A cost effective approach to production of investment casting wax models by additive manufacturing

Daniel Novoselovic, Štefanija Klarić, Damien Hill

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Abstract

Production of precise cast parts is often be accomplished by investment casting process. Within this process molten metal is poured into molds produced around wax models of the final part. In this process models and molds, which may be costly or time consuming to create, can be used one time only.

Investment casting is well established process in production of metal castings with complex or thin walled shapes or patterns. In this paper application of desktop size 3D printer for production of wax models is presented as fast and low-cost method of model production. The goal of this investigation was to test the possibility of the use of open source printer and software for wax pattern manufacturing for educational and training purposes. The use of a 3D printer allows rapid production of a part from a CAD image as well as the ability to create many copies of the same wax model. The surface quality of models was analyzed regarding to print parameters (layer thickness vs time) and some of typical wax models’ defects and reparation method are shown.
LanguageEnglish
Title of host publication17th International Foundrymen Conference
Subtitle of host publicationHi-tech casting solution and knowledge based engineering
EditorsNatalija Dolic, Zdenka Zovko Brodarac, Anita Begic Hadzipasic
PublisherUniversity of Zagreb, Faculty of Metallurgy
Pages372-380
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)978-953-7082-31-4
StatePublished - May 2018

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3D printers
Investment casting
Waxes
Costs
Molds
Metal castings
Liquid metals
Surface properties
Computer aided design
Defects

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Novoselovic, D., Klarić, Š., & Hill, D. (2018). A cost effective approach to production of investment casting wax models by additive manufacturing. In N. Dolic, Z. Zovko Brodarac, & A. Begic Hadzipasic (Eds.), 17th International Foundrymen Conference: Hi-tech casting solution and knowledge based engineering (pp. 372-380). University of Zagreb, Faculty of Metallurgy.
Novoselovic, Daniel ; Klarić, Štefanija ; Hill, Damien. / A cost effective approach to production of investment casting wax models by additive manufacturing. 17th International Foundrymen Conference: Hi-tech casting solution and knowledge based engineering . editor / Natalija Dolic ; Zdenka Zovko Brodarac ; Anita Begic Hadzipasic. University of Zagreb, Faculty of Metallurgy, 2018. pp. 372-380
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A cost effective approach to production of investment casting wax models by additive manufacturing. / Novoselovic, Daniel; Klarić, Štefanija; Hill, Damien.

17th International Foundrymen Conference: Hi-tech casting solution and knowledge based engineering . ed. / Natalija Dolic; Zdenka Zovko Brodarac; Anita Begic Hadzipasic. University of Zagreb, Faculty of Metallurgy, 2018. p. 372-380.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference Paper published in ProceedingsResearchpeer-review

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Novoselovic D, Klarić Š, Hill D. A cost effective approach to production of investment casting wax models by additive manufacturing. In Dolic N, Zovko Brodarac Z, Begic Hadzipasic A, editors, 17th International Foundrymen Conference: Hi-tech casting solution and knowledge based engineering . University of Zagreb, Faculty of Metallurgy. 2018. p. 372-380.