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How can I make a stamp (or casting mold) from a design I made in Illustrator? Answered

I am trying to make an intricate casting mold of an image I designed in Illustrator.  I do not want to carve it and I do have the ability to print a transparency of it.

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Aerospaced (author)iceng2012-02-24

Yep wax.....If your going to cast it from metal you will have to use wax.

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rickharris (author)2012-02-20

What do you want to cast it in?

If you image is 2D a I suspect then you will need to give it some depth either in reality - sculpting or in a 3d drawing package.

There is software around that can give a 3D impression of a 2D image but the results are nt very deep - perhaps 1 mm or so.

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mjhaffeman (author)rickharris2012-02-20

I plan to cast it in brass. I will make a plaster mold of it. I thought that making a rubber stamp and then casting that. I know various photographic processes fairly well and I thought there may be a photosensitive polymer that I could expose with the image.

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rickharris (author)mjhaffeman2012-02-20

It all depends how thick you think this should be - You could use the same technology as used to etch printed circuit boards but the image would only be 0.5mm deep or so.

You could get someone with a CNC system to engrave it for you as deep as you want . Lots of engineering companies can do this now as well as a lot of schools.

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