3D Systems, a leading manufacturer of professional and industrial-grade additive systems, announced the ProJet MJP 2500 IC 3D printer, optimized for printing foundry wax models.
The new machine serves as an addition to the ProJet MJP 2500 line of Multi Jet Printing (MJP) 3D printers and is optimized to work with VisiJet M2 ICast material. The material consists of paraffin with the addition of photopolymer resins and is not inferior to standard foundry waxes. The build area size of the ProJet MJP 2500 IC 3D printer reaches 295x211x142 mm with an output of up to 205 cc/h. The proprietary 3D Sprint package is used as software for editing, preparing models for printing and workflow management.
The global investment casting market is nearly $14 billion. Developers expect the new system will significantly reduce the cost of making wax models. Consulting firm Mueller Additive Manufacturing Solutions cites the example of a $6,050 wax model of a cam mechanism, whose 3D-printed counterpart costs only about $25 with a significant reduction in time costs – from days or even weeks to a few hours.
Projected applications for the ProJet MJP 2500 IC include rapid prototyping with mockups and functional parts, dental bridge fabrication, and small- to medium-scale metal component production with the ability to reduce final product weight through topological optimization and combining assemblies into single parts.
Read more in this review from Top 3D Shop.