Why Investment Casting?
Hitchiner Manufacturing Co., Inc. is the premier supplier of complete-to-print, high-volume, complex thin-wall investment castings and fully-finished casting-based subassemblies and components to industry. Hitchiner® has chosen to utilize, develop, and enhance the investment casting process because of its many advantages in efficiently producing complex metal components, including:
Investment casting produces near-net-shape configurations, offering designers and engineers freedom of design in a wide range of alloys. The process is capable of producing precise detail and dimensional accuracy in parts weighing many pounds or just a few ounces.
Wide choice of alloys
Many dozens of ferrous alloys are routinely cast at Hitchiner.
Elimination of tooling setup
By offering near-net-shape configuration, fixturing costs are substantially reduced or eliminated.
Reduction of production costs
Costly machining operations are reduced and often eliminated. No capital equipment investment is needed to produce parts in-house.
Reduction of assembly operations
Several parts can be made as one casting, reducing handling, assembly and inspection costs.
Reproduction of fine details
Splines, holes, bosses, lettering, serrations and even some threads can be cast.
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