The latest news about Digital Metal

Montford, a new Swiss watch maker, uses Digital Metal technology for 3D printing its dials.

At Digital Metal, we are convinced of the endless possibilities with metal powder technology. Our latest customer, Swiss watch maker Montfort, is proof of what can be done. Our 3D-printing technique allowed them the complete freedom of design they were looking for. The beautiful watches are inspired by the Swiss Alps, with dials produced by Digital Metal.

Höganäs extends its 3D printing capability by introducing high performance 17-4 PH stainless steel for Digital Metal printing technology.
17-4 PH enables production of components with high strength and hardness.
The material is a hardening grade exhibiting considerably higher strength compared to the more commonly used austenitic 316L.

It also provides improved corrosion resistance compared to 400 series ferritic stainless steels.

Material data – typical values
Ultimate strength Yield strength (0,2%) Elongation Hardness
316L 520 180 50 55
17-4PH 1050 900 4 25


Chemical composition (%)
Fe Cr Ni Mo Cu Nb+Ta
316L Bal 16-18 10-14 2-3
17-4PH Bal 15.5-17.5 3-5 3-5 0.15-0.45