Thanks for visiting the site!
So here goes - if you have more questions, contact me off list - I
hate the fact that I sound like a salesman ;-)!! As far as
consumables, I don’t have any feeling that the company will be
disappearing any time soon - the only thing you are “locked” into is
the wax disc - which would be a simple shape to cast yourself if
necessary (think candlemaking in the 70’s). Not ideal, but you’d be
Sounds like your dad is a good guy to know. I agree - it is not too
difficult to create an inert atmosphere - but something big enough to
also support casting of materials best suited to an inert process
would take up quite a bit of space. And it would be used for so few
things…and boy, talk about locked into specific parts purpose
built for something!
As far as price for setting up a casting studio - when I researched
what it would take to cast most of the common alloys and produce
castings (as well as molds), cost is actually higher than you
suggest - sure, you could probably have a bare bones setup that would
not account for production or moldmaking at around $1500, but once
you look at a system designed for production of small runs, that
offers vacuum and centrifugal as well as mold making, you are at
least $3500, but more like $3800-4000.
But - and here it is again - I’m getting better results out of this
machine than any other machine I have used. As an apprentice, we did
contract casting of golds for several customers, and this was with
vacuum - which was my first logical choice when adding casting to my
studio. But after careful research, and talking to others who owned
the system, the Ti-Research system was the system suited to MY
needs. It sounds to me like it is not suited to your needs, and I
respect that. It’s good to know limits, and to follow your business
As far as your questions why it cost so much - you’d have to contact
the company for specifics, but in my simple terms, I’d say, “because
it works better.”. The castings out of this small, space saving
machine are of higher quality than the other small studio vacuum and
centrifugal castings that I have seen and made. The safety is great,
and the much smaller sprue is also an advantage if casting precious
The moldmaking system provides you with very high quality molds,
that are also RTV, so you can take impressions of parts that normally
heat would damage.
And, in case I did not mention it before, it takes up very little
And - it works better.
I’d be curious to hear of others results who own the ti-research
machine - I think by now we all know I like it!
Chris Ploof Studio