Have you ever wondered how some of the most common machines are made? What goes into making these parts? You’d be surprised to know that a lot of the things you use every day are made by investment castings.
What is an Investment Casting?
The investment casting process is ideal for creating a high-volume of parts for a job. It involves a mold making a wax pattern of the part you want to produce. After the pattern is created out of wax, a large tree for casting is made. The tree is just a large wax casting of the pattern that is used to mass produce the part. It looks like the pieces of a model airplane when you take them out of the box for the first time. The tree is dipped in a slurry that allowed the wax to be melted and replaced by molten metal. The molten metal is poured into the tree to make the part, cooled, then the mold is removed to reveal the finished product.
Popular Items Made by Investment Casting
You would be surprised at all of the things you see in everyday life that are made by the investment casting process. From small parts in everyday machinery to large components of things used by people every day — castings are all around you. Some of the most popular items made by investment casting are:
- Golf clubs
- Ornate machine parts
- Parts to kitchen appliances
- And much more
Given that investment casting can produce a wide variety of parts when it comes to sizes, there is an even greater variety of the things these parts can go into. When it comes to mass producing parts, this method is the best method.
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