FEINGUSS BLANK GmbH

Industriestr. 18, 88499 Riedlingen
Germany
Telephone +49 07371 182-100
Fax +49 07371 182-44300
sales@feinguss-blank.de

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NEWCAST 2019 hall map (Hall 13): stand C07

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NEWCAST 2019 fairground map: Hall 13

Our range of products

Product categories

  • 02  Nonferrous metal castings - Aluminium, zinc, copper, magnesium, nickel and other nonferrous metal foundries
  • 02.02  Production processes
  • 02.02.006  Investment casting
  • 03  Services
  • 03.02  Product development
  • 03.02.001  Design, development and simulation (design optimization, virtual trials)

Our products

Product category: Investment casting, Investment casting, Design, development and simulation (design optimization, virtual trials)

Automation

Maximum flexibility and low weight coupled with high material strength are the main factors during the development of components for transport, conveyor and flexible robot technology. In cooperation with application engineers from FEINGUSS BLANK GmbH, lost wax castings optimized in terms of lightweight engineering are realised in a visually attractive design.

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Product category: Investment casting, Investment casting, Design, development and simulation (design optimization, virtual trials)

Mechanical engineering

Mechanical engineering covers numerous areas of application with a wide range of different requirements. The challenge is supplying the optimum solution for the respective area of application. Our application engineers support you with their know-how so that the most viable technical and economic solution can be realised.

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Product category: Investment casting, Investment casting, Design, development and simulation (design optimization, virtual trials)

Energy technology

In the energy industry, aggressive media and temperatures up to 1000°C are required. Maximum demands are made on material selection and technical component design. You have the challenge in the energy sector? FEINGUSS BLANK is happy to help you turn your project into reality.

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Product category: Investment casting, Investment casting, Design, development and simulation (design optimization, virtual trials)

Pharmaceutical, medical, and rehabilitation technology

Whether it’s lost wax casting solutions for hospital and operating room equipment or for the pharmaceutical and rehabilitation sector you are looking for, FEINGUSS BLANK always has the right idea. Individualized customer solutions in lightweight engineering, high material strength, and superior corrosion resistance represents the decisive challenges made on housings, tripods and prosthetic production.

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Product category: Investment casting, Investment casting, Design, development and simulation (design optimization, virtual trials)

Food and packaging technology

In the food and beverage industries, maximum demands are made on resistance to corrosion, lyes and acids. This makes maximum surface quality and absence of pores absolutely essential.  FEINGUSS BLANK GmbH is a sought-after partner thanks to the expert application-related consultation provided.

The packaging industry is characterized by automated systems which make maximum demands on weight- and strength- optimized components with high wear resistance. Thanks to our variety of materials and the high design freedom offered by lost wax casting, we are a recognized partner for packaging, foil-stretching machines and in strapping technology.

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Product category: Investment casting, Investment casting, Design, development and simulation (design optimization, virtual trials)

Lightweight construction

Saving weight through lightweight construction – by means of modern simulation programmes
we render your investment casting part lighter and therefore more efficient.

FEINGUSS BLANK had the possibility to develop an optimized investment casting solution for racing using the new "Digital Twin" performance package as part of a manufacturing cooperation and thus reduce the material used for the component significantly. In addition, the use of new, lighter alloys and materials creates new potentials for weight optimization.

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Product category: Investment casting, Investment casting, Design, development and simulation (design optimization, virtual trials)

Digital Twin

Recognizing and using potentials for improvement before an investment casting part is even produced! Thanks to new development techniques this smart development is now reality at FEINGUSS BLANK! This cost and time saving method is available for you.

You may have many questions related to your parts’ design: Is the geometry of the investment casting part optimal for the intended use? Is it possible to save material? How can the parts be produced most economically? How can the customer’s benefit be increased mutually?

The BLANK-team can answer these questions early in the development process. The Digital Twin by FEINGUSS BLANK is the key to a sustainable customer’s benefit. The application of most modern techniques makes it possible to simulate the essential manufacturing steps and to recognize weak points and eliminate them.

Possible simulations (among others):
- material simulation
- FEM calculation
- casting and solidification simulation
- topology optimization

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Product category: Investment casting, Investment casting, Design, development and simulation (design optimization, virtual trials)

Additive manufacturing

At the end of 2017, the first 3D printer was purchased in the Mould Division making tools or tool parts based on synthetic resin. The printer is comparable to an inkjet printer, however, the print is done with liquid resins instead of ink and the components for the tool are built up in layers. Whether tool printing is suitable for an investment casting part depends on several factors, such as geometry, accuracy and batch size. FORMENBAU BLANK can print parts up to 250-250-200 mm.

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Product category: Investment casting, Investment casting, Design, development and simulation (design optimization, virtual trials)

Investment casting components

FEINGUSS BLANK does not only produce investment castings - another important part of our company is the machining and assembly of investment castings into finished components.

Your advantage - you receive your assemblies ready for installation from FEINGUSS BLANK!

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Product category: Investment casting, Investment casting, Design, development and simulation (design optimization, virtual trials)

Functional integration

Many people are often unaware of the fact that a company needs investment casting. For example, parts are produced using alternative production methods such as machining. What many do not know: Intelligent investment casting solutions are often more economical to produce than mechanically machined parts!

At FEINGUSS BLANK, functional integration means optimizing existing parts by making the most of the advantages of the casting process and replacing several cutting parts with an investment casting that fulfills the same function.

Simulations and procedures can be used to ensure that the newly generated investment casting withstands the stresses of the final application process. This ensures the feasibility of the investment casting even before the new production. By using additive manufacturing processes, the customer also has the option of having the new investment casting manufactured and tested by FEINGUSS BLANK prior to actual production. This can also be used to secure the subsequent start of series production.

