Material: Stainless Steel AISI 316, AISI 304, 304L, 316L Process: Silica Sol Lost Wax Investment Casting Weight: 2.50 kg Application: Valve Housing
OEM custom stainless steel valve parts by lost wax investment casting process. The 3.1 material certificate could be provided according to EN 10204.
Investment casting, which is also known lost wax casting or precision casting, refers to the formation of ceramic around the wax patterns to create a multi or single part mold to receive molten metal. This process utilizes an expendable injection molded wax pattern process to achieve complex forms with exceptional surface qualities. To create a mold, a wax pattern, or cluster of patterns, is dipped into ceramic material several times to build a thick shell. De-wax process is then followed by the shell dry process. The wax-less ceramic shell is then produced. Molten metal is then poured into the ceramic shell cavities or cluster, and once solid and cooled, the ceramic shell is broken off to reveal the final cast metal object. Precision investment castings can achieve exceptional accuracy for both small and large casting parts in a wide range of materials.
The Advantages of Investment Casting：
✔ Excellent and smooth surface finish
✔ Tight dimensional tolerances.
✔ Complex and intricate shapes with design flexibility
✔ Capability to cast thin walls therefore a lighter casting component
✔ Wide selection of cast metals and alloys (ferrous and non-ferrous)
✔ Draft is not required in the molds design.
✔ Reduce the need for secondary machining.
✔ Low material waste.
The Steps of Investment Casting Process:
During the investment casting process, a wax pattern is coated with a ceramic material, which, when hardened, adopts the internal geometry of the desired casting. In most cases, multiple parts are cast together for high efficiency by attaching individual wax patterns to a central wax stick called a sprue. The wax is melted out of the pattern – which is why it is also known as the lost wax process – and molten metal is poured into the cavity. When the metal solidifies, the ceramic mold is shaken off, leaving the near net shape of the desired casting, followed by finishing, testing and packaging.
What Are The Investment Castings Used For?
Investment castings are widely used in pumps and valves, automobile, trucks, hydraulics, forklift trucks and many other industries. Because of their exceptional casting tolerance and exellent finish, the lost wax castings are used more and more. Especially, the stainless steel investment castings play a vital important role in the shipbuilding and boats because they have strong anti-rust performance.
Casting Tolerance Could Reached by Investment Casting:
According to the different binder materials used for making the shell, the investment casting could be divided into silica sol casting and water glass casting. The silica sol investment casting process have better Dimensional Casting Tolerances (DCT) and Geometrical Casting Tolerances (GCT) than water glass process. However, even by same casting process, the Tolerance Grade will be different from each cast alloy due to their various castability. Our foundry would like to talk with you if you have special request on the required tolerances. Here in the following are the general tolerances grade we could reach both by silica sol casting and water glass casting processes separately:
✔ DCT Grade by Silica Sol Lost Wax Casting: DCTG4 ~ DCTG6
✔ DCT Grade by Water Glass Lost Wax Casting: DCTG5 ~ DCTG9
✔ GCT Grade by Silica Sol Lost Wax Casting: GCTG3 ~ GCTG5
✔ GCT Grade by Water Glass Lost Wax Casting: GCTG3 ~ GCTG5
Materials for Investment Casting Process at RMC Foundry
|Ferritic Stainless Steel||1Cr17, 022Cr12, 10Cr17,||430, 431, 446, CA-15, CA6N, CA6NM||1.4000, 1.4005, 1.4008, 1.4016, GX22CrNi17, GX4CrNi13-4|
|Martensitic Stainless Steel||1Cr13, 2Cr13, 3Cr13, 4Cr13,||410, 420, 430, 440B, 440C||1.4021, 1.4027, 1.4028, 1.4057, 1.4059, 1.4104, 1.4112, 1.4116, 1.4120, 1.4122, 1.4125|
|Austenitic stainless steel||
06Cr25Ni20, 022Cr17Ni12Mo2, 03Cr18Ni16Mo5
|302, 303, 304, 304L, 316, 316L, 329, CF3, CF3M, CF8, CF8M, CN7M, CN3MN||
1.3960, 1.4301, 1.4305, 1.4306, 1.4308, 1.4313, 1.4321, 1.4401, 1.4403, 1.4404, 1.4405, 1.4406, 1.4408, 1.4409, 1.4435, 1.4436, 1.4539, 1.4550, 1.4552, 1.4581,
|Precipitation Hardening Stainless Steel||05Cr15Ni5Cu4Nb, 05Cr17Ni4Cu4Nb||630, 634, 17-4PH, 15-5PH, CB7Cu-1||1.4542|
|Duplex Stainless Steel||022Cr22Ni5Mo3N, 022Cr25Ni6Mo2N||A 890 1C, A 890 1A, A 890 3A, A 890 4A, A 890 5A, A 995 1B, A 995 4A, A 995 5A, 2205, 2507||1.4460, 1.4462, 1.4468, 1.4469, 1.4517, 1.4770|