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Castable Wax Castable Wax

This is a Maker Material - Only available to the model owner.

Price $10.00 handling fee
$8.00 per cm3
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Design Guidelines for Castable Wax

The rules to follow in order to create successful products in Castable Wax. Read more on model checks
Max bounding box 75 × 75 × 50 mm

For us to be able to make a product, each of its pieces must fit within these dimensions.

The maximum bounding box for Wax is determined by the size of the box we use for packaging. Since wax is so fragile, we use special boxes and padding for shipping, which can only fit models within this bounding box.

To ensure the successful creation of your product, make sure the bounding box fits within our maximum limit. If it does not, try scaling it down or removing unnecessary features to reduce the bounding box.

Min bounding box X + Y + Z ≥ 12 mm

For us to be able to make a product, each of its pieces must be bigger than these dimensions.

The minimum bounding box for Wax is determined by our ability to successfully print very tiny products.

To ensure the successful creation of your product, make sure the bounding box of your product is larger than our minimum. If it is not, try working with your parts and features by: scaling up, thickening, combining, or enlarging them.

Min supported wall thickness 0.5 mm thick
Recommended for Casting: 0.6 mm thick

A supported wall is one connected to other walls on two or more sides.

For Wax, the minimum supported wall is determined by our ability to successfully print and clean your product. Walls that are too thin will break in the cleaning process.

To ensure the successful creation of your product, make sure supported walls are thicker than the minimum requirement. If they are not, try making them thicker or adding supports.

Min unsupported wall thickness 0.6 mm thick
Recommended for Casting: 0.6 mm thick

An unsupported wall is one connected to other walls on less than two sides.

For Wax, the minimum unsupported wall is determined by our ability to successfully print and clean your product. Walls that are too thin will break in the cleaning process.

To ensure the successful creation of your product, make sure supported walls are thicker than the minimum requirement. If they are not, try making them thicker or adding supports.

Min supported wires 0.5 mm thick
Recommended for Casting: 0.8 mm thick

A wire is a feature whose length is greater than two times its width. A supported wire is connected to walls on both sides.

For Wax, the minimum supported wire is determined by our ability to successfully print and clean your product. Wires that are too thin will break in the cleaning process.

To ensure the successful creation of your product, make sure supported wires are thicker than the minimum requirement. If they are not, try making them thicker.

Min unsupported wires 0.8 mm thick
Recommended for Casting: 1.0 mm thick

A wire is a feature whose length is greater than two times its width. An unsupported wire is connected to walls on less than two sides.

For Wax, the minimum unsupported wire is determined by our ability to successfully print and clean your product. Wires that are too thin will break in the cleaning process.

To ensure the successful creation of your product, make sure unsupported wires are thicker than the minimum requirement. If they are not, try making them thicker.

Min embossed detail 0.1 mm high & wide
Recommended for Casting: 0.3 mm high & wide

A detail is a feature whose length is less than twice its width. Embossed details stick out from a surface.

For Wax, the minimum detail is determined by the printer's resolution. When detail dimensions are below the minimum, the printer may not be able to accurately replicate them.

To ensure details come out clearly, make them larger than the indicated minimum. We may be unable to print products with details smaller than the minimum, since the final product will not be true to your design. If your design has details smaller than the minimum, try making them larger or removing them.

Min engraved detail 0.1 mm high & wide
Recommended for Casting: 0.3 mm high & wide

A detail is a feature whose length is less than twice its width. Engraved or debossed details go into a surface.

For Wax, the minimum detail is determined by the printer's resolution. When detail dimensions are below the minimum, the printer may not be able to accurately replicate them.

To ensure details come out clearly, make them larger than the indicated minimum. We may be unable to print products with details smaller than the minimum, since the final product will not be true to your design. If your design has details smaller than the minimum, try making them larger or removing them.

Min escape holes 4.0 mm diameter for one escape hole
2.0 mm diameter when there are two or more escape holes

Escape holes allow unbuilt material inside hollow products to be removed.

Wax products are printed with a support material that must be liquified and removed from the final product. For products with hollow areas, escape holes allow the liquified support material to evacuate otherwise enclosed cavities.

To ensure the successful creation of your product, make sure the escape holes are large enough to allow the support material to get out. Multiple holes make this process easier. If holes are not big enough, you can enlarge them, add more, or fill in the hollow areas so they are solid. Positioning escape holes at the opposite ends of a product will help the cleaning process.

A single escape hole at the end of a cavity will not allow material in the corners near the escape hole to fully escape, so we recommend multiple escape holes at both ends of the cavity.

Clearance 0.1 mm clearance
Recommended for Casting: 0.3 mm clearance

Clearance is the space between any two parts, walls, or wires.

If the clearance between multiple features is too small, they can fuse together during printing.

To ensure the successful creation of your product, make the clearance between walls and wires greater than the indicated minimum. If your clearance is too small, try making the gap bigger, or consider fusing the features if their independence is unnecessary.

Interlocking and enclosed parts? While we can print interlocking and enclosed parts, these are extremely difficult to cast and we do not recommend it.
Multiple parts per model file? No.
Accuracy ±0.125 mm

More On Designing for Castable Wax

Material Traits
Rules and Recommendations

Because Wax products are intended for casting, we have included two values for each design guideline: a rule and a recommendation. The rules are based on what think we can successfully produce in Wax, and we will try to create all products that meet them. The recommendations are based on what we have seen that can be successfully cast into metal. If you do not have extensive casting experience, we strongly suggest that you design based on the recommendations.

Design for Shippability

Wax is incredibly fragile, and can break during shipping despite our best packaging efforts. Keep this in mind when designing your Wax product. Large models with thin wires are particularly susceptible to breakage in shipping.

Material Info

Look and feel

Castable Wax has a rich blue color, and a weight and surface feel similar to traditional candle wax. Wax products sometimes have white patches caused by slight remnants of the support material, but these should not affect the wax' castability or the final cast product.

Trial Period

Wax is currently offered for an eight-week trial period, until July 30th. This trial will give us an opportunity to learn about what we can successfully print, clean, and ship. Please be aware that after the trial, we may have to adjust design guidelines, pricing, and/ or lead time.

Handling and care

Wax is very fragile, and should be handled very carefully. Even with our custom padded packaging, Wax products sometimes break in the mail after we ship them to you. If this is the case, please contact customer service, and we can reprint it for you.

Castable Wax can be cast alongside standard wax using a standard burnout cycle. Wax is very temperature sensitive, and will become particularly brittle when cold. It will begin softening around 60C or 140F and melts at 80C or 176F. It can slowly deform and weaken over time, so we recommend casting your product as soon as possible when you receive it.

We ensure the quality of your Wax product up until you receive it, but we can't be responsible for any modifications that are made after. Once sprues have been added to a Wax product, or it has been cast into metal, we cannot guarantee its quality.

How it's 3D printed

This material is 3D printed using the Multijet Modeling (MJM) process. Molten wax is deposited onto an aluminum build platform in layers using several nozzles that sweep across the build area. As the heated material jets onto the build plate, it solidifies. A different type of wax with a lower melting temperature is deposited below overhangs in your product, acting as a support material. When printing is finished, we remove the models from the tray and put them into a heated bath that melts away the support material. Finally, we inspect the models and allow them to dry.

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Disclaimer:
Please note that the 3D printed products are intended for decorative purposes. They are not suited to be used as toys or to be given to underage children. The products should not come into contact with electricity and be kept away from heat. Our materials, except for 3D printed glazed ceramic, are not food safe.
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