WE ARE THE VIRTUAL FOUNDRY

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Metal Filaments AND
Sintering Equipment

Metal Printing on an Unmodified Desktop 3D Printer

We Make Materials

We manufacture and distribute filaments and pellets for 3D printing that allow users to easily - and affordably - print metal, ceramic, and even glass. These materials are always open architecture - they work in common, off-the-shelf 3D printers. No special hardware required.

We Help Our Customers Use Those Materials

We round out our store with printing and sintering accessories, including sintering furnaces. And we offer consultation packages that get people printing and firing successfully. Metal Printing Success, Guaranteed!

We Continuously Expand Our Material Line

Along with adding new materials to our product list through internal development, we also create new materials to our customers’ specifications.

ZF North America 3D Prints Metal Parts Using Copper Filament

Can you 3D print metal?
Yes, using our open architecture 3D printing solutions you can produce metal parts. This part is printed with our Copper Filament Filamet™. This video was provided to us by ZF North America. The 3D printed copper metal part was designed by their team and printed onsite, it will be used for automotive transmission development.

TVF is currently working with labs inside of companies like ZF North America, NASA and The Department of Defense to bring its patented technology to full potential. 

 
Using lead-free Radiation shielding parts in a MRI machine

LEAD-FREE HIGH DENSITY FILAMENTS

DOES THE VIRTUAL FOUNDRY OFFER THE HIGHEST DENSITY METAL FILAMENTS IN THE MARKET? YES!

CAN Filamet™ SHIELD FROM GAMMA RAYS AND X-RAYS?

Yes, our patented metal filaments will allow you the ability to print protective lead-free metal parts to shield from
x-ray and gamma rays. The Tungsten metal filament Filamet™ has the highest density to provide a range of solutions. 3D print protective parts that are completely safe to use and lead-free.

The Highest Density Metal Filaments for 3D Metal Printing

HOW SOON CAN I START 3D PRINTING METAL PARTS?

Creating parts that will shield and protect from radiation shielding using any 3D printer and our metal filaments is affordable, easy, and safe. No training required and no need to wear protective gear as they are safe to use in an open architecture environment.

WHERE CAN I BUY Filamet™ and Materials to start 3d printing?

Contact one of our sales representatives to place your Tungsten Filamet™ order today!

is there a difference between tungsten Filamet™ and other metal filaments and Materials?

Yes, our materials have the highest density and be printed on any 3D printer including FFF and FDM that were designed to print plastic parts.

3D Metal Printing Information and Recommendations

Wondering what you will need to start metal printing using a desktop 3D printer?
You have found the right place! The Virtual Foundry offers Full cycle solutions that include debinding and sintering equipment.

Is it possible to 3D print pure metal with a 3D Printer?
Yes, using metal filaments to print parts in-house is possible with our patented metal filaments.

What is the biggest strength of working with TVF and metal 3D printing?

At The Virtual Foundry our purpose is to solve and simplify problems through innovative 3D printing materials. Our focus is to build key partnerships with businesses and people who understand that our 3D Metal Printing materials expand the value of their products.

Since metal 3D printing is still a newer solution for a range of industries we partner with all of our customers to help them create metal parts that exceed expectations.

We steadily work to improve and grow our line of metal 3D printing metal filaments, accessories, and high capacity sintering furnaces.

DESKTOP PRINTERS FOR METAL 3D PRINTING

Ultimaker 2+ 3D Printer for Metal Filaments

Ultimaker 2+

An enhanced feeder gives you total control over pressure on the Filament.

Easily switch between 0.25, 0.40, 0.60 and 0.80 mm nozzles for greater detail or faster print speed.

The new fancaps are aimed directly below the nozzle to maximize even airflow for better print quality

Price: $2,500

TAZ 6 3D Printer for Metal PLA Filaments

LulzBot TAZ 6

A large build volume of 2 enables large prints, or many small prints at once.

Self-leveling, self-cleaning, tetherless printing, and an integrated power supply make powerful 3D printing easy

Plug-and-play with different print heads for growing selection of 3D printing filament materials

Price: $2,500

prusa i3 mk3 kit 3d printer for metal filaments

Prusa i3 MK3

Automatic mesh bed leveling. Heatbed with cold corners compensation – for warpless 3D printing from any material.

Hassle free PEI print surface - no glass, no glue, no ABS juice

Price: $750

Official Creality3D Ender 3 DIY 3D Printer Kit

Creality Ender3 Desktop 3D Printer

High-quality power supply, with 2 separate fuses to protect your printer from unexpected power surges, that can heat the build surface to 90*C in just 5 minutes!

