Metal 3D Printing Material: Lost-Wax Metal Casting
Here you will find all the information, tricks, know-how, and advice to help you print your 3D model in metal with the Lost-Wax Metal Casting technique.
3D printing metal requires skills and knowledge which are specific for each material. These material pages are designed to provide the design guidelines, technical specifications and many more information about our metal 3D printing materials.
How Casting works
Lost-wax casting is an alternative to additive and substractive manufacturing to create multiple models from a first master model that will be used as a reference.
The master model typically built in wax thanks to 3D printing is the perfect replica of the finished product. Once the master model is created, a mould made in plaster is poured over it. Once the plaster mold is ready, liquid metal in injected into the mold to replace wax which is drain away through a treelike structure to create the object.
Uses and advantages
Lost-wax casting offers a good solution to create parts with a good quality and fair complexity. The main advantage of this process consists in the production of parts with sharp angles and a very smooth surface. Lost-wax casting is principally used to create jewelries.
However, the many steps between the creation of the mold (3d printing and finishing) to the de-molding and finishing of the castings can largely impact the accuracy of the tested part.
Thanks to the Casting process you can run your own factory for prototyping and production, distantly, and without needing to worry about operating the machines.
Solid and relatively malleable, our 92.5% sterling silver is perfect for jewellery creation. The surface is available in 4 finishes: raw, mirror polished, white rhodium or black rhodium plated.
Sculpteo's brass material is composed of 80% copper, 15% zinc and 5% tin. It is perfect for jewellery and decorative creations. Available in 6 finishes: raw, mirror polished, White Rhodium Plated, Black Rhodium Plated, Gold Plated and Pink Gold Plated.
Sculpteo's bronze material is composed of 90% copper and 10% tin. It is perfect for jewellery and decorative creations. Available in 2 finishes: raw and polished.
Other materials available on Sculpteo:
Plastic is a great starter material. Strong, with a fairly good level of detail and slightly flexible, it comes in a wide range of colors. If you're not sure which material to go with, plastic is a...
A plaster-like material that is colored as it prints. Excellent for purely decorative items but its brittle nature means shocks or friction should be avoided. Contact with water should also be...
Sculpteo's brass material is composed of 82% copper and 18% zinc. It can be raw, mirror polished or gold plated. The final product is solid but susceptible to scratching and tarnishes quickly when...
This plastic is made from black powder and offers a continuous coloring that is resistant to abrasion. The surface has a sanded, grainy texture which can be polished. Being both solid and flexible,...