Additive Manufacturing Metal Alloys
On average, the metals used for additive manufacturing cost between $70 to $600. The specified properties, including maximum surface temperature and tensile strength of the metals have been gathered and entered into this spreadsheet.
- On average, Stainless Steel 316L costs $80 to $100 and has a max surface temperature of over 2000 Fahrenheit.
- Chromium Carbide costs around $100 to $300, while Ti–6Al–4V costs up to $600 per kg.
- Aluminum 6061 costs between $25 to $65, with Cobalt Chrome being significantly more expensive at $200 to $400 per kg.
- Nickel-based alloys cost roughly $226 per kg, while Tungsten costs $70 to $250 per kg.
We kicked off this research by gathering a list of some of the most used metals for additive manufacturing, after which we specified the additive manufacturing process that these metals are used for.
Please note that we attempted separating the additive manufacturing process for these metals. Our original plan was to provide the cost and properties of these metals by process, however, we soon found that despite thorough research, this was unavailable in the public domain. Our search strategies include scouring journals and peer reviewed pieces for studies done on the additive manufacturing methods of these metals. In addition, we went through market research publications by credible companies like Market Watch. This was also a dead end as the information we needed was blocked by a paywall. We also examined brochures and resources provided by companies specializing in metal powders for additive manufacturing to no avail.
As a result, the general properties and a price range of these metals have been listed. Some of the requested properties could not be found despite the aforementioned strategies. This report by Market Reports World contains comprehensive data on the metals used for additive manufacturing, broken down by process and properties, among others. It costs about $3,500, however, it may be possible to purchase only the section(s) of the report that contains data on the properties of these metal powders by process for a less expensive amount.