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04/29/16

Mold engineering made in Germany – Close Contour Casting now also for NAFTA markets

Transatlantic technology transfer: The U.S. subsidiary RAMPF Group, Inc. now supplies the RAKU® TOOL Close Contour Casting technology for mold engineering developed and perfected by RAMPF Tooling Solutions in Germany. This means that high-quality models and molds can now also be manufactured in the NAFTA markets without the usual time-consuming process of modeling. This is a significant step forward for mold engineering overseas.

“With RAKU® TOOL Close Contour Casting we offer our customers in the aviation industry, automotive engineering, shipbuilding, motorsports, the rail industry, and the wind energy sector a unique technology that will considerably influence the manufacturing process for prototypes, cubing models, molds, and clamping fixtures,” says Mark Davidson, Head of Sales for Tooling Material at RAMPF Group, Inc.

Mold engineering with Close Contour Casting – the manufacturing process

1. First, RAKU® TOOL board material or a combination of board material and EPS (expanded polystyrene) are used to produce a lightweight, close-contour mold according to the customer’s CAD data. Once the mold has been milled, a release agent is applied. The mold is then filled using a special casting process with the aid of a two-component mixing and dispensing system.

2. After removal and curing, the ready-to-mill casting is sent for final processing to the customer…

3 ...who can focus entirely on milling.

Close Contour Casting in the United States

RAMPF Group, Inc. received support from Germany during the launch of Close Contour Casting technology. Mold engineering experts from RAMPF Tooling Solutions traveled to Wixom, Michigan, to install the two-component mixing and dispensing system and produce the inaugural casting. One of those experts was Jörg Hörz, Head of Production & Process Engineering at RAMPF Tooling Solutions: “Collaboration with our U.S. colleagues went very smoothly. We are extremely happy that they can now make full use of the potential that Close Contour Casting offers and make a real start with it in the NAFTA markets.”

Close Contour Casting now joins the RAKU® TOOL product portfolio of RAMPF Group, Inc., which already includes board materials for modeling and styling, Close Contour board material and pastes, as well as liquid systems that are long established in the NAFTA markets for model and tool engineering. Furthermore, a chemicals lab is currently being built at the company headquarters in Wixom, Michigan, that will enable RAMPF to offer its customers even better and faster support.

Close Contour Casting – the benefits for mold engineering:

  • No time-consuming conventional modeling
  • No bonding of board materials required
  • No handling of liquid chemicals – customers can concentrate entirely on milling work
  • Less manual finishing required, as the surface is seamless, smooth, and very dense thanks to the vacuum casting process

Transatlantic technology transfer: The U.S. subsidiary RAMPF Group, Inc. now supplies the RAKU® TOOL Close Contour  Casting technology for mold engineering developed and perfected by RAMPF Tooling Solutions in Germany. This means that high-quality models and molds can now also be manufactured in the NAFTA markets without the usual time-consuming process of modeling. This is a significant step forward for mold engineering overseas.

“With RAKU® TOOL Close Contour Casting we offer our customers in the aviation industry, automotive engineering, shipbuilding, motorsports, the rail industry, and the wind energy sector a unique technology that will considerably influence the manufacturing process for prototypes, cubing models, molds, and clamping fixtures,” says Mark Davidson, Head of Sales for Tooling Material at RAMPF Group, Inc.

Mold engineering with Close Contour Casting – the manufacturing process

1. First, RAKU® TOOL board material or a combination of board material and EPS (expanded polystyrene) are used to produce a lightweight, close-contour mold according to the customer’s CAD data. Once the mold has been milled, a release agent is applied. The mold is then filled using a special casting process with the aid of a two-component mixing and dispensing system.

2. After removal and curing, the ready-to-mill casting is sent for final processing to the customer…

3 ...who can focus entirely on milling.

 

Close Contour Casting in the United States

RAMPF Group, Inc. received support from Germany during the launch of Close Contour Casting technology. Mold engineering experts from RAMPF Tooling Solutions traveled to Wixom, Michigan, to install the two-component mixing and dispensing system and produce the inaugural casting. One of those experts was Jörg Hörz, Head of Production & Process Engineering at RAMPF Tooling Solutions: “Collaboration with our U.S. colleagues went very smoothly. We are extremely happy that they can now make full use of the potential that Close Contour Casting offers and make a real start with it in the NAFTA markets.”

