Best Wax 3D Printer for Lost Wax Casting

June 28, 2024

Introduction to the History and Process of Lost Wax Casting

Lost wax casting, also known as investment casting, is an ancient manufacturing process that has been around for thousands of years. It dates back as far as 3000 BC in Ancient Egypt and China, and was used to make intricate metal objects and works of art. The lost wax casting process has undergone many improvements and innovations throughout history, and is still an important method for manufacturing parts with high precision and complex geometries.

Basic steps of the lost wax casting process

  1. Mould making: A prototype mould (wax mould) of the product is made from wax or other fusible material.
  2. Shell making: The wax mould is immersed in a ceramic slurry, which is repeatedly dipped and sanded to form a solid shell.
  3. Dewaxing: The ceramic shell is heated so that the wax mould melts and runs out, leaving a cavity.
  4. Casting: Molten metal is poured into the cavity of the ceramic shell and cooled to form a metal casting.
  5. Cleaning and post-processing: Removal of the ceramic shell and excess metal, necessary surface treatment and finishing.

Comparison between 3D printed wax mould and traditional wax mould making

Traditional wax mould making: 

Hand carving: traditional wax moulds are usually hand carved by craftsmen, which is a time-consuming and labour-intensive process, and the accuracy and consistency are harder to ensure.

Mould duplication: For mass production, it is necessary to make master moulds and duplicate moulds, which increases the process steps and costs. 

3D printing wax moulds:

Automated production: 3D printing technology is able to automate the production of wax moulds, reducing the time and labour costs of manual operations.

High precision and complex geometries: 3D printing technology can easily achieve high precision and complex geometries of wax moulds, ensuring consistency and accuracy of each wax mould.

Rapid response to market demand: 3D printing technology can make wax moulds quickly, shorten the production cycle, and quickly respond to market changes and customer demands.

 Through the above comparison, it can be seen that 3D printing wax moulds have significant advantages in terms of precision, efficiency and cost. Therefore, choosing a high-performance 3D printer for wax moulds is crucial for improving the efficiency and quality of the lost wax casting process.

Why choose a wax mould 3D printer? 

In modern manufacturing, lost wax casting is a process widely used in art casting, industrial parts manufacturing and other fields. In order to improve productivity and product quality, it is crucial to choose a high-performance wax 3D printer. Today, we would like to introduce you to an excellent device – LaserCore-5300, which is the best wax 3D printer for lost wax casting.

LaserCore-5300 Device Introduction

LaserCore-5300 is our self-developed SLS wax 3D printer with the following outstanding features: 

1. Fast Scanning Speed: LaserCore-5300 has the fastest scanning speed up to 6m/s. This means that in mass production, it can significantly improve printing efficiency, shorten the production cycle, and quickly respond to market demand. 

2. High-precision moulding: The highest moulding accuracy of the device is up to ±0.1mm, ensuring that every wax pattern has superior detail and accuracy. This is especially important for castings that require high precision and complex geometries to meet the stringent requirements of art casting and precision industrial parts. 

3. Efficient Printing: The LaserCore-5300 has a maximum printing efficiency of 400 cubic centimetres per hour. This high efficiency makes it ideal for high volume production, significantly increasing productivity and reducing production costs. 

4. High-quality wax patterns: Printed wax patterns not only have high moulding accuracy, but also excellent surface quality. Whether it is a thin-walled structure or complex geometry, LaserCore-5300 can achieve one-piece moulding, reducing post-processing steps and improving product quality.

Equipment parameters

  • Equipment model: LaserCore-5300
  • Machine body size: 1960×1460×2690mm
  • Size of moulding cylinder: 700×700×500mm
  •  Equipment weight:approx. 2.3 tonnes
  • Thickness of moulding layer: 0.08-0.35mm
  • Forming material: resin sand, fine casting mould material, engineering plastics, etc. 
SLS sand 3D printers: LaserCore-5300
sls wax 3d Printer: LaserCore 5300

More Wax Mould 3D Printing Machines

Application Scenario 

LaserCore-5300 is particularly suitable for the following application scenarios:

1. Art casting: For art castings that require high precision and intricate details, LaserCore-5300 is able to print high quality wax patterns to ensure that each piece of artwork meets the designer’s expectations.

Sculpture wax model 3D printing (2)
Sculpture wax model 3D printing

2. Industrial parts manufacturing: In industrial manufacturing, LaserCore-5300 can quickly print high precision wax patterns for parts with complex geometries and thin-walled structures, significantly improving productivity and product quality. 

3D-Printed-Clutch-Housing-Wax-Mold
3D-printed-engine-block-wax-model

Conclusion

As a high-performance SLS wax 3D printer, the LaserCore-5300 is the best choice for lost wax casting with its fast scanning speed, high-precision moulding and efficient printing capability. Whether in art casting, industrial parts manufacturing or small batch production, LaserCore-5300 can provide users with high-quality wax moulds and significantly improve productivity and product quality. 

If you are looking for a wax 3D printer that can meet the demand of high precision and high efficiency, LaserCore-5300 is undoubtedly your best choice. Welcome to contact us for more details and application examples of LaserCore-5300. Let’s work together to promote the innovation and development of lost wax casting process.

Ready for Action?

Contact us anytime for a quick quote.
LET'S GO!
Longyuan AFS Co., Ltd. is a leading provider of 3D printing equipment and manufacturing services in China, providing high-quality R&D pilot production and rapid manufacturing services for small-lot, multi-species and complex structure metal products based on the integrated technology of "3D printing, casting, machining and inspection".

  • Email: sales@lyafs.com
  • Phone:+86 13299265105
  • Add: No.7 Jin Yi Street, Shunyi District, Beijing, China.
Index