What is Metal Binder Jetting? 

Binder jetting is an additive manufacturing powder metallurgy process in which a liquid binding agent (or “binder”) is selectively deposited onto a powder bed to bond powder particles together and form a solid part one layer at a time. Commonly used materials in binder jetting include metals, sands, and ceramics. This technology enables us to create intricate and precise parts that would be difficult or impossible to produce through traditional manufacturing methods.



The Benefits of Metal Binder Jetting

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Utilizing advanced printheads metal binder jetting 3D printers can produce parts as much as 100 times faster than laser powder bed fusion systems.

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Low Cost Per Part

Metal binder jetting when printing in higher volumes can often deliver a per part cost similar or better than traditional manufacturing processes like casting and forging

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Capable of producing as many as 670 million drops of binder each second, metal binder jetting makes it possible to print parts with incredibly fine details

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Broad Material Compatability

Metal binder jetting draws from the establish metal injection moulding (MIM) material supply chain, offering a range of compatible alloys

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Isotropic Material Properties

Parts produced with metal binder jetting have isotropic material properties and strength similar to casting

High-Throughput and Production Volumes

Metal binder-jetting is generally seen as the highest throughput metal additive manufacturing process due to it's speed and wide area build process

The Best Tools for the Job

Learn more about metal binder jetting services at Proto3000 and the Desktop Metal Shop System


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Material: 17-4 PH Stainless Steel

17-4 PH stainless steel is a precipitation hardening steel used in a wide range of industrial applications including those with mildly corrosive environments and high-strength requirements.

  • Hardness 
    • Sintered: 26.4±1 MPa
    • Heat-treated: 40.5±2 MPa
  • Ultimate Tensile Strength: 
    • Sintered: 912±35 MPa
    • Heat-treated: 1205±35 MPa
  • Elongation at Break (%):
    • Sintered: 5.9±2
    • Heat-treated: 11.9±2
  • Young’s Modulus (GPa)
    • Sintered: 178±30
    • Heat-treated: 185±20
  • Manufacturing machinery
  • Chemical processing
  • Food processing
  • Pump components
  • Valving
  • Fasteners
  • Jigs and fixtures

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Desktop Metal | 316L Stainless Steel | Shop System

Material: 316L Stainless Steel

316L stainless steel is a fully austenitic, non-magnetic steel ideal for harsh environments and characterized by its corrosion resistance, performance at both high and low temperatures, and high ductility.

  • Ultimate tensile strength – xy (MPa):
    • Sintered: 505 ± 16
  • Elongation – xy (%): 76±12
  • Young’s modulus – xy (GPa): 195±4
  • Hardness (HRB): 58±2
  • Boil test (corrosion) ASTM F1089: Passed
  • Copper sulfate test (corrosion) ASTM F1089: Passed
  • Sulfuric acid test, MPIF 62 (corrosion): <0.005 g/dm²/day
  • Fluid transfer (e.g. manifolds)
  • Chemical and petrochemical processing
  • Food processing
  • Laboratory equipment
  • Medical devices
  • Marine
  • Jewelry
  • Power generation
  • Petroleum refining
  • Water treatment
  • Pulp and paper manufacturing

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Binder Jetting is Fast

When compared to traditional laser-based metal additive manufacturing processes, metal binder jetting has significant speed benefits. Material deposition happens at every pass with a wide-area approach allowing for each layer of a build volume to be built. 

Flexible Manufacturing

Metal binder jetting enables flexible manufacturing options – produce different parts with different geometries or a single part in low-mid volume on-demand. 

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Metal Binder Jetting Services Technical Specs

Maximum Throughput
Maximum Throughput
800cc / hr
Layer Thickness
Layer Thickness
50 µm - 100 µm
Native Printhead Resolution
Native Printhead Resolution
1,600 dpi (1 pL native drop size)
Dimensional Tolerance of Parts
Dimensional Tolerance of Parts
± 2.0%
Max Build Volume
Max Build Volume
350 x 222 x 200 mm (13.8 x 8.7 x 7.9 in)