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JSears06 Apr 2019 1:44 p.m. PST

I've been working with Zbrush and thinking about getting some of my models 3D printed as high quality masters for creating molds for standard metal casting.

I believe SLA printing produces the highest quality prints for masters, but wanted to see if anyone had advice on vendors or techniques. Shapeways doesn't offer SLA printing, so I'm searching for a vendor who does.

Any tips appreciated. Thanks!

Thresher0106 Apr 2019 4:26 p.m. PST

CinC machining would seem to be best for many things, but apparently it is very expensive.

A pity there doesn't seem to be the same level of interest/innovation in that for home modelers, or small businesses, at least as far as I can tell.

I've never seen any info on it in the news.

Harwood Hobbies Sponsoring Member of TMP08 Apr 2019 8:29 a.m. PST

I use these guys to print masters:

thehawk08 Apr 2019 2:45 p.m. PST

I have used Shapeways FUD for 28-40mm masters. Works OK for spin casting. If spin casting, make sure the design is reviewed by the spin caster before printing as not every design can be cast.

If doing it for personal use I'd just buy a resin printer.

JSears08 Apr 2019 6:54 p.m. PST

Won't the layer lines on FUD show up when spin cast?

thehawk09 Apr 2019 3:08 a.m. PST

What layer lines?

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