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  • Reduction of production rejects
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Investment Casting: What it is

The investment casting process, also called lost wax microfusion, begins by building the mould to produce wax models. Afterwards the wax models, obtained by injecting semi liquid wax into the mould using special presses, are assembled on supports forming the so-called cluster and spouts are added. The cluster is submerged several times in a ceramic blend, coated with refractory and dried materials. It is then inserted in an autoclave to melt and for the wax to come out and then fired in a heating furnace.  The molten metal is poured into the ceramic shell, and, after solidification and cooling, the cluster is released from the ceramic shell, sanded and truncated, thus obtaining a casting ready for the following treatments and processes.

Investment Casting Simulation: How it works

Lost wax casting simulation, starting from the creation of the shell to spillage in the atmosphere or vacuum. 

In Investment Casting, radiation is a decisive factor in the evolution of solidification and the formation of shrinkage porosity. This is why ProCAST is the only simulation software capable of taking account of two radiation elements: emissivity and view factors.

ProCAST can automatically generate a mesh representing the shell mould suitable for Investment Castings & Shell Moulding processes.

Furthermore, it has dedicated features to address the specific needs of investment casting foundries, like allowing for non-uniform shell thickness to be blended and multiple shell layers to be created. Also, radiation with view factors, including shadowing effects critical for high-temperature alloys, are considered.

ProCAST is the most advanced Investment Casting simulation software. It offers a complete suite of modules and foundry tools to meet all of today’s industrial requirements. Based on the powerful finite element technology (FEM), ProCAST allows performing predictive evaluations of the entire process of the casting, including filling and solidification defects, mechanical properties and the complex distortion of the part. It allows you to quickly view the effects of design modifications and provides a basis for a correct decision-making process, from the initial production stages. ProCAST can model all casting processes of all pourable alloys, and also addresses other important production processes of the foundry, such as core blowing and heat treatment.

ProCAST Investment Casting simulation software was designed to help the user cut costs and reduce time to market.

For the purchase, hire or a DEMO of the software or if you want to take advantage of a simulation service specially-made by our technical department, write or call us at +39 030 3365383

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