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Investment Casting Testing

Investment Casting Testing

An important factor in ensuring high-quality, on-spec parts is investment casting testing. There are a variety of testing procedures to evaluate different aspects and characteristics of a casting. PPCP utilizes more than a dozen tests ranging from Spectrographic...

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Low-Alloy Steel Investment Castings

Low-Alloy Steel Investment Castings

When steel with specialized properties is needed, low-alloy steel investment castings may be the best production option. Low-alloy steel is made by enhancing the steel with precise amounts of various ingredients, such as molybdenum for strength, silicon and manganese...

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Stainless Steel Investment Castings

Stainless Steel Investment Castings

Stainless steel investment castings offer manufacturers multiple high-value benefits. It is often ideal for specialized applications requiring robust corrosion-resistant characteristics, which enable it to retain its integrity in even the harshest conditions....

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Investment Casting Firing

Investment Casting Firing

In investment casting, the process of turning slurry-covered wax patterns into hardened molds is called investment casting firing. The patterns are placed in high-temperature ovens that heat to approximately 1,800º F. This is hot enough to solidify and harden the...

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Investment Casting Sprue

Investment Casting Sprue

Some people are unfamiliar with the term “investment cast sprue,” but it is a very important part of the precision casting process. A sprue is a hollow structure that allows multiple parts to be cast at one time. It connects two to several individual wax patterns,...

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Investment Casting Tooling

Investment Casting Tooling

Investment casting tooling is an extremely important part of the production process. It is referring to the design and production of the metal form that is used to inject the wax patterns of the desired parts. These precise, high-quality tools can be used for a very...

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Investment Casting Photomicrographic Analysis

Investment Casting Photomicrographic Analysis

When quality and precision are of the highest priorities, manufacturers should consider utilizing investment casting photomicrographic analysis. This testing and evaluation process is used to identify an array of casting characteristics, including defects,...

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Investment Casting with Monel

Investment casting with Monel alloys offers a variety of benefits. These nickel alloys were invented in 1901 and named after Ambrose Monell of the International Nickel Company. Monel alloys are made of up to 67% nickel, copper and smaller amounts of carbon, manganese,...

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Investment Casting Consistency

Investment Casting Consistency

Manufacturers who must have parts that reliably meet specifications often opt for investment casting consistency. Investment casting’s near-net-shape process produces part after part and run after run that are nearly identical. The quality and precision of the tooling...

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Measuring Surface Roughness of Investment Castings

Measuring Surface Roughness of Investment Castings

For many applications, measuring the surface roughness of investment castings is a critical success factor. Surface roughness can be measured utilizing the Ra – Roughness Average – or the RMS – Root Mean Square. Under high magnification, microscopic peaks and valleys...

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Project Planning with Investment Casting

Project Planning with Investment Casting

If you are designing a new part or are reviewing your current production process, you should consider adding PPCP to your team for project planning with investment casting. Bringing in PPCP’s seasoned, expert foundry professionals early in the process adds an...

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Investment Casting for Food & Beverages

Investment Casting for Food & Beverages

Utilizing investment casting for food and beverages is an excellent choice because of its many benefits and advantages. The process is ideal for producing the stainless-steel parts that are needed in the food industry for sanitation and reliability. The range of...

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Investment Casting with Aluminum Alloys

Investment Casting with Aluminum Alloys

For many manufacturers, utilizing investment casting with aluminum alloys offers significant benefits over other metals. One of the biggest potential benefits is that aluminum is about one-third the weight of steel. It is also completely impermeable to odor and ...

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Centrifugal vs. Investment Casting

Centrifugal vs. Investment Casting

Centrifugal and investment casting are two different processes utilized for making near-net-shape, high-quality components. The key difference is that investment casting relies on gravity to flow the molten alloy throughout the mold, while centrifugal casting employs...

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Casting Size Matters

Casting Size Matters

When choosing a process for producing your parts, keep in mind that the casting size matters; particularly die casting. Die casting certainly has some features that could be appealing for certain applications, however, it is typically more limited by the casting size...

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Choose Your Foundry Carefully for Aluminum Casting

Choose Your Foundry Carefully for Aluminum Casting

Specialized alloys offer invaluable benefits in many cases, but it is important to choose your foundry carefully for aluminum castings. That is because utilizing aluminum requires extensive expertise, capabilities and experience. Consider the following:   Molten...

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Tooling Cost for Investment Casting

Tooling Cost for Investment Casting

A frequently asked question is what is the tooling cost for investment casting? There is no question that investment casting requires a significant tooling cost at startup. But that cost brings benefits that more than compensate for the initial outlay of capital. For...

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Investment Casting with Duplex Stainless Steel

Investment Casting with Duplex Stainless Steel

When manufacturers have specialized needs, it is a good idea to consider investment casting with duplex stainless steel. Some applications require either austenitic (non-magnetic) or ferritic (magnetic) stainless steel alloys. These duplex stainless steels have...

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