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3D Printing with Metal

Take your 3D-printed gizmos to the next level with harder, sleeker, and stronger material.

Did you know 3D printing is so much more than just plastic?

While you can make some awesome toys and art projects using brightly colored plastics, 3D printing is so much more than just that. You can use it to 3D print everything from metal parts for rocket engines to jewelry!

However, metal printing is a bit harder than plastic printing. Its much more dangerous to 3D print a metal creation in your home than a plastic one. Metals are very hard and require much more heat to form them into the shape you want.

Therefore, to 3D print with metal, engineers developed different methods than those used for plastic printing. The primary difference is the metal usually starts as a powder. Then, heat is applied to the powder, melting it into a solid piece. This heat can be applied with very hot ovens called kilns or even with a laser! Other precious metals like gold and silver are poured into a mold that was 3D printed from wax, rather than printing with the metal directly.

Did you know you can get your creations easily made out of metal? Although you won’t be able to do it on your own in a library or in your house, there are people out there who will print your creations in metal for you.

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