The ability to accurately reverse engineer existing castings is essential to any modern foundry. Reverse engineering could be required for a variety of reasons ranging from replication of an old casting where original patterns have been lost to improving mechanical performance or learning from an existing design to replicate or improve it. Whatever the reason, … Read more
Design engineering has always been at the heart of the casting process. Traditionally, the customers’ design engineers would design a component and then present the CAD files to the foundry engineers who would modify the geometry to make it castable. This often meant compromising the original design somewhat as draft angles and parting lines were applied, and the experience of the foundry engineers was brought to bear in relation to potential casting issues, such as wall thicknesses, thermal gradients and potential casting defects.
Today, the relationship has been transformed as foundries, like NovaCast, have embraced the latest engineering design technologies, such as 3D modelling and casting simulation software while combining these with 3D printing for rapid prototyping. The result is that NovaCast’s design engineers can interact with our customers’ design teams at an earlier stage to refine geometries and modify designs to optimise performance and reduce both lead times and costs.
A guide for design engineers
Smoothing the path to optimum casting
Unique to NovaCast
Such is the importance of the relationship between the customer and foundry design engineering team, that NovaCast has restructured its internal systems to allow its design engineers to become fully immersed in the project management of a casting from initial quotation and design development, through to overseeing the casting process and quality control prior to delivery.
This innovative approach allows the design engineering team to fully engage with each project and to be on hand to manage any issues that arise. The result; shorter lead times, smoother production processes and lower costs.