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Rapid realisation of metal parts for historic sports cars – A case study

03-19-2009 05:33 PM CET | Industry, Real Estate & Construction

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MTT Technologies, formerly MCP Group Tooling Technologies, has introduced a new Metal Part Casting System which has proved to be a convenient and economical solution for historic sports car specialist, James Watt Automotive Limited, in the production of parts for the restoration of some important vehicles ( In most instances the company is making significant cost savings and crucially a reduction of around 3 to 4 months’ lead time when compared with traditional production methods such as wooden or resin pattern manufacture.

Cars currently being restored or made race ready for clients by James Watt Automotive Ltd, include a 1984 Ferrari Testerossa , a 2002 GT RS Porsche (one of only 38 made), a 1955 Daimler Dart and a 1974 Mclaren F1 plus, of particular interest, a collection of historically important Matra Sports prototype and Formula 1 cars.

The James Watt team handles design, machining, fabrication and engine building in house and the MTT Metal Part Casting System helps them to rapidly produce metal parts which deliver both performance and durability. The original one-piece wheels on the Matra MS650 were cast from lightweight magnesium and only expected to last for one race. The team at James Watt has designed a three-piece wheel for the vehicle which is cast in MTT’s A357.1 aerospace grade, corrosion- proof alloy - still light enough for racing but with far better durability. The new MTT Metal Part Casting Process is based on the investment ( lost wax ) casting process but weeks quicker. The Thermojet models are first encapsulated in ceramic under vacuum in the system’s casting flask. As the flask is dried in the system’s oven, the Thermojet model is melted out, the resulting ceramic mould is placed into the casting unit where melting and pouring of the metal into the ceramic is controlled by touch screen. A high pressure water jet is used to remove the ceramic from the flask leaving a perfect metal casting with no sand blasting required. The whole process can be completed in one day from “burnout” models, such as Thermojet, SLS or wax. However, process time is increased to three days when conventional or SLA models of the part are provided, as it is necessary to produce a wax casting first (using RTV silicone moulds and the MTT Vacuum Casting Process - Designed primarily for in-house casting of quick metal parts in zinc, aluminium, bronze or brass in quality comparable to pressure die-casting components. The largest version of the system (MPA 1500) has a capacity of up to 27kg or 59lbs. The Metal Part Casting System is supplied by MTT to customers all over the world as a complete package, including machines, materials and training.

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Author: Ronald Simmonds, MTT Technologies Group, formerly MCP-Group

MTT Technologies, formerly MCP Group, has had more than 50 years experience in designing and supplying process technologies, equipment and proprietary materials foremost to the aircraft and automotive industry; workholding and material solutions for machining turbine blades and optical lenses; prototype sheet metal forming systems; metal spray mould processes for plastics tooling. One of the most popular processes is MCP now MTT Vacuum Casting which was introduced as the very first supplier long ago as 1987. MCP now MTT Vacuum Casting enables high quality low volume production of plastic and nylon parts and wax parts for metal prototyping. With over 1500 installations worldwide in the prototyping industry, MCP now MTT is recognised the state of the art supplier with the leading technology. Further interesting products, facts and information. Purpose built, injection moulding machines for prototyping requirement: Silicone, soft tooling technology. 2002: MCP receives the highly regarded TÜV Rheinland certification for vacuum casting machines and is the only manufacturer to supply vacuum casting equipment with the very highest international safety rating: TÜV GS Rheinland, VDE, CE and DIN ISO 9001. 2002: The introduction of the MCP - Realizer SLM using Selective Laser Melting Technology which builds Tools and single individual engineering and implant parts in pure, dense steel cobalt - chrome and titanium from CAD data files.

Going back as long as 25 years, all MCP now MTT processes have been sold and supplied worldwide with comprehensive hands-on training course in mould and prototype production through MCP's own technicians. See our reference list.

2008 - After merging the MCP Group and Sidech SA the independent MTT Technologies Group was founded. This Technology Group continues to produce and develop the various tooling technologies as well as the new Selective Laser Melting Technology via factories in Germany and UK as well as a global distributor network.

MTT supplies the Full Service Supplier
the widest range of machines, mould making and casting materials, tools and accessories, complete customer training - worldwide. MTT Tooling and Casting Technologies guarantee the quickest return on investment.

MTT Technologies Ltd.
Whitebridge Way, Whitebridge Park, Stone,
Staffordshire ST15 8LQ.
Tel: +44 (0)1785 815651
Fax: +44 (0)1785 812115


MTT Technologies GmbH
Roggenhorster Strasse 9 c
D- 23556 Lübeck
Tel. +49 451/16082- 0
Fax.+49 451/16082 - 250

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