Investment Casting Foundry
Barron Industries specializes in lost wax casting of more than 200 ferrous and non-ferrous alloys including stainless steel, aluminum investment castings, cobalt, and nickel-based alloys including Inconel investment castings.
Work with an investment casting foundry to reduce wasted material and production time in your facility. Find out how rapid prototyping, one-piece manufacturing and casting production strategies can produce high-strength, precision components for your industry.
At Barron Industries, our vertically-integrated manufacturing process is AS9100 Certified and NADCAP Accredited for Non-Destructive Testing and Welding.
What Is Investment Casting?
Investment casting is a process that uses wax and ceramic materials to create a cast and mold shell for a metal component. Using the Investment Casting process, we produce high-strength castings with fine detail and strict tolerance requirements, reducing the need for machining and other secondary finishing.
At Barron Industries, we start with a wax pattern design. Our technicians use leading CAD programs and expertise to create a model with +/- .005 inch/inch tolerance. The surface finish standard is 125 to 150 rms microfinish. The wax pattern must account for shrinkage, so it may not match the exact dimensions of your final product.
Next, a ceramic shell is assembled around the pattern. Our state-of-the-art robotic technology creates a shell mold to the exact specifications needed for the material and size requirements of your piece. This is achieved by alternately dipping the mold in a ceramic slurry, sand and stucco.
After the shell reaches the desired thickness and is completely dried, it’s ready for dewaxing. We use intense heat in our various ovens to melt the wax mold and completely clean the interior of your new ceramic shell.
The finished shell is preheated to prepare it for the molten metal. Now it’s time to pour the molten metal into the shell. This must be done at a precise temperature to achieve the desired alloy characteristics.
Your ceramic shell is then cut away to reveal the metal product. Compared to welding multi-piece components, this process can save you up to 40% of the total cost of manufacturing.
Steel Casting Foundry
Our lost wax investment casting process produces highly-engineered components for a wide range of industries and alloys. Here are just a few common alloys you can use to create components for your production line:
- Stainless steel
- Carbon steel
- Low-alloy steel
- Tool steel
We also work with nickel and cobalt alloy castings and can create components with a wide range of sizes and shapes. The casting varies depending on the alloy and temperature requirements, but the quality never wavers.
Benefits of Choosing Barron Industries
Barron Industries is a unique turnkey manufacturer of machined investment castings and completely assembled and tested mechanical sub-systems. Our vertically-integrated manufacturing systems offer complete single-source capability, signiﬁcantly reducing cost and delivery time. Precision castings are machined, assembled, plated, painted, tested, part-marked, barcode-labeled, and securely packaged for shipping – with all processes handled in-house. Using our 3D printing techniques for rapid prototyping, Barron can deliver a high-quality precision investment casting in as little as 10 days.
Barron Industries is a trusted partner to many of the world’s leading manufacturing companies which rely on Barron for our expertise in metals, lightweighting technologies, and design for manufacturability. Whether you need aerospace, defense, automotive or tool and die components, work with a proven casting foundry that delivers:
- Performance-critical investment Castings up to 150 pounds in steel and 50 pounds in aluminum
- Premium strength cast alloys
- Thin walled, lightweight components
- Tight tolerance, complex shaped castings
- Rapid manufacturing for compressed delivery requirements
Work With an Investment Casting Foundry
We’re proud to serve your industry as a steel casting foundry. Barron Industries has been a leader in investment casting since 1983, and we continue to provide uncompromising quality for ferrous and non-ferrous castings. We are experts in value engineering for our customers. Barron will help you reduce weight, lead-time and cost, as well as improve the functionality of your part. Let us redesign or convert your multi-piece weldment or fabrication into a single-piece precision investment casting.
Request a quote today to find out how you can enjoy affordable, reliable manufacturing processes that have stood the test of time.