Net-Shape Centrifugal Technology provides measurable benefits compared to fabrications, forged parts, or conventional castings.
Near-Net Shaped Centrifugals combine the cost advantages of a product that has desired profiles cast in with the metallurgical and thru-wall structural integrity that only the centrifugal process delivers.
Net-shaping can be readily added to centrifugally cast components through the use of sand or ceramic split dies. True net-shaping at investment casting levels of O.D. detail can be added by employing MetalTek’s proprietary net shaping technology and special tooling. Either net shaping or near-net shaping can very dramatically reduce post processing costs while delivering the advantages of centrifugal casting.
Why to use Net-Shaping as an alternative to fabrications:
- Simplify: Reduces number of components
- Cost savings: Eliminates welding
- Cost savings: Eliminates post-weld heat-treat
- Quality: Improves quality of difficult to weld material
- Speed: Increases speed of production
Why to use Net-Shaping as an alternative to forged parts:
- Cost reduction: Reduces milling
- Quality: Improved dimensional stability of a centrifugal
- Speed: Shorter lead times / Increased speed of production
- Design choices: Increased variety of alloy choices
Why to use Net-Shaping as a alternative to conventional casting:
- Shaping: Benefit of a static sand casting while eliminating mid-wall shrink
- Welding: Smaller grain size compared to static sand casting improves weldability
- Tooling: Mid-range tooling and casting pricing provides value for mid-short runs
- Cost Savings: Compared to conventional centrifugals, reduces amount of metal to be poured, heat treated and machined away