Titanium is one of the most expensive metals available for industrial use, but still, factories all over the world continue to use a large amount of titanium for uses for everything from creating computer parts to manufacturing airplane hulls. So what is it that makes titanium so expensive and why do factories continue to use it?
Titanium investment casting is the process of using a mold to create shaped pieces from titanium. Titanium is used in a variety of applications, although it is most famous for its use in airplanes, spaceships, and jewelry. However, many traditional commercial products have titanium or titanium alloy parts and pieces that help the products work daily.
Titanium is not your typical investment casting metal. The combination of its very high melting point and its high cost can make titanium less attractive than lighter, more malleable, less expensive metals. Aluminum, stainless steel, copper and nickel are more commonly investment cast than titanium. However, in certain ways, titanium is well-suited to investment casting.
The titanium investment casting process is a surprisingly effective method for creating complicated designs and parts from titanium. The benefit to investment casting is that it is possible to create complex designs and parts with minimal material waste. Since the metal is hot when it is poured into the mold, only the necessary amount of metal is used. This is beneficial for titanium especially, because titanium is expensive and difficult tomanufacturer. The ability to avoid waste is important for reducing expenses when manufacturing titanium.