Technical Articles

A common question asked by Design Engineers in concurrent engineering is whether a particular hole in a part is castable?  To answer that question requires an analysis of the four dimensional components that constitute the description of the hole: diameter, length, diametrical tolerance and locational tolerance.

CAD systems have made the designing of parts both better and quicker and have a positive impact downstream from product design.  Also known as Digital Product Definition (DPD) the MBD revolution in design has had both good and bad repercussions for the foundry industry.

O’Fallon Casting provides its customers with a better alternative and consistently legible option for the application of variable part marking information on castings:  Laser Engraved Part Marking.    This OFC technology eliminates customer complaints and rejections of castings for poor legibility of manually applied vibro-peened or ink stamped part marking.

Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing of Castings

One of the primary benefits provided by the Investment Casting process is that part detail can very often be furnished at negligible additional cost.  Engineers frequently take advantage of this “free” capability by incorporating cast lettering and marking into their part designs.

Surface Texture of Investment Castings

In-process weld rework of castings, sometimes also referred to as “cosmetic weld repair”, is a routine and commonplace foundry activity that is used to mend such casting discontinuities.  A casting that has been welded and blended will be dimensionally, physically, chemically and metallurgically compliant to drawing requirements.

Castings present a cost effective solution for the manufacture of complex shapes that reduce part count and improve the affordability, manufacturability and reliability of an engineered product.  However, successful casting design does require a specialized expertise.

Edges & Corners are external features such as you would see on any cube such as a child’s Alphabet Block.  Structurally Edges & Corners have little impact on the strength of a casting.  However, Edges and Corners are still an important consideration of casting design.

By definition a Fillet Radii is a rounding of an interior corner and are employed on castings to increase their load bearing strength and to improve both manufacturability and quality.  For those reasons a fillet radius should be a standard allowance on every casting design.