The Widest Range of Casting Services to Address Any Project Need
Casting for Your Rapid Manufacturing Requirements
3Diligent ProdEX’s casting service includes a variety of options to meet your needs, regardless of volume or material. Using our extensive 3D Printing capability to produce high-fidelity master patterns, we deliver outstanding urethane and silicone castings.
If you’re seeking metal castings, 3Diligent ProdEX provides both sand casting and investment casting approaches to support you from prototype to production volumes.
The investment casting service defines the process of pouring molten metal into plaster or ceramic mold with high-heat resistance, letting it fill a custom-designed void in that mold, allowing it to cool, and then removing the solidified part from the mold. Relative to sand casting, this process is especially capable of achieving more delicate features. Typically, the pattern used to create the investment casting mold is created by 3D printing a master pattern and then put the part into a furnace where it can drip out, leaving a perfectly shaped void in which to pour metal.
The cold casting services is the process of mixing metal powder with a translucent casting resin and pouring the mixture into a mold. The finished casting gives the appearance of solid metal. The process is faster and much less expensive when compared to the process of foundry casting molten metal.
In casting, tools are the hard or soft molds used to manufacture components. Hard tools are made of metals such as steel or nickel alloys chosen because they are capable of withstanding thousands of production cycles but are expensive to produce and prohibitively expensive for short-run manufacturing. Soft tools are typically made of composite materials such as silicone, carbon fiber, or fiberglass. In soft tool casting (silicone tool) service the molds are softer than metals. Soft tools do not last as long so you can either make many soft tools (molds) or make one permanent mold. In some cases, you can make many soft tool molds for less than the cost of a single hard tool mold
Silicone Casting Service
There are two types of molds, soft tool and hard tool. In our soft tool casting (resin tool) service, urethane molding produces parts from silicone, which is known as soft tooling. Injection molding produces parts from steel or aluminum, which is known as hard tooling. In soft tool casting (resin tool), a mold is made from urethane, and resin is poured into the cavity to produce the final component. Soft tool molds are considered permanent molds since they are used repeatedly.
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