Steel investment casting has become synonymous with low-cost, highly accurate near-net-shape metal forming. Steel castings do not include costly chrome and nickel additives typical of stainless steel, yet still manage to provide the widest range of mechanical properties of any alloy type.
We specialize in highly repeatable short production runs of carbon steel and low alloy steel investment castings in the 0 to 30 lbs range, and are capable of 100+ lbs castings.
From concept to completion, PCT can meet the form, fit, and function of your design.
Both carbon steel and low alloy steel investment castings offer smooth surface finishes without the need for grinding and polishing. Low alloy steel also provides slightly greater resistance to corrosion than carbon steel and is generally 20-30% lighter.
Steel's versatility allows it to meet a wide range of ductility, toughness, tensile strength, machinability, and variable hardness.
Compatible with a wide range of heat treating techniques for both hardening and softening, steel's versatility makes it suitable for almost any application. Certain steel casting alloys can achieve up to 62 Rockwell C with proper heating. With secondary annealing, steel can also become one of the softest metals.
Additional steel casting heating techniques include solution annealing, quench and tempering, normalizing, aging, precipitant hardening, induction hardening, carbon restoring, carbonizing, and case hardening.
Steel's low cost, ductility, and machinability make it ideal everyday-use items common to all industries. Typical examples of steel investment castings include mass-produced products such as brackets, hinges, and levers.
Available in a wide variety of grades, steel can meet 90% of today's applications and engineering requirements.
4020 IC 4020, MIL-S-870, ASTM A-732 GR 6N
4115 MOD ASTM A-217 GR WC 9
4118 MOD ASTM A-217 GR WC 6
4130 IC 4130, AMS 5336 D, ASTM A-148, ASTM A-732 GR 7Q, MIL-S-22141, C11011102, C11577275
4140 IC 4140, AMS 5338 C, ASTM A-148, ASTM A-732 GR 8Q, MIL-S-22141, C11011102, C11577275
4340 IC 4340, AMS 5330 B, ASTM A732 GR 10Q, MIL-S-22141, C11577275
8620 IC 8620, ASTM A-148, ASTM A-732 GR 13Q, MIL-S-22141, C11577275
8630 IC 8630, ARMCO, ASTM A-732, MIL-S-22141, C11577275
8640 IC 8640, MIL-S-22141
8730 IC 8730
52100 IC 52100, ASTM A-732 GR 15A, MIL-S-22141
Featuring unlimited alloy choices, investment castings are the most versatile metal forming methods available. Designers are not limited to any particular alloy, as the investment casting process allows for easy alloy substitution using the same tooling.
Each alloy has unique mechanical properties, including varying degrees of hardness, corrosion resistance, electrical conductivity, and ductility. Visit each alloy page for real world examples of how Precision Castings of Tennessee is changing the investment casting industry.
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