14/08/2022

When To Use Investment Casting

More often than not, it’s likely that investment casting will be the go-to casting method for the production of your components, parts, and applications. It’s important to consider all variable factors before proceeding with the right casting method for you such as the number of parts, repeatability requirements, investment costs, and more. The great thing about investment casting, in particular, is that it is commonly used across multiple industries and sectors such as automotive, aerospace, defence, and general industry. We understand there is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to casting and production which is why we’ve put this comprehensive blog post together that covers when investment casting would be the best option for you.

In this latest blog post we’ll be outlining exactly when to use investment casting…

High Precision Parts

If you require high precision parts, investment casting is a great option. Investment casting is also commonly referred to and known as precision casting, which just backs up our point with no questions asked! For parts that you need designed to high accuracy and precision, as well as complex shapes, there is no better casting method. Moreover, investment casting also promises to meet tight tolerances which helps to perfect your requirements.

When Cost Is Important

If you’re looking for a casting process that keeps waste and costs to a minimum investment casting is ideal. Most investment cast components won’t require further machining, unlike alternative manufacturing methods, which will help keep your costs down further. It is a simple process and relatively quick and easy to repeat manufacture parts once the initial tooling has been sorted. Investment casting is able to achieve a high quality casting which also reduces rework and scrap. So for a cost-effective component manufacturing option that doesn’t compromise on quality or accuracy, there is really no better choice.

For High Volume Orders

Repeatability and consistency is one of the most notable benefits of investment casting that allows for high volume orders to be completed to a consistently high standard. Investment casting is one of the best casting methods for high volume orders, especially if you need the same part casted and produced time and time again.

To Achieve Smooth Surface Finishes

You may also want to consider investment casting if you’re looking to achieve exceptional smooth finishes for products, parts, and applications. Quality finishes are an essential requirement for many industries we work with, such as automotive and aerospace, and can be easily achieved with investment casting processes. Unlike alternate casting methods, investment casting is proven to achieve near net shapes with either very little or no machining.

When Using Different Materials

Investment casting allows for several different parts and components to be cast in several different metals (for both ferrous and non-ferrous metals). This type of casting offers many more options than alternate casting methods with materials able to be casted that machining would otherwise find increasingly difficult to achieve. Different types of metals that can be casted include ferrous metals (steel, cast iron, aluminium, copper, lead) and non-ferrous metals (zinc, titanium, nickel).

Why Choose Precision Investment Castings Ltd?

Precision Investment Castings are one of the longest serving manufacturers of investment casting in Europe with well over 70 years of experience and a wealth of knowledge behind us. We are able to provide investment casting for a number of industries including aerospace, automotive, defence, and many more. We specialise in high integrity castings for both ferrous and non-ferrous materials for our single base in the UK. 

We have a wide range of in-house machinery and testing capabilities including rapid prototyping, heat-treatment, mechanical testing, non-destructive testing, spectrographic analysis and coordinate measuring.

Further reasons to choose Precision Investment Castings for investment casting include;-

  • 5-star rated business
  • Full project management provided
  • Fully accredited from BSI & NADCAP
  • Rigorous processes & testing

Contact Us Today

Ready to get started with your investment casting project? If so, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today by calling us now on 0161 925 5160 or use our online contact form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.