WAX Material properties and characteristics
- Hardness: 50 (Shore "D" Scale)
- Specific Gravity : 0.92
- Specific Density: 0.03472 pounds / cubic inch or, 0.9137 grams / cubic cm
- Flash Point (COC) : ± 575 degrees F
- Melt Point (Ring & Ball Method): 242 degrees F (117C)
- Viscosity 270 degrees F : =3,000cP (estimated until verification)
- Volumetric Shrinkage (for recycling, from melting point to room temp) : 5% typical
- Coefficient of Thermal Expansion (in./in. ºF): 9.5 x 10-5
- Coloring: blue dye, permanent, oil base
What Is WAX Material?
Most polymers leave residues when they decompose – this is a problem for investment casting and can lead to defects on the metal parts. The engineered Wax material is to ensure that it decomposes completely at T > 600 C, leaving a clean mould ready for casting.Another benefit of wax material is that you can use 3D printing to create complex geometries that are simply not possible by tooling.Wax 3D Printing filament designed specifically for metal investment casting.
In traditional investment casting, you need to first make a metal tool to produce wax patterns. The tooling typically takes several weeks at least, with cost starting at thousands of dollars. By using 3D printing and Wax material, you can eliminate the need for tooling, which saves you time and money greatly.
- Wax used for Additive Manufacturing is made of 100% pure castable wax but can have various colours and properties.
- Easy formability
- Good machinability
- Superior Surface Quality
- Clean Burnout
Applications of WAX Material
Wax 3D printer filament is a wax-like thermoplastic which can be used for printing a casting mold and it features an excellent dimension stability.
3D Lost wax casting (or investment casting) is a production process. The cast process mainly allows to create dental molds & produce customizable jewelry of very high quality and 3D design complexity in various printer materials, such as metals.