3D Printing for Casting

Additive Manufacturing and Metal Casting

How is additive manufacturing disrupting metal casting? A hybrid approach to consider.

Stainless Steel Pelton Runner Created with 3D-Printed Molds and Cores

A manufacturer in India reduced lead time and increased efficiency in delivering castings using sand 3D printing from Voxeljet to create tooling.

Voxeljet's PDB Process Adapts 3D Printing for Casting

Rapid 2019: Voxeljet’s Phenolic Direct Binding (PDB) process produces complex casting molds and cores.

3D Systems ProJet MJP 2500 IC Intended for Investment Casting Wax Patterns

Designed for use by foundries, the 3D printer manufactures wax patterns, eliminating the cost and time of tooling and storage.

New Kimura U.S. Metal Casting Plant Relies Entirely on 3D Printing for Molds and Cores

Printing foundry molds and cores without hard tooling will speed leadtimes and make small quantities of castings affordable, the company says. Its proprietary process advances the detail and finish obtainable from casting using sand 3D printing.

Comparing Conventional and 3D Printing Processes for Sand Casting

New research shows surprising benefits for 3D-printed molds and cores over traditional casting processes.

Hoosier Pattern's 3D-Printed Sand Enables Complex Castings

Rapid 2018: Hoosier Pattern’s 3D-printed sand helps foundries produce complex castings and enables low-volume production and prototyping in a range of industries.

3D Printing Enables Casting in November Issue

The November 2017 issue of Additive Manufacturing magazine features a foundry augmenting its traditional operations with a robotic sand 3D printing system, among other stories.

Foundry Says Robotic Sand Printing a “Game Changer” for Metal Casting

The Hazleton Casting Company augments its traditional foundry operations with additive manufacturing. A new sand 3D printing system is expanding options for the foundry’s customers in areas including legacy tooling, product development and design complexity.

Video: Additive Manufacturing Robot for Foundry Molds

In addition to making either metal or plastic parts, one other production application of additive manufacturing is building in sand to create molds for casting without any need for a pattern.

Pros and Cons of Making Foundry Patterns Via 3D Printing

A new method of pattern making brings various advantages, not the least of which is expanded design freedom. But 3D printing of patterns is not without trade-offs.

Sand Printing’s Side Benefit

A pattern maker is now able to skip the pattern by printing foundry mold components directly in sand. This figurine is a byproduct of the way the company batches the sand-printing jobs for greater efficiency