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May 16, 2019

Full speed with investment casting! BLANK develops smart lightweight solution for motor racing

Weight savings is essential in racing. The competitive advantage can be gained with the best, light weight design. Every gram that can be saved on the racing car can make it faster and more agile. Victory or defeat can be determined by only one millisecond. FEINGUSS BLANK developed the best investment casting solution for such a racing car using the "Digital Twin" performance package. As part of a manufacturing cooperation and using our know-how, FEINGUSS BLANK was able to significantly reduce the component weight. FEINGUSS BLANK has recently developed and successfully implemented this service package to our customers. Thanks to new technologies, an investment casting part can be fully optimized by utilizing the Digital Twin package before a single part is manufactured. The Digital Twin by FEINGUSS BLANK is the key to sustaining customer added value. By implementing modern simulation methods, it is possible to simulate the essential steps in production and identify and eliminate possible concerns at an early stage.
 
The "Digital Twin" service package includes the following features, among others:

- Material simulation: What is the right material and heat treatment for the respective application?
- FEM calculation: Does the component withstand the application loading?
- Casting and solidification simulation: Can the component be easily and economically casted?
- Topology optimization: Can the geometry be optimized according to the loads and the casting process?

By means of these simulations, material recommendations, feasibility analysis, and part optimizations can be determined for the customer. Based on the findings of the Digital Twin, the following investment casting process can be realized:

- a safe, economical process through recognition and utilization of cost saving potentials
- complex geometries and the processing of difficult materials
- reduction of processing efforts through highest casting precision combined with intelligent lightweight construction
- reduction and minimization of development times
- weight optimization and reduction of material usage
- reduction of development and production startup costs

The advantages of the Digital Twin by FEINGUSS BLANK are obvious:
Different versions or iterations can be digitally tested finding the best possible option. The concept is reinforced by utilizing various methods of additive manufacturing. Once the design has been fixed, advanced samples and/or prototypes can be quickly produced using 3D printing technology. Cost-intensive tool production is no longer necessary. This combination of digital preparation and rapid availability of the initial components makes the difference. This saves development time and costs while significantly reducing the time to market introduction.

In addition to cost savings, our customers benefit from project security by having a reliable, competent development partner. Originally, the wheel carrier, which was part of the development project in the production cooperation, was fully machined. Now, with the help of our development know-how and corresponding simulations, the optimized casted geometry was developed based on application loading and further enhanced for the casting process.

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May 16, 2019

The vast world of additive manufacturing and new approaches for use in investment casting

Who would have thought 20 years ago that it is possible to print components? The possibilities of additive production continue to grow and pose new challenges for BLANK regarding the investment casting process. "It is important to keep up with the times and test out innovations on the market," says the head of the Mould Construction Division at BLANK, "The creation of a tool is at the beginning of the manufacturing process of an investment casting part, and also here potential is already being exploited by the additive production methods. At the end of 2017 for example, the first 3D printer was purchased in the Mould Division making tools or tool parts based on synthetic resin. The printer is comparable to an inkjet printer, however, the print is done with liquid resins instead of ink and the components for the tool are built up in layers. Whether tool printing is suitable for an investment casting part depends on several factors, such as geometry, accuracy and batch size. FORMENBAU BLANK can print parts up to 250-250-200 mm.”

Beside the components for a tool, the printer can also be of great importance at other points of the investment casting process. For example, parts of fixtures can also be printed for subsequent machining processes. In addition, an appropriate device facilitates the subsequent testing process of the cast part in the measuring laboratory. The person responsible for 3D printing in mold making reports: "We like to use the printer for illustrative material. It's simply something different when you can hand over the later investment casting part to the customer and show him what it will look like one day. This creates mutual understanding and has often enabled design issues to be discussed and clarified in a vivid way." Furthermore, it is possible to verify the form and fit of the future component in the end application. However, the new technology also presented new challenges, especially at the beginning: "If a tool is printed, it is made of plastic," explains the head of the tool and mould shop. "If it is used in the subsequent process in an automatic spraying machine to produce the wax pieces, the tool heats up continuously. Heat dissipation is lower than with a fully milled aluminum tool due to the material. Therefore, suitable measures for cooling the tool must be implemented in order to achieve economical production.", he added. Additive manufacturing provides decisive advantages, such as increased flexibility and significantly faster availability. In addition, this manufacturing method saves time-consuming work steps and optimizes the "time to market". 3D printing is a worthwhile alternative for highly complex components in small batch sizes that must be available quickly and cost-efficiently.

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About us

Company details

The BLANK-Group –Hidden Champion in the heart of Oberschwaben (Upper Swabia)

We are a family-owned business with over 600 employees which has been successfully producing investment casting parts and exporting them all over the world for more than 50 years. Whether steel or aluminum investment castings - we are your partner for the realization of your investment casting idea.
The BLANK-Group, consisting of FEINGUSS and FORMENBAU BLANK GmbH, is one of the leading investment casting foundries with a machining center in Europe. No other metal-forming process can produce as complex and as cost-effective geometries as the lost wax investment casting process. FEINGUSS BLANK’S investment castings are easily distinguishable by the highest level of quality, down to the smallest level of detail, and an almost inexhaustible variety of materials. For more than five decades, we have been a premier partner in the automotive industry, mechanical and plant engineering, electrical engineering, precision mechanics, and many other industries.

Innovations
In order to remain successful in the future, BLANK continuously invests in new technology and systems. "Changes are the engine for new innovations.", says Hubert Deutsch, Managing Director of the BLANK-Group, "It is important for us to continue to be a modern, economically successful, international company in the future".

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