Ceramic moulds useed for Precision casting

Ceramic moulds useed for Precision casting

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Credit: BEN JOHNSON/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Ceramic moulds used for precision investment casting being placed in a furnace prior to the final metal casting stage. The casting method is based on the production of a wax pattern, an exact replica of the finished metal casting. The wax patterns serve as templates for making ceramic moulds; the wax is subsequently melted & drained from the mould to make room for the metal. Individual moulds are formed on separate units, made by coating the wax patterns in liquid ceramic & drying in air & ammonia gas. Photographed at NGL, Chard, Somerset, who make a range of products from simple steel castings to complex, heat resistant alloy components for aero-engines.

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Keywords: alloy casting, casting, ceramic moulds, industry, mould, precision, precision casting, precision investment casting, technology

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