Focus on Metal Surface Treatments

NovaCast routinely uses a wide range of metal surface treatments on its cast products to enhance their mechanical, electrical or aesthetic properties. Surface treatments and finishes are often applied following surface preparation, usually in the form of fettling, linishing or shot blasting, and any final machining. Here, we focus on the surface treatments most commonly  … Read more

Aluminium Bronze in Metal Casting

The use of Aluminium Bronze in Metal Casting is widespread as it is a remarkably versatile alloy, conforming to the requirements of BS1400, and created when Aluminium is added to Copper as the primary alloying element with smaller amounts of Nickel and Iron to boost corrosion-resistance. Various grades of Aluminium Bronze are available with the  … Read more

What is Shell Mould Casting?

At NovaCast, we offer a wide range of casting process options as each have strengths and weaknesses that make them suited to certain applications and alloy choices. Shell Mould Casting is a metal casting process similar to sand casting, in that molten metal is poured into an expendable sand-based mould. However, in Shell Mould Casting,  … Read more

Types of shrinkage inherent in the casting process

We often say that casting molten metal is like handling a living thing. Understanding how different alloys will react to different casting processes, component geometry, running systems, temperatures, etc. is part of the art of the foundry engineer. In recent years, the wealth of experience built up at the NovaCast Foundry has been enhanced by  … Read more

Engagement with Xylem’s VA/VE Programme delivers improved castings

  Xylem, one of the leading global water technology companies, is committed to an ongoing process of product improvement and cost reduction. It does this, in part, through a Value Assessment and Value Engineering (VA/VE) programme in which it challenges its international supply chain to refine and improve every aspect of what they deliver. As one of Xylem’s  … Read more

NovaCast Donates $2,000 to the Planet Water Foundation

  NovaCast is committed to supporting causes that enhance quality of life in communities around the world, particularly those where interventions can save lives. Having long been a supporter of Xylem Watermark, NovaCast has recently donated $2,000 to the Planet Water Foundation, one of their partner non-profit organisations. The Planet Water Foundation is a US  … Read more

NovaCast Invited to Join Wiltshire Air Ambulance 100 Club

In recognition of its ongoing support for Wiltshire Air Ambulance, NovaCast has been invited to become an honorary member of the 100 Club, the elite club for businesses pledging larger sums. In addition to the monthly contribution by NovaCast, staff members, led by Sales Director Richard Phillips, have already completed sponsored events to raise money for  … Read more

Non-Destructive Testing of Cast Components

The production of high-quality castings has always been a mix of sound design, technical knowledge and the foundryman’s experience in handling and managing each stage in the casting process. More recent innovations, such as casting simulation software and 3D modelling, have helped to reduce casting defects by improving both product and gating system design. Dealing  … Read more

Casting Process Simulation Complements Traditional Foundry Expertise

Casting Process Simulation is used by NovaCast to develop comprehensive modelling of the intended production process to determine the size and shape of sprues, runners, gates, and risers. One of the main benefits of these systems is that they make it possible for us to quickly identify areas within the casting geometry that could give  … Read more