Applying RP-FDM Technology to Produce Prototype Castings Using the Investment Casting Method

M. Macků, M. Horáček
2012 Archives of Foundry Engineering  
The research focused on the production of prototype castings, which is mapped out starting from the drawing documentation up to the production of the casting itself. The FDM method was applied for the production of the 3D pattern. Its main objective was to find out what dimensional changes happened during individual production stages, starting from the 3D pattern printing through a silicon mould production, wax patterns casting, making shells, melting out wax from shells and drying, up to the
more » ... drying, up to the production of the final casting itself. Five measurements of determined dimensions were made during the production, which were processed and evaluated mathematically. A determination of shrinkage and a proposal of measures to maintain the dimensional stability of the final casting so as to meet requirements specified by a customer were the results.
doi:10.2478/v10266-012-0085-y fatcat:s6qk7n5bovahpgzcxbkrgdbzoa