Investacast Parameters and Advantages Of The Casting Methods 

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Weight range achievable (kg) 0.01 - 25 0.01 - 75 1 - 500 0.5 - 25 0.01 - 25 0.03 - 25
Typical Unit Volume per year 250 - 5,000 250 - 100,000 1 - 5,000 100 - 50,000 5,000 - 1,000,000 10,000 - 100,000
Pattern / tooling cost Moderate Low Low Moderate High Moderate
Cost of Tooling change Moderate Low Low Moderate High Moderate
Flexibility of design Excellent Excellent Very high High Relatively high Low
Minimum wall thickness, mm 0.5 1 3 2.5 1 2
Finishing Costs Low Low High Low - Moderate Low Low - Moderate
Dimension accuracy, Tolerances in accordance with ISO 8062 CT4 - CT6 CT5 -CT7 CT9 - CT10 CT 6 - CT8 CT4 CT5 - CT6
Draft Angle Needed (deg) 0 - 0.5 0 - 0.5 2 2 0.5 - 1 1 - 2
Surface finish (Ra) 3.2 3.2 6.3 3.2 1.6 1.6
Casting alloy Bases Carbon Steel Carbon Steel Cast Iron Aluminium Aluminium Aluminium
Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Aluminium Brass Copper Base
Monel Monel Zinc Stainless Steel
Cobalt Chrome Cobalt Chrome Carbon Steel
Brass Brass
Bronze Bronze
Duplex Stainless steel Duplex Stainless steel
Aluminium Aluminium
Precipitation Stainless Steel Precipitation Stainless Steel
Hastelloy Titanium
Hastelloy
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