What Is an Investment Casting?
Investment casting refers to the ceramics formed around the wax patterns to create a casing for molten metal to be poured. Once the wax patterns are created, they are melted onto a gate system, dipped into slurry and sand to form a layered casing, then replaced with the melted metals such as stainless steel, aluminum, and much more. Below are some short videos with some of the steps in the investment casting process.
How are Investment Castings Made?
Developing investment castings involves creating an original wax pattern, coating the image with plaster and building of successive layers until a strong shell envelopes the model. After melting out the wax, molten steel, stainless steel or bronze will be poured into the mold, creating a perfect duplicate of the original wax pattern. Compared to machining apart, investment casting can economically offer undercuts, high definition, complex detail and a smooth surface finish.
Most often, investment casting is the only way a part can be economically manufactured.
Frequently Asked Questions
Investment castings are used in a wide range of industries, including firearms, food service, gas and oil, as well as the energy industry. While these are some of the industries served through investment casting, they are not the only ones served by Milwaukee Precision Casting. Investment castings can be used for almost anything where steel, aluminum, brass, and many other materials are required.
The Investment Casting Process
Click on any of the steps below for detailed information on the investment casting process.
What Are Lost Wax Investment Castings?
By injecting wax into a permanent-molding die to form wax patterns, investment casting are the solution for many complex parts that are required in large quantities. We produce investment castings in lost wax patterns from a few grams up to 40 pounds, and can economically produce low quantities with manual tooling, or high volumes utilizing multi-cavity automatic molding tools.
The origin of the lost wax investment casting, also known as the lost wax process, stretches back in time to 1100/1700 BC. Works were created from hand sculptured wax patterns with delicate detail. During the post – WWII period, this process evolved and expanded into virtually every industry and marketplace, as seen today.
Why Milwaukee Precision Casting, Inc.?
Our robotic technology allows for efficient shell dipping with less drying time between dips, less breakage and patching, and less ceramic inclusions resulting in high-quality castings with a smooth surface finish for our customers.
Milwaukee Precision Casting, Inc. has been a leading full service foundry since 1993. Our services include quality assurance testing, heat treatments, and non-destructive testing to provide custom investment casting parts that fit your specifications.
Quick Project Turnaround
Our lead times are among the shortest in the industry. All of our parts are made in the USA allowing for quick turnaround times for projects located throughout the country.