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FEB 2018

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MODERN EQUIPMENT REVIEW SPOTLIGHT | Additive Manufacturing MMS FEBRUARY 2018 130 It's easy to say your tooling solves problems . It's harder to prove it. We prove it every day. 16 E. Piper Lane Prospect Heights, IL 847-749-0633 Stuck on a tough tooling challenge? Let us help. Heimatec isn't just a world leader in live tools, angle heads and multi-spindle drill heads; we're your source for problem solving and tooling application expertise. With years of hands-on experience and the most innovative tooling, we are your TOTAL solution source. Put us to the test and send us your toughest tooling challenge. 3D Printer Prints Directly Castable Wax Patterns Solidscape, a subsidiary of Stratasys, offers the S500 high-precision 3D printer for precision investment casting and rapid prototyping applications. The system is designed to make the printing of directly castable parts and the creation of custom molds from wax patterns repeatable and scalable. It prints precise wax patterns that can be directly cast in metals and alloys, or used to create silicone or master molds. The S500 3D printer is suitable for industrial casting manufactur- ers who produce high-precision, complex parts requir- ing dimensional accuracy and good surface finishes, the company says. The S500's new Solidjet Technology builds a sup- port structure of solid wax, allowing for organic shapes with undercuts, overhangs, thin walls and interlock- ing parts. According to the company, this technology enables the production of high-integrity castings with good interior and exterior surface finish. Along with a new castable material, Midas, and dis- solvable support material, Melt-I, the 3D printer is said to shorten production time and eliminate the need for expensive tooling. Midas provides a clean burnout with no thermal expansion and is said to be ideal for metal casting, including stainless steel, nickel and various alloys. Melt-I is a non-toxic, hands-free dissolvable support that reduces stress points on shapes with thin walls and delicate details, enabling manufacturers to produce parts with intricate or complex geometries. | Solidscape Inc. | 603-429-9700

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