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Virtual Technical Conference & 3D Exposition


CASTING CONTEST


FINALISTS Intrepid and Avalon Collaborate on WCIC Souvenir


In preparation for the 15th World Conference on Investment Casting, the ICI ran a souvenir design contest. There were a number of entries, and the winner, a free-standing MÖbius Strip, came from Feinguss Blank. Unfortunately, the design as submitted did not lend itself to the investment casting process. Stepping up to the challenge, Intrepid Automation, in collaboration with Avalon Precision Metalsmiths, reworked the design, running a number of casting trials which resulted in a producible, yet aesthetic final product which preserved the integrity of the original design. Once the design was locked down and the Avalon and Intrepid teams were happy with the quality, a schedule was developed to deliver 3D printed patterns from Intrepid to Avalon for casting. From January to April 2020, the two companies completed the order of 1000 pieces.


Through this unique collaboration project, the companies successfully manufactured the 15th WCIC souvenir and were able to deliver a product with challenging casting features which included the complex design, thicker to thin wall sections and small slots to the customer, the ICI. This project demonstrated a collaboration of two ICI member companies exercising their unique expertise. Avalon and Intrepid have continued their relationship into other projects which benefit both companies.


Avalon Precision Metalsmiths


and Intrepid Automation


PART: 15th WCIC Souvenir Size: 3.00 x 2.25 x 1.31 in. Alloy: 316SS


Notes: The WCIC Souvenirs were manufactured at material cost with no mark up. The ICI thanks Intrepid and Avalon for their support.


Investment Casting Thermal Processing Crucibles & Ladles Kiln Furniture 24 West End Drive


Gilberts, IL 60136 USA 800-756-8794


www.seleeac.com


October 2020 ❘ 31 ®


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