Metal 3D Printing
on the METHOD Platform

What are the Equipment needed to Print Metal


Print metals, polymers, and composites all on one machine leveraging the most advanced features available on a desktop 3D printer. MakerBot METHOD is a next-Generation desktop 3D printing platform that delivers manufacturing-grade parts with advanced engineering materials. 

There is also support for 3rd party materials that are qualified by MakerBot via MakerBot LABS Experimental Extruder to support even more applications.


Print more abrasive 3rd-party composites and metals for longer thanks to upgraded hardened-steel components with the LABS GEN 2 Experimental Extruder. With the number of third-party composites and metals available on the market today, the experimental extruder has been optimized to allow you to print with some of the most abrasive materials available – like Carbon Fiber, ESD composites, and stainless steel with confidence.

Apart from unlimited open-materials experimentation, you can also do a quick swab with a model extruder for highly repeatable, dimensionally accurate parts with MakerBot Materials.

*The MakerBot LABS GEN 2 Experimental Extruder for METHOD is an experimental product and is not covered under warranty.
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BASF ULTRAFUSE 316L | Stainless Steel

The first metal material to be qualified for printing on MakerBot METHOD platform, BASF Ultrafuse 316L Stainless Steel combines next-level strength, rigidity, and durability needed for end-use parts and manufacturing tools.

As one of the most popular types of steel due to its impressive level of corrosion resistance, Ultrafuse 316L packages 316L into a 3D printing filament that can be post-processed further to produce 100% metal parts.

The result is 3D printed metal tools and end-use parts printed with Ultrafuse 316L can stand up to just about anything, and at 1/5 the part cost of outsourcing.

Metal 3D Printing Process on METHOD


The 60°C Circulating Heated Build Chamber of MakerBot METHOD platform equipped with LABS Gen 2 experimental extruder
ensures maximum part density.


Send in your green part to a service provider where it goes through debinding and then sintered under 1200°C, resulting in pure 316L Stainless Steel parts that can withstand 550°C.


Receive your solid metal part in as little as 5 days up to ½ the time and ⅕ the cost of a leading metal 3D printing service. Use the part as intended or incorporate with other printed parts for a dynamic assembly.


Print solid metal parts on METHOD

BASF Ultrafuse 316L Stainless Steel combines the next level strength, rigidity, and durability needed for end-use parts and manufacturing tools.

550° C

Max Temperature

561 MPA

Tensile Strength

128 HV10


Check out MakerBot Materials that have been carefully tested for thousands of hours to achieve engineering standards of printed part dimensional accuracy and strength, for use with METHOD X.