The folks from Solidscape dropped by the DCRL at UWM to talk about their 3D printers that can print with wax. These are typically used in the jewelry industry for lost wax casting, but also used in the medical, dental and engineering fields.
The resolution of the prints was simply amazing. They’ve also got some unique things that their printers do, like milling the build plate flat before each print.
Their machines are not cheap, starting at $25,000 and going up to $55,000, but the quality is pretty amazing, and depending on your needs, that price may be cheap.
Obviously lost wax casting in metal is a prime use of these pieces, but there were a lot of other applications mentioned, including multiple methods of creating silicone molds.
The details was pretty amazing, and not even in the same ballpark as what I’ve seem from any FDM printer. If you get a chance to see the output from a Solidscape printer, do it. It’s pretty impressive!