Vacuum Casting – Low volume production runs
Vacuum Casting allows for the faithful reproduction of components in a wide range of polyurethane resins to simulate production materials. Vacuum casting, thanks to developments in machine and material capabilities enables customers to produce highest quality prototypes and quickly manufacture short-run production components in the right material for their individual project.
“We have previously used alternative suppliers for our Vacuum Casting projects, the quality of parts we received from LPE was head and shoulders above the rest. ”
At LPE we are proud to have a highly skilled team of dedicated craftsmen, with a wealth of experience in the production of high quality cast components. Vacuum Castings can not only be produced in a wide range of surface finishes and colours, but can also be drilled, tapped, insert moulded and over moulded on request.
With over 25 Vacuum Casting Materials available and full in house finishing and painting services LPE can help ensure your casting project is delivered on time and to the highest part quality.
With over 25 Vacuum Casting materials* held in stock, LPE offers a comprehensive range of materials including engineering & specialist materials, elastomers and silicon rubbers, ensuring you can get the closest possible match to you production requirements.
- Flexible PP
- Tough & Functional PC
- High Temperature PP / PE / ABS / Filled POM
- Medically approved ABS
- Flame Retardant ABS
- FDA Food Safe ABS
- Variable shore Elastomers
- High transparency Silicone
Unsure which material is right for your project? View our Vacuum Casting Materials Comparison Table.
*In addition to stock materials LPE are happy to work with customers to identify alternative casting materials where possible, for further information please contact a member of our sales team
Our Vacuum Casting room include three casting machines allowing us to meet customer specified lead times for casting projects.
The Variomatic 5/01 machine allows us to offer silicon and quick pour materials with a build size of approx. 320 x 320 x 550mm.
MCP 001 & MCP 003
Running both the MCP 001 & MCP 003 LPE can produce Vacuum Casting components up to 850 x 1200 x 600mm
In addition to producing casting to customer specified PANTONE / RAL colours we can provide a range of finishing options of all castings including;
- Spark – Fine/Medium
- Metallic Paint
Some of the most common applications of Vacuum Casting include
- Rapid Manufacturing/Short Production Runs
- Aesthetic Models
- Rubber Components
- Customer Evaluations / Early market testing
- Product Testing & Trials
- JIT Manufacturing
Short Lead Times:
Typical lead times for first off Vacuum Casting components are 5-8 working days unless otherwise stated.
Wide range of materials:
With over 25 near production grade stock Vacuum Casting materials LPE can help identify the most suitable material for your individual project requirements.
An ISO9001 approved supplied LPE are committed to offering the highest levels of part quality with regular quality checking throughout the vacuum casting process. When producing a master pattern, we are happy to provide this to the customer for verification prior to casting – this is likely to extend the lead times and should be requested on placement of order.
Expert, Impartial Advice:
Offering a range of Rapid Prototyping and Additive Manufacturing services LPE guarantees impartial advice supported by over 20 years experience in the industry, ensuring you get the most from your Rapid Prototyping project.
Committed to Customer Service:
LPE is committed to offering the highest possible levels of customer service customer service. We endeavour to provide a fast, professional response to all customer enquiries at all stages of the sales process from initial enquiry to after sales support.
LPE work with local couriers to offer free Next Day Delivery on all orders. For time sensitive projects speak to the sales team about A.M. and Saturday delivery.
“Stereolithography models allow us to do production intents within days. On one project alone it saved us £100,000 in tooling costs and reduced the lead time from 7 months to 7 days”