Investment casting is a manufacturing process in which a wax pattern is coated with a refractory ceramic material. It is one of the first forms of metalworking and is still popular today for many reasons. There are more benefits to investment casting than other metalworking techniques. Here are just a few of the reasons why you should use investment castings for your next project.
Investment casting produces near-net-shape configurations. This offers engineers design flexibility in many types of alloys and the capability of producing precise detail and dimensional accuracy in parts weighing from many pounds to just a few ounces.
Reduction of Production Costs
With the exception of tooling for the wax molds, no large capital equipment is needed to produce this type of casting. The reduction or even elimination of machining operations significantly reduce the cost of production.
Reduction of Assembly
Several parts can be made as one casting. This eliminates the need for fabrication such as welding or mechanical fasteners, thus reducing assembly, handling and inspection costs. Reduction of assembly operations can greatly reduce prices.
Many Alloys to Choose From
Investment castings allow for a ride range of alloys to be used. Aluminum, stainless steel, steel, cobalt alloy, nickel alloy, and iron can all be used. Since there are so many options when it comes to the material that can be used, it provides the ability to have a wide variety of material characteristics to suit almost any application.
Are You Thinking About Using Investment Castings for Your Next Project?
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