Metal Printing with an Unmodified Desktop 3D Printer


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. 


We are A Metal Filament Manufacturer of 3D Printing Materials

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.

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

Patented metal filaments that expand additive manufacturing applications, while lowering costs. 3D print parts using our metal filaments to create pure metal 3D prints with common, off-the-shelf FDM unmodified printers.

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.

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

3D printing with metal filaments makes it relatively simple to fabricate shapes and another advantage 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].


Custom Metal Filaments

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


New Metal Filament

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

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Full cycle solutions that including debinding and sintering equipment letting anyone 3D Print pure metal parts in-house for prototyping and short-run manufacturing. 


Sintering Furnaces for 3D Printing

Sintering Furnaces

This high capacity sintering furnace is suitable for all materials created by The Virtual Foundry.

The furnace is delivered as a package and includes:

• Pre-programmed controller
• Vacuum pump
• 1kg Al2O3 refractory ballast
• 0.5kg Powdered Graphite refractory ballast
• Crucible
• Manual
• Gloves and Tongs

Prices do not include shipping from The Virtual Foundry to the customer location.

For complete firing instructions, see the Use Instructions page in the section titled, Sintering in a Vacuum or Inert Environment.

All units have a maximum temperature of 1400°C (2552°F).


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 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


Aluminum Metal Filament for 3D metal printing on the desktop

Aluminum Filament

Aluminum Filamet™ contains around 65% metal. Filamet™ enables any Fused Filament Fabrication printer to produce metal objects. Once fired in a kiln, the result is 100% metal.

Bronze Filament for metal 3d printing on the desktop

Bronze Filament

Bronze Filamet™ contains around 87% metal. Filamet™ enables any Fused Filament Fabrication printer to produce metal objects. Once fired in a kiln, the result is 100% metal.

Copper Filament for 3D Metal Printing on the Desktop

Copper Filament

Copper Filamet™ contains around 90% metal. Filamet™ enables any Fused Filament Fabrication printer to produce metal objects. Once fired in a kiln, the result is 100% metal.

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

High Carbon Iron Filament

High Carbon Iron Filamet™ contains around 80% metal. Filamet™ enables any Fused Filament Fabrication printer to produce metal objects. Once fired in a sintering furnace, the result is 100% metal. This metal filament is highly ferromagnetic both before and after sintering.

Stainless Steel 316L Filament for metal 3d printing

Stainless Steel 316L Filament

Stainless Steel 316L Filamet™ contains at least 80% metal. Filamet™ enables any Fused Filament Fabrication printer to produce metal objects. Once fired in a kiln, the result is 100% metal.

**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.**

Metal 3D Printing on a desktop printer


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™.

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

FilaWarmer for filament and PLA


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.

The FilaWarmer dries and tempers the plastic binder, increasing flexibility, and tensile strength, which eliminates filament breakage.

ultimaker 2+ 3d printer for 3d metal printing with metal filaments

Complete Systems

Sintering Furnaces, 3D Printers, 3D Printing Materials. Full cycle solutions at a lower cost than most Metal 3D Printing systems and solutions on the market today. We manufacture the metal filaments and offer solutions for a complete 3D Printing Lab.

Sintering High Capacity Furnaces

Sintering Furnaces

High Capacity Sintering Kilns and Furnaces for faster processing. Create consistency with your 3D printing process. We don’t limit the 3D printing process to only printing metal objects, we also sell sintering furnaces. Create 100% pure metal parts using our kilns.