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International Journal of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Abstract

Investment casting is synonym with producing precision components and investment casters usually take up the order if the volume is huge enough. This is due to high and unjustifiable tooling cost and long lead times associated with the development of metal moulds for producing wax (sacrificial) patterns for customized single casting or small quantity production. One of the feasible solutions is opt rapid tooling. In so- called rapid investment casting the most critical process will be building the investment shell and protecting it from thermal crack. This work investigates the shell crack and counter. In this work pattern are modeled on rapid prototyping machine. During the ceramic shell preparation cracking is reported. Hence a remedy is explored as to control the thermal expansion of the pattern build material-acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) by using different build styles. Thermal expansion of five distinct styled ABS rapid samples were tested on Dilatometer. The investigation indicates the possibility of 63% reduction in thermal expansion of the pattern, which is very very encouraging.

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