Aristo Cast Investment Cast Part
When it comes to rapid prototyping or additive manufacturing the hype today seems to be directed solely to manufacturing in metals. Before you make the decision on the best method to obtain your prototype part, give strong consideration to investment casting (IC).
The advancements in pattern printing equipment have vastly improved the quality of the parts attainable by the IC process. Not only has the surface quality differential been eliminated by use of soluble support systems, advancements made in ceramic shell technology have strengthened the ability to cast intricate Internal passages.
The other two factors that must enter into this equation are cost and speed. Studies have shown the cost comparison between the laser melting and the IC process, in the majority of cases IC is more economical.
Now on the subject of speed: IC using the G2 Fast Shell method can in many cases provide a prototype casting in as little as 8-24 hours after the pattern has been created.
Exciting things are happening in the rapid prototyping/additive manufacturing daily but don’t forget the old standby process of investment casting. You’ll be surprised what it can do today!