Manufacturing Complex Metal Parts

A Dutch SME is offering a technology which makes it possible to manufacture custom-made low volume small complex metal parts for application in customised high end equipment. The technology is based on a combination of wax 3D printing and lost wax casting.

Innovative technology to manufacture complex shaped integrated metal parts

Requested co-operation:

Assembly, engineering, technical consultancy, joint further development, testing of new applications, adaptation to specific needs.

Type of partner sought:

Industry.

Specific area of activity of the partner:

1) Producer or supplier of metal parts for application in high end equipment;

2) OEM-ers specialising in the development and sale of high end equipment.

Task to be performed by the partner sought:

Design, development, engineering, production and sales.

The Dutch partner will provide technical consultancy.

More information:

A Dutch SME is offering a technology which makes it possible to manufacture custom-made low volume small complex metal parts for application in customised high end equipment. The technology is based on a combination of wax 3D printing and lost wax casting. This process is of interest for OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) and suppliers that are manufacturing parts by subtractive technologies (eg CNC milling, drilling, spark erosion). The Dutch company is interested in commercial agreements.

The company is working with a process which is a combination of wax 3D printing and lost wax process (investment casting). 3D Printing is a form of additive manufacturing technology where a three dimensional object is created by successive layers of material. 3D Printing (Modelling) of wax takes digital data input from CAD data and creates solid, three-dimensional parts through an additive process depositing molten wax layer-upon- layer via inkjet or extrusion nozzle. The wax 3D prints are used as master model for a ceramic mould.

When the mould is ready the wax is burned out, and e.g. stainless steel, nickel- or chromium alloy is poured in to the mould to cast a metal part. When the product is cooled down the mould is removed and the product released. The firm is looking for OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) and suppliers that are working with subtractive technologies (e.g. CNC milling, drilling, spark erosion) and are searching for ways to reduce production costs by integration and shape-optimalisation of complex parts. The products which can be made are specially interesting for OEM-ers and suppliers which are working with subtractive technologies, like CNC milling, drilling, spark erosion).

Innovative aspects:

  • Absolute freedom of form, double curved and hollow shapes are possible
  • Relative low investment
  • Short lead times, depending on the complexity of the part 2-4 weeks
  • Possibility to engineer thin wall-thicknesses
  • Various high melting alloys applicable, up to melting temperatures of 2000°C
  • Complexity doesn’t influence the part costs
  • Especially suitable for small series, 1 to 50 pieces

If you would like some more information, please contact Neil Roach on 01872 613003.

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http://www.enterprise-europe-network.ec.europa.eu/index_en.htm

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