How to print with Ultrafuse 316L

The guide of the basic parameters to print 316L stainless steel for industrial applications on FDM printers






What is 316L?

print-316l-ultrafuse-bcn3d-printers Ultrafuse 316L is a metal-polymer composite filament for the production of metal components in 316L stainless steel. The models printed with Ultrafuse 316L get their final properties, like hardness and strength, through the debinding and sintering process. This filament doesn't require drying before printing.

This material can be used to print tooling, functional prototypes, jigs, and fixtures and is suitable for serial production to functional prototypes.

To use 316L filament you must install the Hotend M. Printing 316L and 17-4 PH with a standard nozzle will seriously damage the hotend.

You can purchase 316L from the BASF online store: Ultrafuse 316L

316L compatibility with BCN3D printers / hotends:

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Hotend M Hotend M      

Supported materials combinations

The ultrafuse 316L is not compatible with the current BCN3D Filaments.

Standard materials
Technical materials
ABS PA PP                  
Composite materials
PAHT CF15 PP GF30 PET CF15 316L 17-4 PH    

316L printing settings - Hotend M

Extruder temperature 245ºC
Build plate temperature 105ºC
Printing speed 30 - 60 mm/s
Retraction speed  25 mm/s
Retraction distance  6.5 mm
Cooling fan 0%
Minimum layer height 0.15 mm
  • Note: BCN3D Lab develops specific configurations for each material and printer. Make sure to use the last BCN3D Stratos version.

Build plate adhesion

Clean the glass before printing or apply a fine and even layer of Magigoo Pro Metal glue to achieve good adhesion between the 3D printed part and the printing surface of your 3D printer in order to keep the part fixed.

It is best to apply Magigoo when the printing bed is cool.

Use the Mesh Mapping to ensure that the model is properly attached to the build plate, to get the best result on the debinding and sintering process.



This filament doesn't absorb humidity from the air. However, if the material is not in use for extended periods of time, it is recommended to keep the Ultrafuse 316L spools in a box or airtight container.

Ultrafuse 316L emits low levels of fumes and particles when printed. We recommend printing it in a well-ventilated area to ensure a healthy environment.

Clean the nozzle before and after each print job to ensure a good extrusion and get cleaner prints.

Digital documentation of the 316L

Here you can find and download the Technical data and the Safety data sheets of our 316L:


Technical data sheet


Safety data sheet


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