A 3D printing solution for casting parts would improve manufacturing
Called ProJet® MJP 2500 IC, 3D Systems announced the availability of its 3D printing solution for investment casting professionals.
The 3D printing system enables the production of RealWax™ patterns in less time and cost compared to traditional pattern production. Intended for foundries, the digital solution provides new possibilities for the parts that can be cast.
Typical production time for a 3D printed wax pattern
Typical production time for a 3D printed wax pattern is a few hours or less; no time or money is wasted on an injection molding process for traditional pattern tools. Cost reductions for initial patterns can be significant when the cost of traditional injection molding tooling is taken into account.
For example, in a cost comparison analysis from Mueller Additive Manufacturing Solutions, a pattern tool for a mechanical cam cost $6,050 while the 3D printed equivalent pattern cost less than $25 – with the only lead time being the short time to print the pattern.
The ProJet MJP 2500 IC might therefore be a solution to span production needs from the iterative, initial design phase to achieve manufacturing and low volume production. Working in a digital workflow provides complete design freedom, enabling wax patterns to benefit from topology optimization, lightweighting, and part consolidation.
Professionals might use the 3D Sprint™ software to design and manage files for 3D printing. They might use a wax material, called VisiJet® M2 ICast to produce patterns.
The material provides the same melt and burn-out characteristics of standard casting waxes and fits seamlessly into existing foundry protocols.
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