Investment Casting Workspace Highlights
- Full process modeling for investment casting processes
- Streamlined shell creation from casting pattern
- Advanced radiation model captures full radiative heat transfer between shell surfaces
- Advanced motion controls include Bridgman, ladle and spin dynamics
Workspace OverviewThe Investment Casting Workspace provides investment casters with an easy-to-use tool for simulating all aspects of investment casting, including shell generation, filling, solidification (with either static or moving Bridgman shell molds), and cooling. A shell mold creation tool is provided for quick and reliable shell geometry creation, while radiation and view factor models accurately capture radiative heat transfer between different parts of the shell. For directional solidification, a moving oven with a hot upper section separated from a cooler lower section captures the Bridgman process. Melt surface evolution as well as mold motion, filling detail and solidification patterns are readily assessed through intuitive post-processing tools, allowing for process modifications to be implemented with confidence.
I have personally modeled the filling, solidification, and cooling of countless castings, with the goal being to maximize metal cleanliness and soundness, and to control grain structure, segregation and stress related defects. We have had a great deal of success using FLOW-3D CAST to predict casting performance, to optimize quality, and to reduce cost by reducing rework, scrap, and lead-time.
We are using FLOW-3D CAST not only as a die cast process simulation tool but also as a general CFD software tool. If during die cast process development, any part design changes need to be recommended to a customer, FLOW-3D CAST allows us quickly and reliably evaluate part design changes, and present to a customer not only the proposed changes but also the effects those changes will have on the part performance.