MadeSolild, Inc. announced the release of a new FireCast Resin, formulated specifically for the casting of metal parts. Best of all, the FireCast resin is compatible with most SLA/DLP 3D printers, including the Form 1+, B9 Creator, and the Deep Imager 5. What makes FireCast so remarkable is the fact that it leaves no ash when it burns out while heated in the investment casting process.
“The MadeSolid team created this formula after seeing a neglected area of the 3D printing industry,” the company explained. “Until FireCast Resin, no casting specific resins have been made for consumer printers, such as the Form1. Pairing FireCast Resin with the influx of lower-priced SLA printers opens the door for casters of jewelry and metal parts to affordably access this technology.”
FireCast has been under beta testing for a while now, as the company had wanted to get the product just right for the consumer market. They worked very closely with an experienced casting group, Mind-2-Matter, to make sure the product met all the standard casting requirements.
For those unfamiliar with the investment casting process (also referred to as lost-wax casting), traditionally a wax model of a ring or other desired object is created. It is then covered in plaster, which creates a mold around it, before being put into an oven to burn the wax away. Liquid metal is then poured into the remaining plaster mold, the plaster is washed out, and the final metal product remains. “Instead of taking the man-hours to hand create a wax model or to send off for a model to be made, it can be printed in a very short amount of time,” Pete Walton, VP of Marketing at MadeSolid told 3DPrint.com. “It also allows access to a huge library of rings online and CAD created rings. Basically, what the printing does is: 1) Save time & money on creating the wax models and 2) create intricate parts only doable through SLA printing.” This may really open the door for the creation of custom jewelry. Now anyone with a SLA 3D printer will be able to create professional looking jewelry and other metal works.