Tag: Investment Casting

Rapid Manufacturing with 3D Printed Casting Patterns

The casting process in one form or another has been around for centuries as it fundamentally has remained unchanged; molten metal is poured into a mold and left to cool, creating a metal part. The process today involves several steps and is designed to produce high volumes of casted parts. First a pattern must be […]

Getting Started With Small Batch Production

There are three main types of production flows: continuous flow, batch production, and job production. Continuous flow is utilized to efficiently produce high volumes of identical units like gasoline and cars. Job production is used to create a single unique product every time with an example being a house or an aircraft carrier. Batch production […]

The Ultimate Guide to Manufacturing

Manufacturing can broadly be defined as any process that takes raw material or component inputs, and through processing those inputs, produces a finished product that can be sold to a customer.  It is a broad field that covers many domains; everything that we can see that is not a naturally generated element has been manufactured.  […]

The Definitive Guide to Fabrication

While manufacturing encompasses the broad overall picture of turning raw inputs into a finished product ready to sell to a consumer, fabrication is slightly more focused. Fabrication deals with the making of components and tooling that are ultimately used to build the finished product and is a critical piece of the overall manufacturing process. It […]

How 3D Printing Can Accelerate The Investment Casting Process

What happens when you combine a technology that has been tried and tested for centuries with one that has just emerged in the last few decades? The answer seems to point more and more to increased cost savings, faster lead times and new design possibilities. Investment casting has been in use for centuries and 3D […]