Formlabs has just released their new castable wax resin for jewelry. It allows users to create direct investment casts for producing all sorts of trinkets and accoutrements. As the latest in its line of jewelry-centric resins, this one focuses on intricate detail for desktop printing. Formlabs calls it “ideal for rapidly expanding custom services and production as your business grows“.
Formlabs claim that the material produces zero ash content, instead burning out very clearly. “Castable Wax Resin accurately captures intricate features and offers the smooth surfaces stereolithography 3D printing is known for.”
The company worked very closely with various manufacturing partners to workshop its material characteristics. Chinese, Japanese and Indian jewelry manufacturers made sure that the resin would be suitable for a range of complex jewelry items such as pavé pieces and large filigree bracelets. These items are quite popular in those regions.
Wax Resins for Jewelry
This particular Jewelry printing wax is more professionals and serious, experienced users. While the process is complex enough, it’s also quite expensive. Formlabs also recommends particular investments for the cast, naming R&R’s Ultravest Maxx in particular. Needless to say, it’s not for hobbyists but for those who already know what they’re doing.
The wax also makes life easier in terms of post-curing, in that it only requires a wash in isopropyl alcohol. The part comes out clean, requiring very little in terms of post-processing. The resin comprises of 20% wax filling, which allows for the cleaner burnout that it creates. The printed parts are suitable for both custom fitting and also final production.
The wax resin supports a print resolution of 50 to 25 microns. At current rates, Formlabs is selling it for 301.29 Euros per litre on their website. Want to know more about the resin? Formlabs produced an in-depth usage guide, available right here.
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