Solidscape, Inc., a leading producer of high precision 3D wax printers, and a subsidiary of Stratasys, Ltd. (Nasdaq: SSYS), launches the S500 high precision 3D printer for precision investment casting and rapid prototyping of complex geometries. Designed to produce ultra-accurate, directly castable wax patterns, the S500 3D printer, along with new castable material, Midasä, and dissolvable support material, Meltä-I, shortens production time and can eliminate the need for expensive tooling.
The S500 is for industrial casting manufacturers that produce high precision complex parts where dimensional accuracy and excellent external and internal surface finishes are critical. By streamlining front- and back-end processes, the S500 makes the printing of directly castable parts and the creation of custom molds from wax patterns repeatable and scalable.
“The growing global demand we see for manufacturers to develop more short production runs of precision parts requires tools that can help them iterate design cycles quickly,” said Fabio Esposito, Solidscape President. “The S500 high precision 3D printer and materials help industrial users create accurate, complex, precise wax patterns that can be directly cast in most metals and alloys, or create silicone or master molds eliminating the need for expensive custom tooling.”
The S500’s Solidjet Technology builds a support structure of solid wax, allowing organic shapes with undercuts, overhangs, thin walls and interlocking parts, and producing high-integrity castings with excellent interior and exterior surface finish.
Along with the printer, new materials seamlessly integrate into existing manufacturing and casting processes, avoiding the need for special burn-out schedules and equipment. Midas provides a clean burnout with no thermal expansion and is suitable for metal casting, including stainless steel, nickel and various alloys. Melt-I, the non-toxic, hand-free dissolvable support reduces stress points on shapes with thin walls and delicate details, enabling manufacturers to produce parts with intricate or complex geometries with confidence.