Lost-wax casting is a technique that dates back to ancient times. Among the best-preserved examples from antiquity are the Bronzes of Riace.
The lost-wax casting method is used in the fashion and jewellery industry: a reproduction of the piece is created in wax or using 3D printing. Additional pieces, casting channels and uprights are then added, creating the tree, also made of wax. The shaft, also known as the “cluster”’, is placed in a cylinder that is filled with refractory material. The cylinder undergoes two heating cycles, the first to remove the wax from the cavity, the second to pre-heat the plaster so that the liquid metal can be poured into the cylinder avoiding gaps and cold joints.
After the metal poured inside the cylinder has solidified, the plaster is broken away and the various pieces are separated from the column. The item is finished off with post-casting surface operations. The quality control department then inspects the item and certifies its conformity.
ProCAST software is dedicated to the fashion and jewellery industry. ProCAST digitises the injection of wax into the rubber mould and focuses on digitising casting and solidification.
The aim is to eliminate casting tests, which are carried out on the computer with ProCAST
The software can provide the elongation % map
ULTIMATE TENSILE STRENGTH
The simulator provides the map of the Ultimate Tensile Strength of the Component “As Cast” and after Heat Treatment
The simulator provides the map of the Yield Stress of the Unfinished Component and after Heat Treatment
The simulation can indicate the Hardness that can be obtained and its profile through its thickness
The casting simulator shows the map of the SDAS (Secondary Dendrite Arm Spacing), a useful indicator of component performance