By: Joanna Carbajal
Using 3D printed patterns we are able to investment cast metal parts. There are various advantages to using additive manufacturing for casting such as:
A final part can be manufactured in only 2 days.
With the use of an induction furnace, we have more control of the melting process, and we are able to melt metal in a fraction of the time.
We are able to melt metals with higher melting points like stainless steel.
We are able to create metal parts with complex geometries.
Metal casting is covered by existing certification and industry standards.
Metal casting using additive manufacturing molds is more cost-effective than current commercially available metal additive manufacturing tools.
Specifications for cast metal parts:
- Current Technology: investment casting.
- Future Technology: ceramic shell casting for ferrous and non-ferrous metals as well as larger parts.
- Dimensions: 3.5 inches in diameter by 6 inches in height
- 3% error from CAD to finishing
Materials for cast metal parts:
At Ivaldi, we are continuously attempting to improve our technology to be time and cost efficient. We are also constantly updating our technology to better serve the maritime industry. We are working on casting in stainless steel. This is a difficult metal to produce parts with. When used in conventional manufacturing, it creates a lot of waste. By using additive manufacturing, we will be able to reduce wasted stainless steel.