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Precision Investment Casting Manufacturers and Companies

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  • Cleveland, OH 440-250-1900

    For over 30 years, we have provided metal forged products for a wide variety of industries, including the aerospace, military, food service, medical, and automotive industries. Our customers know they can trust our forgings for quality and affordability. We will never try to make you pay more than you should for our products. Contact us by phone or email to find out more!

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  • Waterville, OH 419-878-8156

    It is our goal to provide our customers with the best precision investment casting in the business. We make it our business to ensure that your business is operating at top efficiency and profitability. We have over 6 decades of industry experience that we use to benefit our customers, including in-house tooling. You can learn more by visiting our website or calling us today!

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  • Montrose, MN 763-675-3169

    Established in 1983, Craft Pattern & Mold's foundry uses investment casting, sand casting, rubber plaster casting and spin casting to produce high-quality prototypes or do short-run production. For our customers' castings, we use aluminum, ductile iron, gray iron, zinc or stainless steel.

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  • Honeoye Falls, NY 585-624-4894

    Here at K&H, we use a fine sand mold process and use fine sand and a urethane binder to produce a broad range of products. We are able to prototype permanent mold applications and produce thicker and irregular wall thicknesses. We offer short lead times for prototypes and low volume production castings as well as other in house value added services. For more information, visit our website or call us today! Our design team looks forward to working with you!

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  • Kenilworth, NJ 908-245-2255

    Alloy Cast Products, Inc. was incorporated April 3, 1959. Our focus has always been castings and machine finished parts made from exotic cobalt based alloys, primarily our trademark REXALLOY materials. Extending our four decades of COBALT BASED alloy experience to all companies who are seeking solutions to their wear and corrosion problems has made us known throughout the world.

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Precision Investment Casting

Also referred to as wax casting or investment casting, precision investment casting is a reliable and precise metal casting process which creates complex metal components from a wax pattern (also known as a master die). Components of a wide range of shapes, sizes, and weights can be made from precision investment casting. Types of precision investment casting include stainless steel casting, carbon steel casting, rapid prototype casting, aluminum casting, brass and bronze casting, specialty alloy casting, and off-shore investment casting.

The investment casting process can enable manufacturers to produce accurate dimensional precision parts. Because of this, investment casting is utilized across a variety of industries, such as automotive, dental, medical, aerospace, and jewelry. The fabrication of precision components through the investment casting process can be accomplished easily, with little to no variation between the molded parts. Common Components that can be made through investment casting include braces, medical equipment, automotive engine parts, and high-precision engineering and mechanical parts. There are some applications that require these components to be casted from specialized alloys that would otherwise require additional processes to complete, such as removal of joining lines or joining more than one part together. Precision investment casting is more costly compared to other types of casting methods, but it allows for more flexibility in design, detail, and choices of metal. Furthermore, precision investment casting eliminates the need for additional steps such as welding or finishing, which minimizes the procedure’s overall initial cost.

In order to produce precise components, the investment casting process follows a series of complex steps. The first step involves the creation of a wax pattern, or a master die. The master die is an exact replica of the desired part. Sometimes, the master die can even be the prototype of the part, which is either hand carved or made by machine or by injection molding. Before moving on to the next step, all flaws and imperfections must be removed from the master die in order to make sure it exactly resembles the part to be produced. Using a heated metal tool, the master die is mounted on a wax rod called a sprue. In some cases, one sprue can hold several patterns at once. This cluster is also known as a tree. Once the dies are in place on the sprue, they are repeatedly dipped into the ceramic slurry, or the investment. The investment must evenly coat the entire mold, and it is dipped until it achieves the desired thickness. Alternatively, instead of dipping, the sprue can be affixed in a flask and the investment can be poured around it.

After the mold is immersed into the investment, it is then dried in a furnace or oven. The heat melts the initial wax form and causes it to run out, leaving the desired mold behind. Residue and excess moisture is removed through additional heating. The heating process has the additional benefit of preheating the mold, allowing it to be more evenly coated by incoming molten metal. Once the molten metal is poured into the mold, cooled, and solidified, the investment mold is removed to reveal the precise and seamless final product. This can be done by way of either hammers, dissolving agents, or media blasting vibrations.

Precision investment casting is advantageous to other methods. Precision investment casting can create parts with closer tolerances and a more sleek surface finish than sand casting. This removes the necessity for machining and additional processes, and offers detail capabilities such as the creation of logos and lettering. As opposed to machining, precision investment casting can produce parts over long production runs at a much less cost per piece, and with much less material waste. Investment casting has a much greater amount of precision and accuracy than the metal fabrication process. It is also much less labor intensive, significantly less costly, and allows for a wider variety of metals that can be used. Finally, the metal fabrication process may require more than one piece to be used to construct a part, while precision investment casting allows for the part to be made with only one piece. As opposed to die casting, precision investment casting is more inexpensive, shorter lead times, produces components much closer to the net shape, and allows for a greater amount of flexibility with alloys. This includes ferrous materials that cannot be made with die casting. Finally, investment casting is favored over forging due to its ability to produce parts with cored geometries, which the forging process is incapable of doing.

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