3D printing company Desktop Metal has launched H13 tool steel powder for its Studio System prototyping and low volume production printer.

According to the company, the material has stability in heat treatment, improved hot hardness, and abrasion resistance. It is reportedly suitable for hot and cold work tooling applications.

‘Expanding the Studio System materials portfolio to include H13 tool steel enables designers and engineers to print mold inserts, extrusion dies, forging dies, and sheet metal tooling, including stamping, embossing, bending, and countersinking,’ said Ric Fulop, CEO and co-founder of Desktop Metal. ‘This is a key competitive advantage to enable rapid iteration and refinement of tools requiring H13, and the reduction of manufacturing lead times. Teams will also be able to achieve complex geometries that have not been possible with traditional manufacturing methods like machining.’

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