Price Range: $209 - $220

ender 3 direct drive upgrade kit for metal 3d printing

Ender 3 Direct Drive Upgrade Kit

Creality Ender 3 Direct Drive upgrade kit: the DD E3 by Basaraba Innovations that is compatible with all Ender 3 and Ender 3 Pro 3D printers.

Everything needed to upgrade your machine to a direct drive with no machine modification required.

Price Range: $35

**The 3D Printer resources and links listed are only suggested as sources for further exploration. They do not necessarily imply endorsement by the Virtual Foundry, LLC.**


 

3D METAL PRINTING FILAMENTS

Aluminum Metal Filament for 3D metal printing on the desktop

Aluminum Filament

Bronze Filament for metal 3d printing on the desktop

Bronze Filament

Copper Filament for 3D Metal Printing on the Desktop

Copper Filament

Stainless Steel 316L Filament for metal 3d printing

Stainless Steel 316L Filament

High Carbon Iron Metal Filament Spool for 3D Metal Printing on the Desktop

High Carbon Iron Filament

 
Sintering High Capacity Furnaces

Sintering Furnaces

Will a sintering furnace or kiln improve my 3D printed parts?

High Capacity Sintering Kilns and Furnaces provide faster processing and create consistency with 3D printed metal parts. Since we understand the value that sintering furnaces provide, we don’t limit the 3D printing process to only printing metal objects. We also sell sintering furnaces in a range of sizes. These affordable sintering furnace kiln packages are less than $30,000. Create 100% pure metal parts using our kilns and patented metal filaments.

Metal 3D Printing on a desktop printer, FFF or FDM, to print pure metal parts

Filamet™

What is different about our filaments to print metal parts?

Filamet™ has the highest metal content of any metal filament on the market today. 3D print metal, debind, and sinter prints in one of our sintering furnaces to create 100% pure metal parts.

Our metal filaments are a trademarked material called Filamet™.

Can these metal filaments be printed using a FFF or FDM printer?

Yes, our materials can be used on any Unmodified Desktop 3D Printer safely and at a much lower cost than other 3D printing solutions.

 
FilaWarmer for metal filament, plastic filament, and PLA

FilaWarmer

Are you having problems printing with metal filaments?

One of the most important parts of the 3D Printing process occurs on the path from the spool to the printer.

We have created a solution to improve the metal 3D printing process. The one and only solution for this is our FilaWarmer.

Can the FilaWarmer be used with PLA or other materials?

We primarily recommend the FilaWarmer to be used with our 3D metal printing materials. But, since it dries and tempers the plastic binder it can be used with a range of materials to increase flexibility, and tensile strength, and eliminate filament breakage.

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3D Metal Printing

Use our Metal Filaments in Fused Filament Fabrication Printers and Create Pure Metal Parts

Our materials change the way work is done throughout a range of industries and educational institutions.

What is The Virtual Foundry (TVF)?

We created this company to expand the use of 3D Printers that were designed to print plastic parts. Our Patented metal filaments provide additive manufacturing applications, while lowering costs. Not only do they create new applications and processes, they can also be used in virtually any 3D printer. 3D print parts using our metal filaments to create pure metal 3D prints with common, off-the-shelf FDM unmodified printers. We create and sell materials for metal 3D printing including metal filaments, custom metal filaments, special order filaments, and sintering furnaces. Our solutions for 3D printing metal are safe and cost effective.

What metal alloys can be purchased and are available as metal filaments?

We currently have over 30 special request custom metal filament solutions. Our online store sells 5 metal filaments including aluminum filament, bronze filament, carbon iron filament, copper filament, and stainless steel 316L filament. We also sell metal pellet options, 3D printer nozzles, 4 sintering refractory ballast solutions, and high capacity sintering furnaces.

What is the benefit to your 3D metal printing filaments and materials?

Advantages of 3D printing with metal filaments allow for fabrication of shapes and 3D printing with more than one metal at a time. It isn’t possible to cast two metals at the same time [in a foundry].

Other benefits of 3D metal printing include a safer solution than SLS as no chemicals are used in the FFF printing process and lower cost.

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Custom Metal Filaments

We offer a wide range of special order metal filaments including: cobalt, iron, nickel, and titanium.

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New Metal Filament

Aluminum Filament contains around 65% metal. Once fired in a kiln, the result is 100% metal.

OUR METAL FILAMENTS OFFER APPLICATIONS AND SOLUTIONS FOR A WIDE RANGE OF INDUSTRIES.

Organizations that use our materials include NASA, ZF North America, Mitsubishi, Colleges and Universities throughout the world including The University of Wisconsin. Industries that use our 3D printing solutions include: 3D Printer Manufacturers

Biomedical Innovators • Jet Engine Technology • Radiation Shielding • Space Exploration • Nuclear Power
Special Effects • Educators • Fashion Design • Dental • Artists • Oil Refineries • Automotive/Motors