Rapid Prototyping - Casting Without Patterns
Colin Blackburn of Cti, outlined the work carried out at CTI and in particular the new facility at the Advanced Manufacturing Park in South Yorkshire, which opened in April 2006 at the recent meeting of the Scottish Branch.
He said that Member Services account for 5% of the income generated by CTI and the balance by income-generating services that have been developed. These services also enable a low annual subscription to be maintained of £2,500 for members, ensuring that the organisation is accessible.
The following areas generate income for CTI: -
The design and manufacture of short lead-time prototypes, one-offs and small batches of sand or ceramic moulded castings in any air or vacuum-melted alloy. Manufacturing pre-production castings, providing support to casting users during the transfer of newly developed components to full production, and incubating business for casting manufacturers.
A further part of CTI’s expertise is the production of CNC produced patterns, one of which weighed over 7 tonnes. Other uses for the 5 axis CNC machine is in creating sand moulds and cores machined from solid blocks of sand and also machining patterns from blocks of polystyrene.
The facility produces titanium alloy castings through a wholly owned subsidiary “Titanium Castings (UK) Ltd”. A new 500kg Vacuum Furnace has recently been installed to allow for larger cast components to be manufactured by CTI.
Colin outlined the plans for a second facility, which is intended for the site, which will allow all of the business to be on the one site.
After a lengthy question and answer session Willie Howson gave the vote of thanks. He also thanked Blyntyre Castings Ltd for their sponsorship of the buffet.