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“Model to Metal“ in 2 Weeks

Effort recently introduced its rapid prototyping process to allow projects to move from “model to metal“ in as little as two weeks.

The process begins with a computer-generated solid model, after which the necessary foundry engineering, like gating and risering is added to the model. The model is then sent to a third party who develops a deposited sand mold and core, which are returned to Effort to use conventional close-and-pour methods to cast the part.

In addition to reducing the leadtime from 12-16 weeks to just 2-3 weeks, rapid prototyping also eliminates all pattern costs.

“This capability is a tremendous step forward,“ said President Bill Easterly. “Being able to cut leadtimes substantially and costs while maintaining the level of quality we demand brings real benefits to our customers.“

Photo strip of model to metal process