In this presentation, we will explain how additive manufacturing processes produce patterns without long lead times and expense of tooling. There are clear and demonstrable benefits to the printing of patterns early in the design process where design iterations make it impractical to produce hard tooling. Moreover, Additive Manufacturing enables the creation of geometry that is difficult to produce by conventional methods. It is arguable that, in many low volume production applications, 3D printing of patterns is the only economically practical process to use, e.g. Maintenance Operations, Oil & Gas applications, and some aerospace applications. In addition, direct metal printing can provide expedited cavities, cores and inserts for wax tooling. In summary, this session will walk through the economic and manufacturing advantages that additive manufacturing brings to the Investment Casting foundry.
- Determine the most efficient process for obtaining accurate patterns.
- Determine ways to reduce cost on the foundry floor through effective utilization of pattern creation.