Benefits of 3D Printing for Investment Casting

Engineering.com | March 01, 2019

Benefits of 3D Printing for Investment Casting
As the technology matures, it’s becoming clear that the biggest benefits of 3D printing often come about indirectly. This is illustrated most immediately by its applications in prototyping; the ability to iterate designs quickly or produce sample parts for customers has led to better products, even though most of those products are not themselves 3D printed. Additive manufacturing (AM)-3D printing in production-is coming along, but some of the best examples of its use are still indirect.
Based on lost-wax casting, investment casting is a positively ancient manufacturing technique. Dating back approximately 5,000 years, the process involves multiple steps but the idea is simple: a hollow cast is made from a mould based on a master pattern; that cast is then covered with a fire-proof mould, which is heated and processed to remove it.

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