With even Space X using it to build the body of its new Starship to Mars, Stainless steel is experiencing a revival. While advanced alloys can provide unique yet niche applications, stainless steels like 316L are extremely versatile and – perhaps more importantly – very affordable. That is particularly true if the material is used in a MIM-based filament for such as those supported by Desktop Metal‘s studio system. That is one of the reasons why the company, which is openly committed to making metal 3D printing more accessible, launched 316L stainless steel for its office-friendly metal 3D printing system for prototyping and low-volume production. A fully austenitic steel (300-series steels contain nickel to achieve austenite crystalline structure  and are not hardenable by heat treatment and  essentially non-magnetic), known for its corrosion resistance and excellent mechanical properties at extreme temperatures, 316L is suited for applications in demanding industrial environments, including salt water in marine applications, caustic cleaners found in food processing environments, and chemicals in pharmaceutical manufacturing. “The addition of 316L enables engineers to print me...