TECHNIQUES

The choice of the most effective prototype process is determined by the desired mechanical properties that the final component must meet and the tests that it must pass. These requirements will reduce the number of prototyping options available. That is why CIREX offers prototyping techniques without the need for concessions: your product can be cast in any desired steel alloy. We use various prototype techniques that can be applied in the lost-wax process, as replacement for a wax injection mould, to ultimately deliver a steel prototype. These parts are cast according to the serial process, so that the mechanical properties are representative for the final serial production process.

When producing prototypes, CIREX has a choice of techniques to produce 3D models. Among these techniques, we offer: 3D wax printing, Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM), and Universal Binder Jetting (UBJ). The combination of technology and material are the main factors that determine the external properties of the product, such as the dimensional accuracy and surface roughness. It is therefore important to have a clear idea of the prototype’s requirements (Form-Fit-Function). Based on the 3D design and the associated requirements, the CIREX engineers can determine the most suitable prototyping technique for your 3D design.


Generic characteristics

The different techniques used to make prototypes have generic and specific characteristics. The generic characteristics of the printing techniques are listed below:

  • Short delivery time (few weeks)
  • Suitable for production of small numbers with the aim of serial production
  • Product can be cast in all steel alloys
  • Relatively low start-up costs because no wax mold is required: improvements to the product design can be implemented quickly and easily

Wax printing

CIREX is known for making products using the lost wax method, in which the 3D wax models are characteristic to the method. CIREX can …


FDM

CIREX can also produce prototypes using FDM, which stands for Fused Deposition Modelling. This technique …


UBJ

CIREX can also produce prototypes using Universal Binder Jetting, or UBJ. This is primarily interesting …


Silicone mold

In addition to printing 3D wax models, it is also possible to cast wax models using a silicone mold. A silicone mold is …


Prototype mold

If you are looking for a prototyping process to produce a large number of parts with identical dimensions, tolerances, and mechanical and …


DMLS

Besides the casting of steel prototypes from wax or plastic models, CIREX can also produce prototypes using …


Machining

Together with our partners, CIREX can also produce prototypes by means of machining.[PK1]  These prototypes are produced by turning …