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Investment Casting Patterns

ACCELERATE CASTING PRODUCTION TIMELINES WITH HIGH QUALITY 3D PRINTED CASTING PATTERNS

Tool-Less Production of Casting Patterns for the Investment Casting and Lost Wax Foundry Industry

Rapid production of small to large 3D printed casting patterns in both Stereolithography (SLA) with QuickCast patterns, and with wax materials with MultiJet Printing (MJP).

How to Select the Right Manufacturing Solution

From rapid and functional prototyping, appearance models to low-volume production using both additive manufacturing and traditional subtractive processes; the choices to develop your project are almost endless.

About this process

Overview

Accelerate your casting production timelines with high quality, fast prototype and production casting patterns with Quickparts On Demand Manufacturing services

Investment casting, often known as lost-wax casting, is a manufacturing methodology that has been around for thousands of years. While there has been some degree of automation in the foundry industry, the need for the pattern around which to make the cast shape remains a constant –and waiting for tooling to create the patterns can take weeks or months, costing tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars.

3D printed casting patterns offer a tool-free, fast, reliable and accurate alternative to patterns created using tooling, reducing the costs of creating pattern by as much as 90%, and produced in one-tenth of the time. With two key 3D printing materials –SLA plastic and wax -that are fully industry-tested, your casting patterns can be competed in days or a couple of weeks, with little to no restriction on the size of the casted part.

Quickparts On Demand Manufacturing offers rapid production of casting patterns from its production facilities worldwide. With expert teams who have been producing investment casting patterns for more than 20 years, using additive platforms and materials that are being constantly refined and updated to meet ever more rigorous standards, On Demand Manufacturing can meet your needs for prototype and production-grade casting patterns.

3D printed patterns can be created quickly, and deliver more complex parts than can be created with injection molded wax patterns. We use both a plastic process and a wax process depending on the needs and applications of our customers.

SLA QuickCast® Patterns

QuickCast is aSLA 3D printing build style trademarked by Quickparts and was created to meet the needs of the investment casting industry. The QuickCast build style consists of a hollow SLA pattern with an internal hexagonal support structure that adds strength to the pattern, allows for easy drainage, and facilitates collapse of the pattern during thermal expansion to help avoid shell cracking. QuickCast patterns offer invaluable shrink and gating information prior to hard tooling, large pattern size, smooth surfaces, and accelerated timelines over tooling to create wax patterns.

  • Hollow build style reduces the amount of material to burn out
  • Commonly used by the casting industry
  • Capable of producing large assemblies
  • Highly stable Accura®  resins developed specifically for foundry applications
  • Rapid production compared to traditional tooling
  • Provides invaluable shrink and gating information prior to hard tooling
  • Low moisture absorption and expansion of pattern
  • High dimensional stability

ProJet® Wax Patterns:

Many foundries like working with wax patterns. Whether only one or hundreds of patterns are needed quickly, you can count on our ProJet® 3D printed wax patterns to fit intoyour foundry processing procedures, just like any injection molded wax pattern. We provide high detail, high resolution ProJet wax patterns with the highest levels of surface finish required for demanding casting applications.

  • Excellent for high detail, high resolution builds
  • Highest surface level finishes and complexity
  • Quick lead times
  • Can be created without tooling
  • Accelerates the casting process
  • No special finishing required
  • Lower cost of initial development
  • Capable of producing the finishes required by the aerospace and medical industries
  • Easiest patterns to process

Applications

QUICKCAST PATTERNS

The QuickCast build style for investment casting is preferred in medical, aerospace & defense applications because of accuracy and high level surface finish.

PROJET WAX PATTERNS

Preferred by the jewelry, medical and aerospace industries, ProJet Wax patterns are built by printing thin layers of wax materials to quickly create the highest levels of surface finishes for casting patterns.

Materials

 

QuickCast Patterns
(LINK)

ProJet Wax Patterns
(LINK)

Build Envelope

 25x29x21

11.75”x7.3”x8”

Melt out?

No. Pattern must be burned out of shell.

Yes

Accuracy

Excellent

Excellent

Surface Finish

Excellent

Very Good

Ease of Casting

Good

Excellent

Finishes

QUICKCAST PATTERNS

  • Finely finished

PROJET WAX PATTERNS

  • Three levels of finishing are available:
  • Supports intact
  • Supports removed
  • Enhanced finish….our best

Resources

From Prototype To Production with QuickParts’ On-Demand Manufacturing

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Let us be your resource to determine which manufacturing process is right for your project.​

rapid prototyping
Rapid Prototyping

Shows the look and feel of a product or part before committing to the more costly aspects of production.

low volume production
Low-Volume Production

Reduce tooling costs, produce customized products and bring a product to market quickly with low-volume production and bridge manufacturing.

functional prototyping
Functional Prototyping

Goes beyond the look and feel, enabling teams to assess factors such as usability, ergonomics, manufacturability and materials testing.

appearance models
Appearance Models

Turn cad files into highly realistic physical parts and assemblies for aesthetic review, trade shows and sales presentations.

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