Deep in the Heart Foundry in Bastrop, Texas, USA
On Gigabot, we’re currently working on 16 dinosaurs – some up to 40 feet long. We’re directly going from printing finished panels to casting. 3D printing eliminates a lot of steps in the bronze casting process. Normally the piece is sculpted at full scale, molded, and then cast through the lost wax casting process.
I’ve got our Gigabot running 24 hours a day now. When you’re a small business like us, spending $150k on a high-end 3D printer is a very hard decision to make. For us, Gigabot was reasonable, we could afford to buy it, and in our situation, it’s putting out the quality level that we need.