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New material at Shapeways - 3D Printed Casting Wax
« on: June 08, 2014, 02:55:33 AM »
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https://www.shapeways.com/materials/wax

Might have to try it out. 
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Re: New material at Shapeways - 3D Printed Casting Wax
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2014, 08:06:41 AM »
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Says only good for a few days.

This is a test.

This would be for...... making brass castings eventually?
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Re: New material at Shapeways - 3D Printed Casting Wax
« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2014, 08:07:05 PM »
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Any material they added since launch has been through the same "limited time only" trial period.  The final price may go up/down, but you can safely bet the material stay.

I'm interested in trying it out on something (but what), however I know very little about casting, and even less about lost-wax casting.

Anyone with experience have any insights/thoughts? 
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Re: New material at Shapeways - 3D Printed Casting Wax
« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2014, 09:32:37 PM »
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Would be perfect for making lost-wax castings if the print quality is good.
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Re: New material at Shapeways - 3D Printed Casting Wax
« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2014, 06:22:11 AM »
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Hi mark, no expert here, but one would need to design a sprue of parts with vents, etc. and know about sprue and flow design for the material.  Then you take your wax model and sucessively dip it in plaster until the wall thickness is good enough to pour. Most casters heat the mold prior to pour to remove the wax and so the material does not chill (harden) immediately when poured.  After cooling the plaster is broken away hopefully leaving a complete part(s).  some take the mold and put it into a spin-caster to use centrifugal force to push the material into the nooks and crannies of the mold in increase thae chances of having complete parts.  Single parts can be done too, like one-off rings etc.  I like the wall thickness reduction in the requirements for some finer casting.