INVESTMENT CASTING ADVANTAGES

WHY IS INVESTMENT CASTING RIGHT FOR YOU?

There are many types of manufacturing processes available, components can be cast using various methods and machined from solid blocks of material. With so many production methods to choose from, why is the Investment Casting manufacturing process the right process for you?

Investment Casting has many benefits, all of which ensuring that your finished components meet all of your requirements. If you require any of the following, Investment Casting may be the production method for you:

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FREEDOM OF DESIGN

One of the key benefits of investment castings is freedom of design. Unlike other casting processes, Investment Casting allows complex parts and components with complex internal designs to be cast. Thin wall sections (just 1.5mm thick in Aluminium components and 2.5mm thick in Steel components) and features such as ‘undercuts’ can be cast with ease, making the process ideal for producing components that have to meet weight requirements. The tooling process associated with Investment Casting means that designs do not have to be altered to incorporate draft angles and taper – not only maintaining design integrity, but also saving time and alteration costs. The process is ideal for creating castings with complex internal detail, and other features such as: cooling fins, cooling pips, PCB guides, sealing grooves, fine detail and lettering.

CHOICE OF MATERIAL

Investment Castings can be produced from a wide range of materials, covering most properties to satisfy your requirements.

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FLEXIBLE SIZE RANGE

The process can be used to cast small parts to parts up to around 600mm in diameter. Even larger parts can be cast, depending on their design and complexity.

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TIGHT TOLERENCES

Tight tolerances can be achieved using Investment Casting allowing designs to be produced with accuracy. The tolerances that can be achieved are ± 0.125 per 25mm.

COMPONENTS WITH INTEGRITY

Components produced through Investment Casting are good sound parts which are not subject to compromised integrity unlike parts produced using other casting methods, such as Sand Casting.

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A FINE SURFACE FINISH

The surface of finished components produced using the Investment Casting Process is measured at 3.2 microns.

Quantity Control

The Investment Casting process can be utilised to produce components in smaller runs as well as in batches with quantities in the thousands. Rapid Prototyping can also be utilised harmoniously with the process to create one off prototype components – allowing you to have a component sample made before production begins.

AFFORDABLE TOOLING

Another benefit of investment castings is affordable tooling. The tooling costs associated with this process are much cheaper than those associated with other casting processes (such as Die Casting). This is due to the fact that dies are machined from Aluminium, not steel. This also provides a secondary advantage, being that any necessary alterations can be made with relative ease – keeping costs and production times as low as possible.

Download our infographic to see a summary of the advantages that investment castings can offer!

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If you have any questions about our Investment Casting services, Machining services, Rapid Prototyping services or Low Cost Sourcing services, please make contact with one of our capable engineers and they will provide you with more information

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