What about lost PVA (watersoluble)?

Discussion in 'Lost PLA casting' started by Fulmen, Apr 3, 2021.

  1. Fulmen

    Fulmen Silver

    I haven't found any resources online, which is a little odd. After all it's readily available in filament form and not too expensive. Hopefully this will eliminate the need for a high-temperature burnout, at least for low-melting metals like pewter and lead.

    Now, being water soluble it will have to be protected during the investment casting. Something like nitrocellulose lacquer should be perfect. I have also seen PCB coatings that will burn off cleanly during soldering.

    The high solubility should also allow for simple vapor smoothing, which is the biggest downside to using PLA. Just look at this little figurine cast in lead:
    The level of detail is incredible, so all the layers stand out like sore thumbs.
  2. Fulmen

    Fulmen Silver

    I have also found a possible substitute for dichloromethane, one of the few solvents said to work on PLA: Dichloroethylene. I have a friend who uses it at work as a DCM replacement, he promised to get me a bottle. Having the ability to vapor smooth PLA would be a great improvement even if the PVA-idea pans out.
  3. myfordboy

    myfordboy Silver

    There is a filament called Polycast designed especially for this. I have used with success as a lost filament type casting.
    prints just like PLA but can be smoothed and stuck with IPA.
  4. Fulmen

    Fulmen Silver

    Thanks. I had kinda given up on specialty products due to price, but that one looks quite affordable. It still needs a burnout, but that's not really a big issue for high temperature casting.

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