Can casting investment be reused?

Can casting investment be reused?

Investment casting can be used for a range of products and materials. Depending on the application, investment casting can be suitable for both short and long production runs, and can produce several hundred products at a time. Wax and ceramic materials can be reused throughout the investment casting process.

What are the disadvantages of investment casting?


  • It can be difficult to cast objects requiring cores.
  • This process is expensive, is usually limited to small casting, and presents some difficulties where cores are involved.
  • Holes cannot be smaller than 1/16 in.
  • Investment castings require longer production cycles compared to other casting processes.

How long is investment casting?

Generally, investment casting is a logical choice for a run of 25 parts or more. It usually takes 7 days to go from a fresh wax pattern to a complete casting; the majority of that time is taken up by creating and drying the ceramic shell mold. Some foundries have quick-dry capabilities to produce castings more quickly.

Why is investment casting so expensive?

Relevant factors include dimensional tolerances, surface quality, structural complexity, annual demand, weight and size. These factors will affect the cost of the blank casting. Of course, if these processes fail to meet the requirements, precision castings will not be able to produce them.

What is the difference between investment casting and sand casting?

Investment casting has an expensive pre-production cost to prepare a wax pattern and ceramic shell and finally make smooth finished products. While sand casting has a lower cost than investment casting, it needs an after-the-process to deal with the rough surface of the final product.

What are the common defects of casting?

In die casting the most common defects are misruns and cold shuts. These defects can be caused by cold dies, low metal temperature, dirty metal, lack of venting, or too much lubricant. Other possible defects are gas porosity, shrinkage porosity, hot tears, and flow marks.

Is investment casting accurate?

Investment casting known as lost wax casting is a precision metal casting process as it is capable of making high accuracy and intricately detailed castings compared to similar manufacturing processes such as sand casting.

Is casting permanent?

Permanent mould casting is a process for producing a large number of castings using a single reusable mould. The casting process simply involves pouring molten metal into a mould where it cools and solidifies. This generates a fast solidification rate which produces a fine grain structure in the cast metal.

How accurate is investment casting?

Investment casting can achieve excellent detail and accuracy – in +/- 0.005 inch per inch range. Very little additional machining is necessary for details and features.

What type of wax is used for investment casting?

Runner wax blends are used by investment casting companies when desiring exceptional mechanical strength and lower viscosity. This type of wax has a lower melting point than pattern waxes. So it will drain completely out of the ceramic mold during the dewaxing process without the need to use higher temperatures.

Why is it called investment casting?

The term “invested” historically carries the meaning of “clothed” or “surrounded.” Investment casting employs a shell made of ceramic, plaster, or plastic that is formed around a wax pattern. The wax pattern is melted and removed in a furnace and metal is poured into the shell to create the casting.

How do you remove casting defects?

Prevent shrinkage cavities by improving casting structure

  1. Design a running (gate) system with risers that ensure a continuous flow of molten metal.
  2. Increase local heat dissipation by inserting internal chills, cooling ribs or cooling coils.
  3. Reduce casting temperature to limit the total volume deficit.

What is the investment casting process?

Casting is the key step in the whole investment casting process. After Cooling,Break the ceramic shell and cut the individual investment castings from the sprue. Then remove the excess metal from casting body by grinding.

What is investment casting or lost wax casting?

The ceramic shell molds must be fired to burn out the last traces of pattern material and to preheat the mold in preparation for casting. Usually in the range of 1600-2000 degrees Fahrenheit. That is why investment casting also called “lost wax casting”.

Where can I find investment castings?

•From Egypt and China to modern day manufacturing, investment casting has evolved from an art to a high technology enabler •In our everyday lives, investment castings can be found all around us Questions? Call the Investment Casting Institute at 201-573-9770.

How do you remove excess metal from a cast body?

Then remove the excess metal from casting body by grinding. The heat treatment is usually done after finishing castings.The process can improve the mechanical properties of casting blanks. The main heat treatment processes are: Normalizing, tempering, annealing, hardening and tempering, carburizing.