Technology

Somos® TetraShell™

DSM Somos TetraShell software converts solid 3D design files into lightweight, hollow models that can be 3D printed using stereolithography to create high-quality patterns for investment casting or lost wax casting. As well as being well suited for creating prototypes, these 3D-printed patterns are ideal for tool validation and for casting small series of metal components.

Close-up view of circular parts cast from patterns created using the Tetrashell technology in TuskXC2700T

Why work with Materialise Manufacturing?

Pairing TetraShell software with Materialise's stereolithography expertise lets you create high-quality, 3D-printed patterns for your investment casting or lost wax casting projects, eliminating the need for time-consuming and expensive tool production. With our patented Mammoth printers, you can even print patterns up to two meters long in a single build, reducing the risk of surface flaws.

Discover applications of Somos TetraShell

Small rotor produced from patterns made using the Tetrashell technology in TuskXC2700T
With 3D-printed foundry patterns, you get a fast, economical, and flexible solution for small series production of metal parts.
Circular part cast from patterns created using the Tetrashell technology in TuskXC2700T
Pairing Somos TetraShell software with stereolithography eliminates the need for time-consuming and costly tooling.
Replica of a korous bust cast from patterns created using the Tetrashell technology in TuskXC2700T
Sculptures are an ideal application for TetraShell software, especially as Materialise's Mammoth stereolithography printers allow for patterns of up to two meters long.
Close-up view of a part created using the Tetrashell technology in TuskXC2700T
Printed using stereolithography, patterns have an excellent surface finish, resulting in high-quality cast metal prototypes or end-use parts.

Technical specifications

Maximum build dimensions

The maximum build envelope is 2,100 x 700 x 800 mm

Standard accuracy

±0.2% (with a lower limit on ±0.2 mm)

Materials

For Somos Tetrashell projects we use TuskXC2700T. 

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