Aluminum (AlSi10Mg) is a traditional alloy used in castings with a low density and good thermal properties. Due to its density and ease of manufacture it is one of the most affordable metal print materials.
Aluminum has good mechanical properties which makes it an ideal material for applications requiring heat conductivity and light weight. Typical applications are fully functional end products and spare parts. Aluminum parts are commonly used in:
- Automotive industrie
- Aerospace industry
- Electronics industry
- Industrial components
- Industrial spare parts
- Jigs and other tools
In conventional casting aluminum parts need annealing after casting to improve mechanical properties. In 3D printing annealing occurs in the manufacturing process. As a result the parts correspond to T6 annealed aluminum directly after printing without the need for separate annealing process.
Other features include good corrosion resistance, high dynamics, tenacity, electrical conductivity and thermal conductivity.