing of such parts is possible at lower costs and reduced lead times.

  • Size (mm): 82 x 82 x 27
  • Cost to print ($): 58.00
  • Cost to machine ($): 260.67
  • Savings vs. machining: 77.70%

Bound Metal Deposition™

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Golf Putter

Material: 17-4 PH Stainless Steel (Studio System)

This designed and customized golf putter is possible to be manufactured with 3D printing, no tooling is required.

Full Description

Golf clubs, especially putters, are typically cast or machined. With the Studio System, manufacturers can achieve excellent material properties without tooling or expensive CNC machining.

  • Size: 135 x 92 x 38 mm
  • Cost to print: $128
  • Cost to machine: $2203
  • Cost reduction: 94%
  • Bound Metal Deposition

Material Properties


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616 MPa


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1092 MPa


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Performance Scale

Corrosion Resistance

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Technical Specifications

Mechanical Properties (as sintered)
Mechanical Properties (as sintered)
  • Yield Strength: 616 MPa
  • Ultimate Tensile Strength: 1092 MPa
  • Elongation at Break: 6.3%
  • Hardness (HRC): 30
  • Density (g/cc): 7.66
Mechanical Properties (as H900 heat treated)
Mechanical Properties (as H900 heat treated)
  • Yield Strength: 1020 MPa
  • Ultimate Tensile Strength: 1253 MPa
  • Elongation at Break: 16.4%
  • Hardness (HRC): 42
  • Density (g/cc): 7.6

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