Z Corporation (Burlington, MA) has launched a metal casting program to develop relationships with metal casting foundries throughout North America. The program establishes a network of Z Corporation customers, pattern makers, and foundries who are involved in the prototyping of metal parts. The program springs from the company's ZCast™ technology, which involves printing metal casting molds directly from digital data. The process drastically reduces the time it takes to produce a casting from weeks to days. The technology can be used to create patterns for the sand casting or investment casting of metal parts. More information about ZCast and the Metal Casting Program can be found at www.zcorp.com.
An in-depth survey of 700 current and future users of 3D printing holds few surprises, but results emphasize some major trends already in progress. Two standouts are the big growth in end-use parts and metal additive manufacturing (AM) most respondents expect.
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