D.W. Clark utilizes 3D printing to rapidly and cost effectively produce pattern tooling and direct printed molds. When people first hear, “3D printing,” their thoughts often go straight to the end-product with printed parts in metal and plastic. Depending on the needs of the project, we can print tooling over a weekend to be ready for a production run the following week. For prototypes and production runs of precision sand castings, we have two large format 3D mold printers that can have 3D printed molds ready for casting overnight, without any tooling required. Through our 3D mold printing casting process, neither of these applications require any changes to the casting material properties or specifications and we’re able to dramatically reduce the lead time, and often the cost, of a standard pattern tooling and casting process.
We use 3D mold printing casting for rapid prototype production and emergency shortages, and also employ 3D printed molds for precision sand casting to create better and more exact molds for casting. 3D printing technology can be used to lower tooling costs, provide ultra-fast delivery and achieve part geometries that cannot be made with traditional tooling.