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    Default Home wax 3D printing business?

    Hi All,

    been stalking this forum for a while, but decided to take the plunge and join as i'm really interested in your thoughts.

    bit of background, i work in a design studio (non jewellery related) which uses a lot of 3D printers for concept models. at the moment the company is selling off a solidscape wax 3D printer at a very reasonable price. my question is, if i was to buy it, is there a business in just producing wax printed models for home jewellery makers? I cant think of better people to ask then the people that use this forum.

    I know there are a few big companies out there doing it, just wondered if it would be a service anyone here would be interested in?

    Cheers,

    Shewdz
    Last edited by shewdz; 28-10-2015 at 12:34 PM.

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    As someone who's actively looking to purchase a 3D printer, I for one would use such a service instead of investing thousands in a printer if you were reasonably priced!

    Nick

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    Depends how you work. Having space models of designs is vastly more useful to me than sending a file away for printing; I can assess the problems with the designs far more readily from a physical model than from a screen.

    At the moment my workflow on that is design, print, mould, shoot waxes then send the waxes away for casting.

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    so there might be a bit of business in it then. as the system isn't going to cost me a massive amount i would ensure my costs would stay competitive. off the top of my head i would suggest between 20-30 for a printed ring, but i would be open to printing just about anything.

    the printer i would use is a solidscape 3Z PRO

    with prices like that would it still be of interest to people?

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    Sounds like a great opportunity - and yes would defo be of interest to me

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    so with a little bit of interest i might give this a go. anyone interested in supplying me with a test CAD file in .STL format? i'll print the part for you and send it you if you just cover the postage. so a few quid for a printed model basically. it would give me a feel for printing jewelry as apposed to the standard stuff i print at work. maybe looking for 2 small jobs from 2 different people? level of complexity shouldn't be an issue as the system can print down to 25micons feature size.

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    I've got a test file I've been using on resin printers if you're interested.

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    We could send a cad file as well

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    Solidscape are great machines but a bit spendy to run and also take a while to print in my opinion but that been said give a great surface and are good to cast. I can also give you a file to try with if you want

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    ok, to sound semi professional i've set up and e-mail account for this. if you three send the files to waxsolutions@mail.com and i'll have a play with them. obviously at this stage i cant guarantee quite how long it will take. all i ask is that i can post pictures of the printed parts on here to hopefully drum up a bit more interest for further work. and of course, lots of further work if your happy with the prints.
    Last edited by shewdz; 06-11-2015 at 12:11 PM.

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