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Lost wax casting [message #24044] Fri, 18 February 2011 22:35 UTC Go to next message
avatar Strangecharm  is currently offline Strangecharm
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Hello reader - thanks for looking!

I'm interested in printing some jewellery to cast using the lost wax process. I've searched the forums and read a few posts about this but I'm not clear as to whether Shapeways offers or plans to offer the ability to print in wax? If not, is there a workable alternative for jewellery work?

Thanks for helping me work this out,


Re: Lost wax casting [message #24047 is a reply to message #24044 ] Sat, 19 February 2011 04:12 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar Ray716  is currently offline Ray716
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Right now shapeways does not offer lost wax as an option, They are looking into both Wax and Sterling Silver, but have not been able to find the right balance of price, quality and time. So in the mean time, you have a few options.

Option 1: Design and order your pieces for what's available, Stainless Steel is awesome for pendants, Select the Gold plate for rings and you should have less of an issue with the bronze infusion reacting to your skin. Plastic looks great for fun jewelry items, and even Fine grade items. Glass, Sandstone and Aluminide are also very awesome.

Option 2: Order your design in one of the detail materials, and then make a mold of it. Inject your mold with wax, and then do classic Lost Wax Investment casting.

Option 3: order your model in one of the plastics, Then invest the model it's self, Do a longer burn out time on slightly higher heat, Then pour your metals as normal.

Option 4: Use shapeways to get a good feel for your model and design, When your prototype is finished and can be said to be a working model, then contact a major casting house to have it manufactured in a fine-grade metal. Some casting houses will work with small time businesses, but very few will talk with you unless you have a Retail license (at least in my experience).

I'm sure there are other options... For me, i love many things found here at Shapeways, The community, the Customer Service, and the fact that they are a small company that is growing with it's customer base - The Designers themselves. Because they are still growing, there are some issues to be worked out and things that we want. I'm sure in time it will happen. That's why i love their Customer Service. They are WILLING to not only listen to their customers but also help us too.

In Troth,


P.S. Welcome to the community!

[Updated on: Sat, 19 February 2011 04:13 UTC]

Re: Lost wax casting [message #24114 is a reply to message #24047 ] Mon, 21 February 2011 20:39 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar abby  is currently offline abby
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I have little success burning out RP plastic and the detail is not good enough for most jewellery. There are other companies on-line who do print in wax but the cost is rather high at around £25-£30 for a ring sized object.
Re: Lost wax casting [message #24162 is a reply to message #24114 ] Wed, 23 February 2011 14:45 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar GlenG  is currently offline GlenG
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That price sounds about right for a hi -res wax print. Think about the alternative of making a master pattern by hand and it seems cheap. Cast one copy from the RPwax then have traditional rubber molds made from that metal master and the price per unit will snap in line. Do a search for SolidScape, these wax printers have incredible resolution, up to 5000dpi!. There are links to service bureaus around the world.

"Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art."
Leonardo da Vinci
Re: Lost wax casting [message #30529 is a reply to message #24162 ] Sat, 09 July 2011 16:56 UTC Go to previous message
avatar lmyronuk  is currently offline lmyronuk
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Now that silver is offered as a material, with lost-wax RP as a step in the production, can there be an option to have the wax object shipped?

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