Eagle Group Blog | Investment Casting

    CAST IN STEEL: Student Teams Compete to Cast the Best Steel Viking Axe

    Posted by Deb Pipoly on 2019 May 16

    This year the Steel Founders' Society of America (SFSA) introduced a national competition to engage students with steel casting and help foundries connect with the next generation of manufacturing professionals. Inspired by History Channel's Forged in Fire, the Cast in Steel competition brings teams of engineering students from around the country together to find out who can cast the best Viking axe. Testing, judging and awards took place prior to CastExpo in Atlanta, GA.

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    Tags: Investment Casting, Eagle Precision, Airset Casting, Event, Student Metalcasting Competition, CastExpo, Trade Associations

    How Investment Casting Compares to Other Metalcasting Methods

    Posted by Deb Pipoly on 2018 May 8

    All metal casting processes have their own unique characteristics. When designing a new part for casting, the most appropriate process should be determined by a number of factors, including:

    • Tooling costs
    • Labor costs
    • Design characteristics
    • Desired appearance

    The goal of the manufacturer and the supplier should be to find the optimal balance that produces the lowest per-part cost at a given quantity, while meeting or exceeding all quality requirements.

    Here, we compare investment casting to three metal casting processes: shell mold casting, greensand casting and permanent mold casting.

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    Tags: Metalcasting, Processes, Investment Casting

    Investment Casting Guide Ebook: New Eagle Group Resource for Manufacturers

    Posted by Deb Pipoly on 2018 Apr 18

    Eagle Precision Cast Parts, Inc. just released a downloadable resource, titled Investment Casting Process Guide: A Comprehensive Introduction to Investment Casting.

    The goal of the 21-page ebook is to make it easy for manufacturers, and anyone else who's interested, to learn the basics of investment casting. Manufacturers looking for a better way to produce parts can find information on tolerances, design recommendations and a full case study.

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    Tags: Metalcasting, Investment Casting, Eagle Precision, Investment Casting Guide

    How the Investment Casting Process works

    Posted by Deb Pipoly on 2018 Feb 15

    Investment casting, sometimes known as lost-wax casting, is a metal forming method known for its ability to produce parts with tight tolerances, complex inner cavities and accurate dimensions.

    As we discussed in our Introduction to Investment Casting post, the basic technique has existed for millennia. Over the years, innovations in equipment and methodology have kept pace with demand. Today, investment casting is one of the most popular forms of metal casting.

    Read on to learn more about the unique process of investment casting.

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    Tags: Metalcasting, Processes, Investment Casting, Eagle Precision

    Introduction to Investment Casting

    Posted by Deb Pipoly on 2018 Feb 1

    Investment casting is nearly as old as metalcasting itself, with the earliest known examples dating back to 3,500 BC. Before investment casting was invented, metal castings were created using open stone or ceramic molds. Investment casting allowed for much greater detail and smoother finish, vastly expanding the possibilities of metal casting.

    Today, investment casting is one of the most versatile methods of metal casting. The process, which is still similar to that used over 5,000 years ago, allows for tighter tolerances, more intricate shapes and smoother surface finishes than other metal casting methods.

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    Tags: Metalcasting, Processes, Investment Casting, History

    One Part's Journey from Fabrication to Casting

    Posted by AJ Menefee on 2017 Nov 8

     

    It all started on a routine facility tour

    While touring a client’s facility, representatives of Eagle Precision Cast Products noticed a cable clamp assembly–a relatively complex fabricated part that they believed would be an excellent candidate for fabrication to casting conversion.

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    Tags: Metalcasting, Processes, Fabrication to Casting, Fabrication, Fab-Casting, Investment Casting

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