Metal Casting 3D Printers

Tool-Less Wax And Resin Casting Pattern Production

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Overview

In the rapidly evolving business world, you need a 3D printer that puts you ahead of the competition.
3D Systems printers offer transformative advantages at every phase of creation – from initial concept design to the production of final products.
The most important step is to ensure you identify the best 3D printer technology for your application.

Which 3D Printer is Best for You?
Identifying your unique requirements within the entire design-to-manufacture process will help you select the best 3D printing technology and optimize its benefits.

3D Printing Performance Criteria You Need to Review

  • File-to-Finished Part Speed– Every 3D printer has a different file-to-finished part speed, which takes into account build preparation, print speed, required post-processing, and optional finishing time.
  • Part Strength- Will the parts you print do what you need them to do? This guide will help you review 3D printers that will create parts with the specific mechanical properties your application requires.
  • Accuracy- Accuracy, precision, and repeatability are dependent on a variety of factors including part size, material, geometry, post-processing, print orientation, and more. The Buyer’s Guide helps you define your application accuracy requirements so 3D Systems’ experts can help you choose the right 3D printer at the right price.
  • Material Properties- Understanding the intended applications and the needed material characteristics is important in selecting the best 3D printer for your needs. Each technology has strengths and weaknesses that need to be factored in
  • Part Aesthetics– Some applications require printed parts that are visually appealing, full color, or have specific look and feel requirements. Other applications are purely functional, and part appearance doesn’t matter as long as the parts perform as expected. Use the guide to help determine exactly what is most important to you and review which 3D printers are the best for your requirements.
  • Print Capacity- Required print capacity for production is determined by a variety of criteria including the printer’s ability to make the breadth of the parts you need to create.
  • Initial investment and total cost of operation- The Buyer’s Guide will also help you prioritize what’s more important to you right now: a low cost of entry so that you can learn how 3D printing will benefit your business, or, if you already know how additive manufacturing can be leveraged for your business, a higher initial investment that will result in a lower total cost of operation.

Systems and Equipments

ProJet MJP 2500 IC

Tool-less production of 100% wax casting patterns

Highlights:

High quality small to mid-sized wax patterns that fit directly into a standard foundry casting process
Ideal for customized metal components, bridge manufacturing and low volume production
VisiJet® M2 ICast 100% wax material delivers the same melt and burn-out characteristics of standard casting waxes

Software: 3D Sprint

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ProX 800

SLA quality at high throughput to address the broadest range of applications

Highlights:

Print complex assemblies, custom assembly jigs and fixtures, master patterns, mass customization of production parts
Produce dental models and drill guides in batches
Highly detailed, lightweight investment casting patterns with QuickCast® SLA build style

Software: 3D Sprint

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ProX 950

All the benefits of SLA 3D printing in extra-large format

Highlights:

Strong, highly accurate large parts (up to 1500 mm length) in one piece
Print large format complex assemblies, prototypes and production parts
Highly detailed, lightweight investment casting patterns with QuickCast® SLA build style

Software: 3D Sprint

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ProJet 6000 HD

Highest 3D printed quality and accuracy for small to medium sized parts

Highlights:

Smooth surface, high quality for intricate jewelry geometries and high accuracy for prongs
Uses VisiJet SL Jewel material to produce direct casting models, accurate patterns for silicon or rubber molding as well as design verification models

Software: 3D Sprint

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ProJet 7000 HD

Mid-range integrated solution for SLA quality and accuracy

Highlights:

Same SLA benefits of the ProJet 6000, with more than double the build volume
Print prototypes, tooling, patterns for casting, end use parts
Highly detailed, lightweight investment casting patterns with QuickCast® SLA build style

Software: 3D Sprint

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sPro 60 HD-HS

Compact SLS printer for broad range of thermoplastic, composite and elastomeric materials

Highlights:

High-throughput of medium-sized parts (up to 330mm long)
Production-grade nylon parts production
Produce housings, machinery components, complex end-use parts, functional assemblies, jigs and fixtures

Software: 3D Sprint

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Invest Cast:

The ability to make final cast parts without tooling a mold has given Invest Cast’s customers the freedom to test multiple iterations quickly and cost-effectively, ultimately enabling them to arrive at better final parts.

Metal Casting Materials

Castable Plastic

Highly accurate, humidity/moisture resistant, antimony-free casting patterns

Styrene-based, expendable pattern casting material

Highly accurate with excellent humidity/moisture resistance

Wax

100% wax patterns for industrial investment casting

Post-Processing

Post-processing MJP material for wax patterns