Agile Manufacturing Inc.’s Expansion: Harnessing the Power of 3D Systems SLA Machines for Quickcast Investment Casting Patterns without cost or lead time of Tooling
As a leader in the additive manufacturing industry, Agile Manufacturing Inc. is committed to staying at the forefront of technological advancements. In line with this commitment, Agile has recently expanded its Stereolithography (SLA) business by leveraging 3D Systems’ advanced SLA machines for the production of Quickcast investment casting patterns for cast metal test parts or low volume production without the cost and lead time of wax molds or tooling. The recent expansion has Agile’s SLA fleet at 14 3D System’s machines including a iPro 9000 XL (59” x 30” x 19”) 2X iPro 8000’s (30” x 26” x 22”) 4X ProX 800’s (30” x 26” x 22”) 4X ProJet 7000’s (15” x 15” x 10”) and 3X ProJet 6000’s (10” x 10” x 10”) running a wide range of SLA resins: Accura ClearVue for the Quickcast patterns and Polycarbonate like parts, Accura 25 for ABS plastic like parts, AMX Black for end use parts and Accura XTW for PCABS like parts.
Agile Manufacturing Inc. has long recognized the potential of Stereolithography as a powerful 3D printing technology. SLA has been an integral part of Agile’s service bureau offerings, allowing the company to provide high-quality, intricately detailed parts to its clients. 3D Systems invented 3d printing with the advent of SLA. Agile and 3D Systems are both renowned names in the world of additive manufacturing. SLA parts are used for everything from sales to engineering review, form fit and functional and in many cases end use parts. Now Agile is able to create Quickcast patterns with unparalleled cost effectiveness, accuracy and efficiency for Canadian and American customers alike.
Quickcast patterns are hollow investment casting patterns used in the aerospace, automotive, and medical industries. These patterns are designed to facilitate the rapid production of metal parts with complex geometries in a matter of days. Agile works with foundries to convert these Quickcast patterns into finished cast metal parts in a wide range of metals.
Advantages of 3D Systems SLA Machines for Quickcast Patterns
- Improved Accuracy and Surface Finish: this results in Quickcast patterns that can produce high-quality metal castings with minimal post-processing requirements.
- Faster Production Times: The speed and efficiency of 3D Systems’ SLA machines enable Agile to produce Quickcast patterns more quickly, reducing lead times and improving overall customer satisfaction.
- Size: Agile can product Quickcast patterns in a single part up to 29” x 26” x 21” and bigger patterns when sections can be assembled.
Agile Manufacturing Inc.’s expansion of its Stereolithography business using 3D Systems SLA machines for Quickcast patterns showcases the company’s dedication to innovation and customer satisfaction.