A Wide Range of Casting Service to Address Any Project Need
High-Fidelity Casting of Silicones, Urethanes, and Metals
3Diligent's casting service includes a variety of options to meet your needs, regardless of volume or material. Using our extensive 3D Printing capability to produce high-fidelity master patterns, we deliver outstanding urethane and silicone castings.
If you're seeking metal castings, 3Diligent provides both sand casting and investment casting approaches to support you from prototype to production volumes.
Casting Service Overview
Casting, a manufacturing process dating back 7,000 years, is often used to create heavy equipment such as machine tool beds, ship propellers, and the like. Parts can be cast at the required size and as one piece, rather than by joining smaller pieces together—as you might with other types of processes. With casting, complex shapes — difficult or uneconomical with other rapid-manufacturing methods — are possible.
Casting manufacturing is a process in which liquefied material, such as molten metal, is poured into the cavity of a specially designed mold and allowed to harden. After solidification, the workpiece is removed from the mold to undergo various finishing treatments or for use as a final product. Casting methods are typically used to create intricate solid and hollow shapes, and cast products are found in a wide range of applications, including automotive components, aerospace parts, etc.
Expendable mold casting refers to the use of temporary, non-reusable molds in the casting process. The class of casting processes includes sand casting, plastic casting, shell casting, plaster casting, and investment (lost-wax technique) casting.
When casting metals, the permanent mold casting process can be used. Similar to sand casting, molten metal is poured into a reusable (permanent) mold that is clamped shut allowing the material to cool and solidify. Typically gravity is used to fill the mold, though sometimes gas pressure or a vacuum is used.
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