FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What maintenance does the Metal X
You will need to keep the printer clean, and you will occasionally need to
tension the belts, change the upper and lower feed tubes, and change the
Are there different infill patterns
that can be selected?
Yes, you can choose between triangular, gyroid, and solid infill.
Does the Metal X require
The Metal X printer itself does not require ventilation, but the other two
machines in the system, the Wash-1 and Sinter-1 or Sinter-2 all require
What is the difference between the
Sinter-1 and Sinter-2
The Sinter-1 is smaller, and does not have stackable seter plates, both of
which limit the part size and number of parts you can fit in each run. The
Sinter-2, aside from being much larger, also has the ability to do express
runs for producing smaller volumes of parts in an expedited timeframe
What is included in the Metal X
The Metal X system includes the Metal X 3D printer, the Wash-1, and either
the Sinter-1 or Sinter-2.
How long does the wash and sinter
While this will vary based on print settings, part geometry, and material,
the wash process takes around 12 hours, the drying process takes around 4
hours, and the sintering process takes around 27 hours. Keep in mind that
multiple parts can be processed per cycle in that time frame.
Is the bed or chamber heated on the
Yes. To ensure that the bound metal material is printable, both the
chamber and the bed of the Metal X are heated.
Do the Sinter-1 and Sinter-2 have
Yes, both furnaces will consume ultra-high purity argon gas from either a
CLC/Dewar or a cylinder multi pack, hydrogen/argon mix gas from cylinders,
exhaust filters, and gas supply filters.
Are the metal materials dangerous?
No. Unlike other powder-based metal 3d printers, the Metal X uses a
polymer and wax bound metal powder which eliminates any hazard that this
material might pose.