With new additive technologies for investment casting foundries will:
- Be able to produce low volumes of casted parts from a CAD model in 24-48 hours
- Reduce costs of tooling
- Eradicate the time it takes to produce tooling
- Reduce costs and space used for tooling storage
- Deliver 'unmoldable' products
3D Systems Complete Additive Investment Casting Solution
1. CAD Design and Repair
With Geomagic Design X you can scan and reverse engineer parts. Generate solid models from scan data and repair models.
2. Optimized for Additive
With 3D Sprint you can apply chemical etching offset. Apply scale compensation for metal shrinkage. Digitally create and position gates and vents. Create sectioning of large parts and joints. Prepare and optimize files for printing.
3. 3D Print Master Patterns
With 3D Systems SLA and MJP technology 3D printing solutions you can choose between plastic and wax master patterns.
4. Quality Assurance
With Geomagic Control X check for deformation after master pattern printing and after metal casting. (Back to step 1)
Wax vs QuickCast: How to Choose the Right 3D Printing Technology
MultiJet printing (MJP) for Wax Casting Patterns
- MJP 2500 IC
- VisiJet® M2 Icast Real WaxTM
- Small/Medium Size Parts
- 100% Wax
Developed for the investment casting professional, the ProJet MJP 2500 IC wax 3D printer produces hundreds of RealWax™ patterns at a significantly lower cost and in less time than traditional pattern production for low to medium-volume jobs. Delivering quality, accuracy and repeatability, it generates wax patterns that fit in existing investment casting processes, making it ideal for customized metal components, bridge manufacturing and low volume production.
Investment Casting Patterns with SLA QuickCast
- SLA ProX 800/950
- ProJet 6000 HD/7000 HD
- Accura Fidelity & Quickcast Diamond
- Large Parts & Connectable Joints
- Rigid, Light Weight Resin Plastics
The QuickCast build style is an SLA print methodology developed by 3D Systems to answer a pressing need for the investment casting industry. The speed advantages and the high accuracy and quality of 3D Systems’ SLA technology have made QuickCast one of the most popular and effective methods for 3D printed casting patterns. 3D Systems’ castable resins are also available in antimony-free varieties for aerospace castings.
SLA master patterns are ideal when you need: accurate, high yield, large size, complex, lightweight investment casting masters with high dimensional stability over years - and in transit.
QuickCast Diamond: The Industry's Only Master Patterns Designed for Light-Weighting and Consistent Strength
- Up to 30% lighter parts
- More consistent pattern strength across X,Y,Z geometries
- More accurate and functionally stable master patterns
- Higher out of printer success
- Less manual finishing and labor expense
QuickCast® investment castings patterns printed with Accura® Fidelity™ lead to an increase in casting yields. Designed for a variety of castable metals, this antimony free, low viscosity clean burn resin is perfect for titanium alloy.
Combined with cutting edge software, Accura Fidelity quickly creates large, lightweight, and easy to handle casting patterns through our industry-leading QuickCast process.
3D Systems 3D Printers and Materials for the Digital Foundry
Our MJP and SLA 3D printers and materials deliver exceptional value, part accuracy, fast speed and production-grade casting patterns. Explore the options below to find the printer and material that's right for you.
QuickCast SLA Plastic Technology
MJP Wax Technology
Customer Application Stories
The Digital Foundry in Action at Invest cast with the ProJet MJP 2500 IC 3D printer
Invest Cast is making the foundry digital with 3D Systems' ProJet 2500 IC with RealWax materials for production-grade investment casting patterns that can deliver CAD to finished casted parts in 24 hours.
Vaupell Saves Time and Money with 3D Printed Investment Casting Patterns
Vaupell is using QuickCast®, the stereolithography (SLA) process developed by 3D Systems for investment casting, to deliver unprecedented speed and quality to its customers at a fraction of the cost of traditional methodologies.