Close Contour Casting now joins the RAKU® TOOL product portfolio of RAMPF Group, Inc., which already includes board materials for modeling and styling, Close Contour board material and pastes, as well as liquid systems that are long established in the NAFTA markets for model and tool engineering. Furthermore, a chemicals lab is currently being built at the company headquarters in Wixom, Michigan, that will enable RAMPF to offer its customers even better and faster support.

Close Contour Casting – the benefits for mold engineering:

  • No time-consuming conventional modeling
  • No bonding of board materials required
  • No handling of liquid chemicals – customers can concentrate entirely on milling work
  • Less manual finishing required, as the surface is seamless, smooth, and very dense thanks to the vacuum casting process

 

Transatlantischer Technologietransfer: Die US-amerikanische RAMPF Group, Inc. bietet fortan die in Deutschland von RAMPF Tooling Solutions für den Formenbau entwickelte und perfektionierte Gusstechnik RAKU® TOOL Close Contour Casting an. In den Märkten der NAFTA-Region können somit hochwertige Modelle und Formen gefertigt werden – und zwar ohne den hierfür üblichen zeitaufwendigen Modellbau. Ein bedeutender Fortschritt für den Formenbau in Übersee.

„Mit RAKU® TOOL Close Contour Casting bieten wir unseren Kunden in der Luftfahrtbranche, im Automobil- und Schiffsbau, Motorsport, in der Eisenbahnindustrie sowie im Windenergiesektor eine einzigartige Technologie, die den Herstellungsprozess von Urmodellen, Cubingmodellen, Formen und Aufspannvorrichtungen maßgeblich beeinflussen wird“, sagt Mark Davidson, Vertriebsleiter für Tooling-Material bei RAMPF Group, Inc.

Formenbau mit Close Contour Casting – der Herstellungsprozess

1. Zu Beginn wird gemäß den CAD-Daten des Kunden mit RAKU® TOOL Blockmaterial oder einer Kombination von Blockmaterial und EPS (Expandiertes Polystyrol) eine leichtgewichtige, konturnahe Form hergestellt. Nach dem Fräsen der Form wird ein Trennmittel aufgetragen. Anschließend wird die Form in einem speziellen Gießverfahren und mithilfe einer Zweikomponenten-Misch- und Dosieranlage befüllt.

2. Nach dem Entformen und Aushärten wird der fräsbereite Gießling für die Endbearbeitung an den Kunden gesendet…

3 …der sich ausschließlich auf das Fräsen konzentrieren kann.

Close Contour Casting in den USA

Bei der Einführung der Close Contour Casting-Technologie bekam die RAMPF Group, Inc. Unterstützung aus Deutschland. Formenbau-Experten von RAMPF Tooling Solutions reisten nach Wixom, Michigan, um vor Ort die Zweikomponenten-Misch-und Dosieranlage zu installieren und den ersten Gießling zu fertigen. Einer von ihnen war Jörg Hörz, Leiter Produktion und Verfahrenstechnik bei RAMPF Tooling Solutions: „Die Zusammenarbeit mit unseren US-Kollegen hat sehr gut funktioniert. Wir freuen uns, dass sie die Potenziale des Close Contour Casting nun voll ausschöpfen und hiermit in den NAFTA-Märkten durchstarten können.“

Close Contour Casting vervollständigt das RAKU® TOOL Produktportfolio der RAMPF Group, Inc. Denn Modellbau- und Styling-Blockmaterialien, Close Contour-Blocks und -Pasten sowie flüssige Systeme haben sich im Modell- und Werkzeugbau in den NAFTA-Märkten längst etabliert. Darüber hinaus wird am Hauptsitz in Wixom, Michigan, zurzeit ein Chemielabor errichtet, welches es RAMPF ermöglichen wird, seine Kunden fortan noch besser und schneller bedienen zu können.

Close Contour Casting – die Vorteile für den Formenbau:

  • Herkömmlicher, zeitaufwendiger Modellbau entfällt
  • Kein Verkleben von Blockmaterialien erforderlich
  • Keine Handhabung von Flüssigchemikalien: Kunden können sich ausschließlich auf Fräsarbeiten konzentrieren
  • Geringerer manueller Nachbearbeitungsaufwand, da Oberfläche aufgrund Vakuumgießverfahren fugenlos, glatt und sehr dicht ist
  • Mehr Nachhaltigkeit durch weniger Materialverbrauch, Fräsaufwand und Abfall