Sylatech: Casting metal parts from 3D prints

Sylatech: Casting metal parts from 3D prints


The advantage of using 3D printing is that the
customer has the part in metal within a few days My name is Gordon Gunn I’m the director of marketing at Sylatech which is a design and manufacturing
business with a heritage of 54 years in the design and manufacture
of precision metal components Sylatech has customers across a range of different sectors, predominantly aerospace and defense Sylatech started to use 3D printing and the Ultimaker in order that we could deliver prototype parts
to our customers in a much faster time period Using the Ultimaker we can deliver
prototype parts within a few days The way that we do that is we
take the print from the Ultimaker and put that directly on to one of our wax frames That frame is then put into one of our foundry boxes and an investment plaster fills the box That is then put into an oven and the print is then burned out of the mold The mold is then ready to have the metal
poured to create the casting prototype The advantage of using 3D printing is that the
customer has the part in metal within a few days If modifications are required to that design using 3D printing we can quickly produce
another version of it for a few pounds Once the client is satisfied with the design of their prototype parts, the client then invests in tooling And because of the initial prototypes we know that the chances of any modifications
to the tool, which can be costly, are minimized Before Sylatech started to use 3D printing customers would have to invest upfront in tooling Typically the creation of a tool will take 3 to 4 weeks and can cost anywhere between £2,500 to £4,000 If modifications were required to the tool
that could involve a cost of £500 per change Sylatech first invested in the Ultimaker 2+ Following the success that we had, we
decided to upgrade that to the Ultimaker 3 The PVA afforded us complete design
freedom and we can print literally anything We use the Ultimaker Cura software We could drop a design onto the build plate and
we would get accurate prototypes almost instantly The use of 3D printing has clearly
transformed the way that we do business and we will be continuing to use
3D printing and the Ultimaker on a daily basis to deliver benefits to our customers

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