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Saturday, April 16 • 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Casting of 3-D Printed Models: Methods, Materials, and the Role of Design

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Jewelry manufacturers increasingly are integrating digital casting models into their production processes with a wide variety of machines and materials from which to choose. There is a significant body of evidence, both anecdotal and documented, indicating that digital model materials have varying degrees of success in casting. The root causes of related defects are not well understood, leaving the industry plagued with speculation and a variety of homegrown methods aimed at addressing these problems.

This presentation will share original research using controlled studies to understand the casting behaviors of several model materials, including an evaluation of dimensional movement experienced by these materials when subjected to firing.  In addition, we will show how we track related casting defects to their root causes through observations of defect size and shape. 

In this session, you will learn how to optimize product quality when casting with digital models, and

  • Receive information regarding the root causes of failures in precious metal castings that can cost jewelers unnecessary time, expense, and reputation. 
  • Take an in-depth look at the root causes of casting failures related to digital models.
  • Leave this session with information and tools to help avoid and/or address casting failures when working with digital models. 

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Teresa Frye

President, Tech Form Advanced Casting Technology
Teresa Frye is the owner and President of TechForm Advanced Casting Technology. In the early 90s, her firm introduced to jewelry manufacturing the high-temperature casting methods used by the aerospace industry. A leading expert on jewelry casting and a prolific researcher, Teresa... Read More →

Saturday April 16, 2016 3:45pm - 5:00pm CDT
Room 313