Quaker City Castings has developed relationships with overseas sources for investment cast parts, in addition to our American produced sand and centrifugal castings. We can serve as your domestic agent for investment cast parts. We will ensure that all chemical and mechanical properties are correct, all testing requirements are met, and all procedures are followed. Any materials we can produce in our sand foundry, we can source for your investment casting needs. You can focus on your business. Let us manage your investment casting supply chain.
Like sand casting, investment casting is an industrial casting process, sometimes also referred to as lost-wax casting. There are a variety of materials that can be used for the investment casting process, including stainless steel alloys, brass, aluminum, and carbon steel. The material is poured into a ceramic cavity designed to create an exact duplicate of the desired part. Investment casting can hold tighter tolerances than sand castings, and thus reduce the need for secondary machining.
Investment casting derives its name from the pattern being invested (surrounded) in a refractory material. The fragile wax patterns must withstand forces encountered during the mold making. Much of the wax used in investment casting can be reclaimed and reused. The process is generally used for small castings in higher volumes, but has been used to produce larger and larger parts with complex geometries.