Why We Love Investment Casting and 3D Printing: BFFs

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Why We Love Investment Casting and 3D Printing: BFFs

Postby 3dtech » Tue Oct 03, 2017 9:31 pm

Investment casting can produce very detailed, very thin, highly dimensionally accurate parts. These parts may have a high degree of complexity and a need for high tolerances. At the same time the many steps in investment casting mean that there is a high degree of manual labor involved in the process which drives up cost. Investment casting’s total time to part and the overall energy use throughout the process are also far from ideal. Extensive use throughout the years of investment casting in high end applications however have meant that there are vendors that can meet the most demanding metal parts’ needs with investment casting using skills honed in the marine, aerospace and defense industries. 3d printing service in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu,india,chennai,bengaluru,kolkata,lucknow,kanpur india

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FDM 3D printing evolving from a hobby market to practical, functional and real life applications where hardware, software and materials matter to bring a product to the customer or, in this case, use 3D printing as a valuable additional to the chain of production. PLA is a natural choice for this process where the entire print is burned out. 3d printing service vapi gujarat

3D printing has long played a role in investment casting, with casting companies experimenting with 3D printed parts in conjunction with investment casting. 3D printing based methods have also been developed to compete with investment casting.

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Rapid Tooling
Through rapid prototyping interim tools are made using 3D printing. This means that the tooling step in a molding process can be accelerated or reduced in cost. The tool itself is 3D printed and a number of steps are skipped.

Casting Patterns with Quickcast & SLA

Quickcast is a 3D Systems method of creating hollow 3D printed SLA (stereolithography) patterns for investment casting.

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Reasons to Use 3D Printing Jewelry Business

1. No Inventory Issues

3D Printing solves the problem of a high value inventory that doesn’t get sold completely. By producing small batches that can be created quickly, you no longer need to invest millions in inventory.

2. Freedom of Design

3D Printing allows the designer to express their creativity without limits. The constraints of mold creation don’t apply for 3D Printing.

3. Customization

3D Printing allows the customer to request a unique, one-of-a-kind piece. A personal message can be inserted or an existing design can be customized to fit their needs.

4. High Complexity

When creating jewelry with traditional manufacturing techniques, multiple pieces are joined together to create a complex design. With 3D Printing, it is possible to create the finished design in one single piece, which means its quality is higher and the designer can save time by cutting out the joining process.
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Here is a breakdown of three common SLA materials:

HD Mechanical - spot S-Pro- SLA resin



flexible sla resin - HD Elastic

Snow White Resin - HD white

durable tough resin - HD strong
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