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Alternative Lost-wax casting for complex metal parts

Alternative Lost-wax casting for complex metal parts

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We want to replace our current Lost wax casting process with which we manufacture complex metal parts for Aerospace Industry (Al-Li), with a different, suitable Technology in order to lower cost & time.

Which Technologies would you propose?
Which are the top companies working on those?
How much you think we could save?

RE: Alternative Lost-wax casting for complex metal parts

What metals are we talking about? What is the weight range of the castings?

RE: Alternative Lost-wax casting for complex metal parts

For Aluminum alloy (and zinc thought that's probably not relevant) you could consider rubber plaster molding (also goes by variations on that name) such as I've got before from these folks: http://aljcast.com/

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RE: Alternative Lost-wax casting for complex metal parts

Have you considered 3D printing of moulds and cores?


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RE: Alternative Lost-wax casting for complex metal parts

Making SLS wax masters is one proven option, as is the SLA hollow plastic master process.

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RE: Alternative Lost-wax casting for complex metal parts

arunmrao, Ennomotive is looking for alternative Investment Casting processes, not sand-casting options.

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RE: Alternative Lost-wax casting for complex metal parts

Lost wax casting is also called investment casting. One possible alternative is lost foam casting, also called evaporative pattern casting. Here are some links for more information:

http://www.brp-castings.com/

http://www.generalaluminum.com/capabilities-lost-f...

http://www.e-smarrt.org/FinalReports/Task3_8_MfgAd...

https://www.mercalloy.com/mercury-castings/

http://www.americanfoamcast.com/lostFoam.asp

http://www.foamcast.in/uploads/4/5/2/1/4521329/foa...

RE: Alternative Lost-wax casting for complex metal parts

Impact extrusion or forging

It is better to have enough ideas for some of them to be wrong, than to be always right by having no ideas at all.

RE: Alternative Lost-wax casting for complex metal parts

Some parts there is no substitution of any casting process except lost wax. An example is hot section turbine blades. Air foil shape tolerances and smooth surfaces and extremely complex and tight tolerance cores and super alloy materials requiring vacuum melt and pour. There is no substitute.

Part tolerance is one of the major reasons to use investment castings. You will have to machine more details if the tolerances are tight.

Lost foam casting is investment casting except the investment part is foam part.

Look at your parts being cast using lost wax and review part tolerances and features. Permanent mold casting or die casting are possibilities if the volumes are high enough and the materails are strong enough.

Machine the part from solid is the complexity is not great.

Good Luck

RE: Alternative Lost-wax casting for complex metal parts

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Thanks a lot KENAT, arunmrao, capnhook, TVP, ornerynorsk and BillPSU
for putting so much thought in it, and sharing your knowledge!

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