I've been working closely with our Castable Material and know that for someone fairly new to the world of investment casting it can be tricky finding a casting partner to work with a material that might be unfamiliar to them. We have heard from lots of people having great success with our resin, so it's worth taking the time to find the right casting partner.
In this thread please share your recommendations for casting partners who work with Formlabs Castable Resin. I know some of you are casting the material yourself; we'd love to know about your own casting services if available and any advice for people starting out with this kind of process.
Finding a Local Casting Partner to work with your Castable Resin Prints
In general, I've had more productive conversations by looking for local partners that already offer investment casting from 3D Prints, rather than traditional casting foundries. Once you've found someone who looks like they might already be taking advantage of 3D Printing in their production process, contact them to see if they'd be interested in trying to cast a piece you have pre-printed. You should send them the recommended burnout schedule, also available in pdf, to make sure they have appropriate ovens that can ramp to the necessary temperature.
If they're very interested in our resin they may want to try their own burnout schedule on it, which is great, because they may come up with something that works better, but it can require some trial and error. In this case it can be helpful to send multiple prints so they can experiment.
Recommended Casting Partners in the US
I got pieces cast with 5-6 vendors in the US and Asia and rated them on (turnaround time, quality, and cost). From these we originally recommended three companies, but have both edited, and added to the list based on recommendations from the Formlabs community. All companies are interested in working with our material and are happy for you to send your own pre-printed pieces for them to cast. They specialize in precious metals and offer common post-production like polishing and stone setting.
If preparing your own models for casting it's important you fully clean, sand and co-ordinate whether you or they will post-cure your models prior to casting.
We are always on the lookout for new casting partners to recommend to our customers and have been keeping this list up to date so please share your tips, or alert us to any services you provide if you'd like to be included in this list.
Golden Century Casting
We were introduced to Golden Century Casting, based in Florida, by jewelers we met at JIS Miami. Email contact at goldencenturycasting dot com with your unique inquiry. Golden Century cast and manufacture for high end companies, so they are able to individualize each job since they don't take in mass amounts of casting. They manufacture for some of the biggest names you would find in high end stores. This family owned and operated caster are confident that after giving them a try, you won't be able to go anywhere else, especially with Formlabs resins. They ask that you please cure and prep all prints thoroughly before sending.
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