Stainless steel investment casting is a long and arduous process that is a necessity for the creation of many products and tools, from machine parts to golf club heads. Even though the casting process is thousands of years old, the process of casting metal has actually changed little since its original invention. With the exception of the types of tools and supplies used to melt and shape the metal, the overall stainless steel investment casting process remains the same.
I am a terrible golfer. That’s not to say that I don’t enjoy it, but I have no illusions about my abilities as a golfer or my prospects for improvement. This past summer, after having played golf maybe a dozen times every year since late elementary school, I sank my first par. It was simultaneously exciting and embarrassing (but mostly exciting). My current set of clubs is composed mainly of stainless steel club heads and, I think, stainless shafts. They’re certainly not professional quality, but I’ve never had a legitimate reason to complain about them.
Steel investment castings are an inexpensive alternative to stainless steel castings. A metal casting is simply a piece of metal that started out as liquid metal. The metal is poured into a cast with the finished design of the desired part. Steel castings do not have the corrosion-resistant properties that stainless steel casings have, but they are much less expensive to manufacturer.