Proto Labs Inc has added two nickel steel materials and a chrome-moly material  to its metal injection molding (MIM) capabilities.
Proto Labs Inc has added two nickel steel materials and a chrome-moly material to its metal injection molding (MIM) capabilities.

‘We’ve had tremendous customer demand for stainless steel with MIM last year, and expect the same response to our new low-alloy metals,’ said Becky Cater, Proto Labs’ product manager for MIM. ‘We offer many different hard and soft metals through our 3D printing and CNC machining services at Proto Labs, but nickel steel is only produced through metal injection molding. This material boost will inherently let our customers do more things in the realm of low-volume metal manufacturing.’

Wear resistance

Low-alloy steel creates strong, wear-resistant metal parts when heat-treated and is able to be to be coated in post-processing for further protection. The material is used heavily in the firearms industry for various gun and archery components as well as by automotive engineers for engine and transmission components, and the industrial goods sector during the development of hand and power tools, and door and window lock hardware.