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3D PRINTING METAL ON AN FDM SYSTEM

The materials and supporting technology developed by The Virtual Foundry allow rapid real-world metal prototypes and easily scalable short-run manufacturing systems. 


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3D Printing Industry News

July 11, 2018 - 3D Printing Industry: The newest addition to the materials lineup is an iron infused filament that has the strongest ferromagnetic properties of any 3D printing material previously available. The high metal content Iron is fully sinterable for pure metal applications, but also finds applications directly off the print bed.


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3D Printing Industry News

June 13, 2018 - 3D Printing Industry: Another key advantage of Filamet™ is safety, the metal powders are bound in a food-safe thermoplastic polymer, making it far safer and much less expensive than existing laser-based metal 3D printing solutions. Metal powders are encapsulated within a binder during handling and printing.


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3D Printing Industry News

May 9, 2018 - 3D Printing Industry: The Virtual Foundry’s metal 3D printing systems provide a complete workflow solution from CAD to metal part. This means industry and educators can 3D print metal for as little as $10,000.


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3D Printing Industry News

March 27, 2018 - 3D Printing Industry: The Virtual Foundry set out to make metal 3D printing realistic for everyone with an FDM printer. The dream comes true with Filamet™, their line of sinterable FDM metal filaments.


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Hackaday

March 26, 2018 - Brian Benchoff of Hackaday: "Cutting edge of 3D printing revealed at last weekend’s midwest reprap festival. It’s good, it’s heavy, but here’s some filament with a metal content of 80%. Yes, there is a difference, and this filament is worth the price."


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Stoughton Courier Hub

March 3, 2018 - Stoughton Courier Hub: Stoughton's The Virtual Foundry offers novel 3D printing approach
By Scott De Laruelle


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The Norse Star

February 28, 2018 - The Norse Star: Founded in Stoughton
By Ian Bormett


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Madison Magazine

October 31, 2017 - Madison Magazine: Stoughton startup uses 3D technology to create ‘pure metal output'
The founder able to create metal structures
Brennan Nardi


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Filamet™ in the Field...

January 31, 2017: Can 3D printed metal impact the plastic injection molding industry? The Virtual Foundry and Ledwell Plastics are working together to find out.

Benn Simms of Ledwell Plastics writes, "After finding an article on The Virtual Foundry's Filamet™ I immediately saw the potential for this exciting product and wanted to be involved. After contacting Tricia and Brad I'm very excited to have the opportunity to work with them and explore the possibilities for this product in the injection moulding industry....Injection mould tooling is a very expensive and time consuming process. This has the potential to massively de skill it for minimum outlay and hugely improve production times."

Simms is currently printing with Copper Filamet™ and learning the sintering process. He'll move on to Stainless Steel 316L Filamet™ next and begin making shapes to fit into the molding process.

Tooling is just one option, though. Simms also has Filamet™ pegged for printing spark erosion electrodes. Simply print any size or shape electrode needed. No expensive equipment is necessary since Filamet™ works on any FDM 3D printer.

But wait, there's more! What if Filamet™ pellets could be used in standard plastic injection molding machines to create metal objects? Stay tuned


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Chris Kohlhepp

Chris Kohlhepp writes about his experience with printing and sintering with Filamet™.
"...the combined cost for all devices in the pipeline is south of $3000. This means well over 30-150 such production pipelines could be built before we approach the cost of one metal 3D printer. This is the kind of game changer that can take a technology from being used primarily for prototyping to being used primarily for production."


The Wisconsin State Journal

August 20, 2017 - Wisconsin State Journal: A Stoughton entrepreneur has found a way to print metal without a million dollar 3D printer.