Leading Steel Investment Casting Companies

Iron is the most prominent element in steel alloys, with carbon coming in second. Additional elements such as manganese, chromium, vanadium, and tungsten may be included in steel investment castings. Read More…

Steel Investment Castings Steel investment casting is a type of casting in which wax models or patterns are used to make metallic replications of a part or component using any of the many alloys within the steel family.

For over 30 years, we have provided metal forged products for a wide variety of industries, including the aerospace, military, food service, medical, and automotive industries. Our customers know they can trust our forgings for quality and affordability. We will never try to make you pay more than you should for our products. Contact us by phone or email to find out more!

Ferralloy Inc. $$$

ZETWERK provides high-quality investment castings that are available in a wide range of alloys. We are able to produce investment castings with high dimensional accuracy tolerances as low as 0.003 in. Our expert team works with our customers every step of the way to ensure our products meet their needs. ZETWERK is ISO 9001:2015 and AS9100D certified.

ZETWERK $$$

At Impro, we have top-of-the-line equipment for the most demanding investment casting requirements. Our equipment and automation process controls allow us to work with different ferrous and non-ferrous alloys, and maintain consistent and repeatable tolerances as close as ± 0.1 mm. Our investment castings are dimensionally and geometrically complex and produced to net shape, minimizing the need...

Impro Industries USA, Inc. $$$

Founded in 2011, Lodestar Quality LLC is a knowledge-driven custom manufacturing solutions provider that provides manufacturers of products a full range of services from innovative design and engineering, to sourcing and production using best in class quality control methods in a cost efficient manner. Focus areas include fabrications, castings, machining and forging, plastic products, and...

Lodestar Quality LLC $$$

Since 1944 we have been driven to remain a cut above the competition in investment castings and everything we do. We have our own tooling shop filled with state-of-the-art testing machines. We ensure perfect results every time. It is our goal to establish lifelong relationships with our customers that benefit us both. Contact us for more info today!

Rimer Enterprises, Inc. $$$

At R2 Quality Castings, we are a team of experts in the production of high-quality castings for a wide range of industries. Our product line includes a vast array of castings made from various materials such as aluminum, brass, bronze, stainless steel, and ductile iron. We specialize in producing complex castings that require intricate design, such as gears, impellers, pump housings, and engine...

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The strength and durability of a particular casting is largely dependent upon the specific metallurgical composition. In general, steel and especially stainless steel investment casting are popular in industrial applications as they are stronger than cast iron, wrought iron, and malleable iron. These parts are capable of enduring shocks, wear, and heavy loads.

Though these features can be attributed in large part to the material itself, investment casting allows for the creation of completed precision parts with no flash or parting lines. Because the wax molds are exact replicas of the desired final product, accuracy is easily attained and parts rarely require additional processing.

Because steel investment castings are used in such varied industries as aerospace, automotive, construction, dental, medical, military, mining, food processing, sports, and telecommunications; it is important to consider the design and material used to create a specific component to ensure it is suited to its intended use.

When ordering steel investment castings, the type of steel that will be used to produce the part must be identified. Steel investment castings are usually ordered to ASTM requirements and may be made from carbon steel, low and high alloys steel, low-temperature steel, heat resistant steel, and stainless steel, among others. By specifying the test methods for an order, the requirements of the material can be guaranteed.

Though the material composition of the steel is variable, the investment casting process is relatively straightforward.

First, a wax pattern is carved by hand, machine, or created through injection molding. This model is often a prototype and must meet the exact specifications of the finished part.

The wax master die is then mounted on a wax rod known as a sprue. In some cases several dies are attached to a single sprue creating what is known as a tree.

The assembly is then dipped into a ceramic slurry known as the investment until thoroughly covered. For particularly complex designs, the sprue may be placed in a flask that is then filled with investment and vibrated to remove air pockets and ensure complete adherence to the pattern.

This coating is then dried and hardened using an oven or furnace which also melts the wax. Additional heating may be required to remove moisture or wax residue. As the wax runs out, a hollow shell is left.

Molten steel is poured into it. Once the steel is fully cooled the shell is removed by water-blasting, dissolving agent, or other method to reveal the finished steel product.

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Investment Casting

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