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The Many Dimensions of


3-D Printing A


3-D printing has applications in many parts of the metalcasting industry and allows facilities and clients to achieve numerous different constructions and positive outcomes. A MODERN CASTING STAFF REPORT


dditive manufacturing is a growing part of met- alcasting. Whether it’s


because of the desire to cast complex components or the need for more automation and quicker turnarounds, 3-D printing looks to be a key part of the future of the industry. Modern Casting has collected four


examples of additive manufacturing. T e components produced were for diff erent industries, but all have 3-D printing in common.


Engine Crankcase Prototype for Racing


Eck Industries (Manitowoc, Wiscon- sin), Hoosier Pattern (Decatur, Indiana)


Choosing 3-D printed sand for this


crankcase casting avoided the need for traditional tooling, cut 10 weeks from the program and avoided $60,000 in pattern and fi xture costs. Printed core surfaces do not require any draft, so the part weight and wall thicknesses are maintained exactly as designed, with no time lost to dealing with


Choosing 3-D printed sand for this crankcase casting avoided the need for traditional tooling, cut 10 weeks from the program and avoided $60,000 in pattern and fi xture costs.


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