Ultrafuse 316L Header Image
Forward AM

Metal filament for 3D printing stainless-steel parts


Forward AM

Ultrafuse® 316L

Designed for ultimate ease of handling on conventional Fused Filament Fabrication 3D printers. Ultrafuse® 316L is an innovative filament for the production of 316L-grade steel parts.

Ultrafuse® 316L combines greater freedom of design with a low total cost of ownership. 3D-printed parts acquire their final properties, for example in terms of hardness and strength, through a debinding and sintering process developed by BASF, which has emerged as the industry standard.

Ultrafuse® 316L formulates thermoplastic binders with 90 mass percent of highly-refined metal particles. As a filament, the metal-polymer composite comes with none of the occupational and safety hazards associated with the handling of fine metallic powders, turning 3D printing of stainless-steel parts affordable, straightforward, and safe.


Ultrafuse® 316L User Guidelines

Developed by extensive testing on a broad range of FFF 3D printers, our User Guidelines for Ultrafuse® 316L will make your start in metal 3d printing as smooth as possible

Examples of applications using Ultrafuse® 316L

  • Tooling
  • Jigs and fixtures
  • Series production
  • Functional parts and prototypes

Properties of Ultrafuse® 316L

  • Produces parts of stainless-steel type 316L
  • Easy handling
  • Uniform particle distribution enhancing mechanical properties
  • OSHA-friendly processing
  • High flexibility allows funneling through complex idler pulleys and guide-roller filament transportation systems in any printer
  • Compatible with both Bowden and direct drive extruders through the use of a non-slip outer surface
  • Shrinkage during sintering requires adjustment during part design

Which 3D printers should I use with Ultrafuse® 316L?

Designed for secure and easy handling on conventional, open-material Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) printers, Ultrafuse® 316L comes with a wide processing window. To help you succeed in 3D printing metal parts we provide printer processing guidelines including Ultrafuse® 316L parameter sets. In addition, consultancy and on-site support are available to help ensure the material performs on your printer.

Interested in a quote for Ultrafuse 316L parts?

Or want to talk to our experts?

Get in touch

Our services for Ultrafuse® 316L

Ultrafuse® 316L design & simulation service

Currently only upon request with selected partners. 

If you're interested in becoming a selected partner, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Additional services available for Ultrafuse® 316L

  • On-site training with Forward AM experts
  • Simulation services include brown-part simulation, brown part optimization and sinter analysis
  • Process guidelines and consultancy on printing parameters for smooth printing right from the start
  • Help to identify partners for debinding and sintering
  • Support from our experts is only a click or call away 

Engineering and optimization services

  • Design optimization services for increased printability and performance of your part
  • Simulations for predicting part properties before printing to boost process efficiency
  • Consulting on functional and decorative surface treatments to turn your 3D-printed parts into marketable products

Find out what we can do for you


Related Products

Ultrasint and Adsint 3D Printing Powders

Ultrasint® and Adsint powders 

Engineering-grade powders for advanced 3D printing applications using SLS and Multi Jet Fusion printers

Ultrafuse and Innofil3D filaments

Ultrafuse® filaments 

Filaments with tight diameter tolerances and ease of use to boost the value of your AM application

Employes Designing 3D Prints

3D printing services, from design to finished product 

Tailored services for additive manufacturing in engineering, simulation and optimization to put you ahead of the competition


You have questions, ideas to share, or need help or support?
We are passionate about anything in 3D printing.
Get in touch and let us know what we can do for you!

BASF 3D Printing Solutions GmbH

Speyerer Straße 4

69115 Heidelberg, Germany

Contact us