Lestercast is a leading UK Investment Casting manufacturer supplying global markets. Established over 50 years ago, we offer bespoke and often, very complex components in an extensive range of metals and specialist alloys.
With 50 years knowledge and expertise we pride ourselves in achieving the highest quality components for our customers whilst accomplishing the fastest turnaround.
We are accredited with the automotive specification IATF 16949:2016 and the quality management specification ISO 9001:2015 and we’re also proud members of the Cast Metals Federation. Lestercast manufactures high integrity, ferrous and non-ferrous, precision, investment castings for the automotive, motorsport, marine, medical, aerospace, and rail industries, just to name a few. We are also very proud of our F4N Fit 4 Nuclear status which allows us to work directly within the Nuclear supply chain.
We produce over 1 million parts annually for 170 different global companies using over 100 metal specifications, across 20 different industry sectors.
Some of our investment casting production methods include;
Rapid Prototyping we offer a dedicated Rapid Prototyping service (also known as Additive Manufacturing (AM) to assist with our in-house tooling facility.
We can produce printed wax patterns in hours and turn them into investment castings in as little as 1-2 weeks. It is approximately 4-6 weeks for conventional casting methods.
By 3D printing waxes, accurate complex 3D shapes are produced quickly and efficiently from CAD drawings. 3D printing the waxes eliminates the need for tooling and the cost of modifications to the part would be considerably reduced.
The complex metal shapes formed through rapid prototyping would potentially be impossible to make via other casting methods.
Lost Wax Casting or Investment Casting can be integrated with a variety of metals and alloys such as carbon steel, stainless steel, aluminium, brass, bronze, copper, zinc and super-alloys such as Inconel and Hastelloy.
Thin-walled casting Lestercast has developed a special investment casting process for producing thin wall castings (to 1.5mm). This method is used when very light, high strength parts are required. The process is particularly beneficial for high temperature steels such as Inconel and Hastelloy, where weight is a critical factor.
Why Use Our Investment Casting Services?
- We are a leading UK manufacturer with industry recognised accreditations supplying major OEMs globally.
- We have over 50 years experience in delivering quality components at competitive prices.
- We have modern facilities with the latest technology for producing the most complex parts.
- We have a friendly, experienced, knowledgable team, that give each project & customer support and advice throughout the project.
- Due to our experience we can offer investment casting at very competitive prices.
- We offer additional services such as machining, treatments and surface finishing.
- We can provide an on-site stock holding facility to our customers.
- We have modern offices and meeting rooms for our customers to visit and discuss their project requirements.
Below is a list of the most popular metals and alloys in which your product can be manufactured using investment casting, if your preferred material is not listed, please give us a call to discuss;
- Carbon steel casting
- Stainless steel casting
- Aluminium casting
- Brass casting
- Bronze casting
- Copper casting
- Zinc casting
- Superalloys such as Inconel and Hastelloy casting
We deliver a ‘complete investment casting package’ for our customers. By providing innovative solutions, quality products and excellent service we can therefore offer the complete manufacturing solution. Lestercast pride ourselves with an excellent on-time delivery performance and can offer on-site stocking facilities, which are all part of the total solutions package offered by the Investment Casting Centre.
At Lestercast, we have modern manufacturing facilities with the latest in rapid prototyping and production offices, offering up to date MAGMASOFT® simulation software. Our meeting rooms and customer facilities allow us to work closely with our customers to achieve a great result.
We are proud of our foundry and offer prospective customers the chance to take a tour of our facilities and meet the team.
The safety of our customers and staff is paramount, with social distancing measures still in place. Our investment casting has been fully operational throughout the global coronavirus outbreak and we aim to continue providing our customers with a first class service from initial contact through manufacture and delivery.
Alongside our UK foundry we offer attractive casting solutions through our partner foundry in China. Lestercast are able to process and monitor customer orders efficiently with its Chinese partner and ensure customers are kept informed throughout the manufacturing process and deliveries meet scheduled targets.
Rigorous quality controls are applied in the UK to all imported castings to ensure they meet the same high standards as Lestercast’s own manufactured products. In addition, we are able to hold stock on site in the UK, if required, and offer scheduled deliveries in line with customer specifications. Our partner foundry can also offer other manufacturing services such as;
- Vacuum casting
- Water glass
- MIM – Metal injection moulding
- High pressure dye casting
Please tour through our website to see why you should come to Lestercast for all your investment casting requirements. Our highly experienced team would be happy to discuss your requirements and offer advice and assistance.
Should you have a query or question about Investment Casting or Rapid Prototyping and our processes, please contact us directly. We would be more than happy to discuss you’re project.