ProMetal RCT opens Houston facility to produce patternless casting technology

ProMetal RCT has opened a new facility in Houston, Texas, to produce patternless casting technology.

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HOUSTON -- ProMetal RCT has opened a new facility in Houston, Texas, to produce patternless casting technology. The company’s Rapid Casting Technology (RCT) equipment automatically builds sand molds and cores for casting metal directly from CAD data. Standard foundry industry materials are used, enabling easy integration of the new equipment into existing manufacturing and foundry procedures. The large building volume and high building rate combine to make patternless production a reality for metal-based prototype castings and low volume production. The molds and cores are built in an additive layer-wise fashion using a printhead, analogous to the ink-jet technology commonly used in desktop printers.

“This revolutionary ProMetal RCT process allows design freedoms, heretofore never available to the casting designer or the foundry,” says Dan Maas, director of business development for ProMetal RCT. “Removing the requirements for parting lines, draft angles, and providing undercuts is just the tip of the iceberg,” he says. “Providing nested cores, spiral vents, volute shapes, integration of multiple components, in-situ cores, and unique rigging geometry to minimize turbulence are design features that are being utilized today by advanced companies.”

09/24/2009

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