Vacuum casting allows you to make production-quality parts quickly and cost-effectively without the lead time or investment associated with rapid tooling. With a reputable manufacturer, it is possible to cast parts of any size to make various products, including long car bumpers and headphones. You also have access to more materials for vacuum pressure casting to suit your project’s unique requirements.
Understanding the process
Vacuum pressure casting is considered a high-quality manufacturing process, but its significance only became relevant in the mid-1990s when new metal alloys became available. New-generation machines were introduced to provide temperatures suitable for melting and casting materials like semi-precious, base-metal, precious, and Palladian alloys. They produce casting in a vacuum, making them capable of providing multi-directional pressure and resulting in usage flexibility.
Knowing the latest trends in vacuum casting can keep you up-to-date with the process, technologies, and machinery involved. Here are some of the things to know.
The latest vacuum pressure casting machines can melt and cast metals with high melting temperatures. Depending on the model, they could also melt alloys and metals with lower melting points, such as aluminum. Some could also process steel. Newer machines are intuitive, but some allow operators to set the temperature manually. Oxidation is reduced by melting the material under protective gas.
Ways to improve casting outcomes
Achieving optimum results depends on factors like pressure and temperature. Manufacturers should follow specific temperature requirements to preserve the alloy’s metallurgic features. Compliance with specifications and casting data helps prevent sublimation of the metal’s low melting point. When metal is molted at suitable temperatures, it can retain its desirable features. Otherwise, its metallurgic structure can change and affect the product’s technical properties.
Manufacturers must consider consistent omnidirectional pressure during casting. Vacuum pressure casting with centrifugal injection techniques causes mono-directional pressure where metals with higher densities are placed in a cylinder before those with lower densities.