Boeing Qualifies Uni-Cast To Produce High Property Aluminum Castings

In September 2014 Boeing added Uni-Cast to their Qualified Processor List for high property aluminum castings to support aircraft structural applications: Boeing specification BMS7-330. Uni-Cast is the third investment casting foundry to be qualified in North America and one of only five investment casting foundries qualified worldwide.

Since 1969, Uni-Cast has been manufacturing custom designed highly complex aluminum investment castings. In order to satisfy its customers’ needs Uni-Cast has maintained AS9100 certification and Nadcap approval in all special processes. As part of our continued effort to support our customers Uni-Cast developed a controlled solidification process, SPARK, capable of meeting the highest standards in our industry.

The SPARK foundry is located on-site at Uni-Cast, operating concurrently with our traditional foundry and is capable of manufacturing castings of the same size and complexity as our traditional foundry. In addition to supporting the Aerospace industry SPARK is currently in production supporting a variety of military and commercial applications.

Please contact the professional team at Uni-Cast to further discuss the investment casting process and its application for your structural and non structural components. Our Engineering team can provide concurrent engineering support to aid in design and develop techniques for qualifying samples and production requirements.

Uni-Cast Wins Investment Casting Institute’s Casting Contest

Weight, design and complexity were determining factors in choosing investment casting as the method of manufacture for a sensor used in a forward looking infrared system (FLIR) in a military aircraft.

The part, manufactured by Uni-Cast, Londonderry, NH, is one of three winners in the Investment Casting Institute’s Casting contest conducted in conjunction with the l2th World Conference on Investment Casting. The 16″ x l6″ x l4″ component is cast in beryllium-free aluminum (F357). The electro-optics component was designed as an investment casting. The customer’s weight and design requirements dictated investment casting as the only process capable of producing the light-weight geometry at a reasonable price.

The combination of thin walls and complex geometry created manufacturing challenges in wax injection, wax assembly, straightening and inspection. These challenges resulted in adaptive and unique manufacturing techniques, which were used to successfully produce the casting.