Save Money with Investment Casting
Investment Casting is a superior process that offers substantial cost reduction in supply chain management, such as sourcing management, transportation, logistics, welding/assembly process cost, match/fitup issues, scraps and more. It can also reduce labor time, as well as significantly reducing wall thickness while generating parts that are consistent and smooth. The drastic drop in labor time reduces lead time and also cost of castable applications. This makes it a cost-effective alternative to multiple-piece weldment or assembly operation. A consistent casting process can also lead to a more efficient shipping frequency, in addition to, lowering costs even further through better function and lower scrap
As we discussed in Part 1 of our series, the freedom of design that comes with Investment Casting reduces secondary machining time and also drastically reduces material and processing cost. Investment Casting also allows for the finest details to be cast while saving on materials and energy during the course of production, and it can open doors to great cost reduction in manufacturing such as in reducing the number of stages in a project. During the production of highly complex, intricate parts or assemblies, no other fabrication technique can equal the cost-efficiency of investment casting.
Other processes can have a significantly higher cost of materials used for required tooling and fixtures. Investment Casting provides alternatives for tooling materials, such as Aluminum which are less expensive and are easier to cut and maintain. This causes a reduction in start-up costs, which in turn reduces the cost of the process as a whole. Investment Casting also uses wax, which goes easy on tooling, allowing it to maintain consistent parts for subsequent uses. In addition, tooling for Investment Casting has a long-life span, usually lasting for tens thousands of parts or more before a replacement tooling is required.
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