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Wax alternative [message #50263] Sat, 23 June 2012 10:22 UTC Go to next message
avatar 7710140f9e  is currently offline 7710140f9e
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Hello everyone. We currently have our parts printed in wax on a Solid Scape T76 printer at .001" resolution.

The quality of the detail is incredible. However the parts are EXTREMELY fragile.

We have tried other services before but have been unhappy with the styrations on the parts - and because our parts are very very small and have lots and lots of detail - it is very difficult to clean them.

Can anyone recommend either a material on Shapeways that will give us the detail of wax but more strength? Or point us in another direction?

Re: Wax alternative [message #50282 is a reply to message #50263 ] Sat, 23 June 2012 22:48 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar stannum  is currently offline stannum
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SolidScapes are hard to match. So look for a place that prints with SolidScape and then clones that print in resin or maybe even metal. You keep the quality level as before and get a stronger material. There are companies doing that in the miniature market and it's pretty common workflow in jewelry, so you could convince them you want a cheap metal. Of course the purpose is making masters not final parts, as price wise it means even more than just printing.
Re: Wax alternative [message #50287 is a reply to message #50263 ] Sun, 24 June 2012 10:44 UTC Go to previous message
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Seek out a Bureau that runs a ProJet 3000CPX machine - 0.0006" layers.

Still quite fragile, but I've managed 0.2mm thick walls on these machines that have survived investment casting without issue.

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