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3D Printing a Stainless Steel Dumpster Fire

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In the realm of 3D printing, plastic reigns supreme, but there are times when PLA just won’t cut it. Remember that experiment I conducted with 3D printed candleholders and real candles? It was a fiery reminder of the flammability of filament.

3 orange candles printed in pla

Sometimes, you need the durability of metal, which brings me to an exciting venture with JLC3DP, the 3D printing division of JLCPCB.

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Let’s take a look at the specifications for printing in stainless steel with JCP3DP:

  • Printing Method: Selective Laser Melting (SLM)
  • Material: Stainless Steel 316L
  • Min Build Size: 5mm x 5mm x 5mm
  • Max Build Size: 250mm x 250mm x292mm
  • Wall Thickness: 1.5mm
  • Minimum Details for Embossing & Engraving: 1mm deep & 1mm wide
  • Minimum Clearance: .2mm
  • Minimum Hole/Column Size: 1.5mm

What I like about JCL3DP’s metal printing service:

Access to Industrial Tech: SLM printers cost as much as a car. Owning one is not an option for the average maker.

Quality Results: JCL3DP are professionals who know their machines. The results are top-notch and better than if I printed it myself.

100% Real Metal: The dumpster model is crafted entirely from stainless steel, making it durable, fire proof and museum quality.

High Precision: SLM technology enables intricate designs with fine details and accuracy.

Easy Ordering: With JLC3DP, ordering a custom 3D print is a breeze. Simply upload your file, select your preferred printing method, and let them handle the rest.

What I Don’t Like:

Price: Printing in stainless steel is more expensive than traditional plastic filament.

Now, let’s get creative with my 3D printed dumpster fire. This is a fun model I’ve printed often as toys, gifts and even Christmas ornaments. Normally it’s printed in PLA with PETG for the flame when I’m making a light up model.

Thanks to JLC3DP’s advanced SLM technology, I was able to bring my favorite chaotic meme to life in robust stainless steel. The process involved precise layer-by-layer melting of metal powder, resulting in a highly detailed and sturdy model. This is a print that I will keep forever.

How to Order from JLC3DP

Ordering from JLC3DP couldn’t be simpler. I uploaded my model, selected the printing method, and received an instant quote. Their thorough file inspection ensured a seamless printing process, giving me confidence in the final product.

3D printing with stainless steel opens up a world of possibilities for creators. Whether it’s intricate designs for decorative objects, or durable practical prints, SLM technology delivers unmatched quality and reliability. So, if you’re ready to take your creations to the next level, why not ignite your creativity with JLC3DP?