Investment Casting Printer

Description

The ProJet MJP 2500 IC produces RealWax patterns in a fraction of the time and cost compared to traditional pattern production. Drawing on 3D Systems’ deep expertise and unique workflow approach including software, hardware, materials and services, this digital foundry solution is designed to transform a centuries-old manufacturing process – enabling significant time and cost savings and creating new possibilities for the types of parts that can be cast.

 

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 conducted by 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.

 

An ideal solution for the production of metal cast components, the ProJet MJP 2500 IC is well suited to span production needs from the iterative, initial design phase to bridge 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. Design files are prepared for 3D printing and managed with 3D Sprint software. The patterns are produced in VisiJet M2 ICast, 100% wax material which delivers the same melt and burn-out characteristics of standard casting waxes and fits seamlessly into existing foundry protocols.

 

3D Systems’ MultiJet Printing (MJP) technology enables smooth surface finishes, sharp edges and fine details with high fidelity and repeatability to hold tight tolerances. Design iterations and design optimization for complex parts can now be done quickly and economically.

 

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