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Prototyping Investment Casting Sample Parts to Reduce Costs

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Prototyping Investment Casting Sample Parts to Reduce Costs

Sylatech combined with Ultimaker are able to prototype sample parts for its customers, allowing them to test designs without having to invest in tooling ahead of the lost wax investment casting manufacturing process. This improves time and cost savings significantly as fewer tooling modifications are necessary. Partnered with the Ultimaker brand, Sylatech can use a 3D printed model for the creation of sample parts within the investment casting process and a customer can now receive a prototype cast part in a matter of days.

For more information on the Sylatech/Ultimaker partnership, please contact your area sales representative today at Castech (UK) Ltd on:
Tel No. 01234 391973


At Sylatech, traditionally the design engineers would not be able to thoroughly test the practicality and functionality of their designs without going down the route of investing in tooling for the investment casting process. The tooling process would normally take  between 3-4 weeks to complete and customers would absorb a cost of between £2,000-£4,000 per tool. Tools would require further modification due to customer design alterations and this could cost the customer between £500-£900.


Ultimaker combined with the Sylatech casting process, can offer its very own customers a cost sufficient prototyping solution. The tooling process would take 3-4 weeks to complete whereas a 3D print can be achieved in matter of hours. By printing 3D synthetic masters to investment cast, customers have seen the requirement for tool mods fall and have an accelerated placement of tooling orders for production.

Cost Comparison of the yacht propeller as pictured above

Traditional tooling approach

Ultimaker 3D printing

Project development cost    £17,100 Project development cost    £660
Project development time    4 weeks Project development time    5 days


Please send Castech (UK) your enquiries via email or give us a call if you would like to discuss your requirements.

E: [email protected]

T: 01234 391973

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