Additive manufacturing, and its application in the metal casting industry. Specifically; casting development, and selecting the appropriate prototyping process. Metal Castings come in all sorts of shapes, and complexities, and there is no one sure fire way to prototype them. My goal will be to leave the audience with a better understanding of the options available, and the appropriate time to use them, from traditional prototype patterns, to 3D printed sand molds, and all of the options in between. I will present examples of castings, and a comparative cost analysis of the various methods. All variables must be addressed when bringing a casting to production: Where are we at in the design process? Will there be changes? What is the estimated lifetime production size, do we only need one, or are we going to produce thousands? From the foundry point of view; how complex is the part? Are we sure our mold engineering will produce a good casting on the first shot, or will there be adjustments? Many factors go into making a sound decision on the appropriate prototyping method, and I hope the audience will walk away with a better understanding of the choices available.
- Make a more informed decision on the appropriate process for producing their prototype casting.
- Gain a better understanding how additive manufacturing fits into the prototype casting process.
- Streamline the prototype casting process to save time, and money.