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Fused deposition modelling based rapid patterns for investment casting applications: a review

Rupinder Singh (GNDEC LUDHIANA)

Rapid Prototyping Journal

ISSN: 1355-2546

Article publication date: 18 January 2016




This paper aims to review the industrial and biomedical applications of state-of-the-art fused deposition modelling (FDM)-assisted investment casting (FDMAIC). Brief literature survey of methodologies, ideas, techniques and approaches used by various researchers is highlighted and use of hybrid feedstock filament-based pattern to produce metal matrix composite is duly discussed.


Pattern replica required for investment casting (IC) of biomedical implant, machine parts, dentistry and other industrial components can be directly produced by using FDM process is presented. Relevant studies and examples explaining the suitability of FDMAIC for various applications are also presented.


Researches to optimize the conventional IC with FDM solutions and develop new hybrid feedstock filament of FDM done by researchers worldwide are also discussed. The review highlights the benefit of FDMAIC to surgeons, engineers and manufacturing organizations.

Research limitations/implications

The research related to this survey is limited to the suitability and applicability of FDMAIC.


This review presents the information regarding potential IC application, which facilitates the society, engineers and manufacturing organizations by providing variety of components for assisting FDM. The information reported in this paper will serve doctors, researchers, organizations and academicians to explore the new options in the field of FDMAIC.



The authors are thankful to the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi, India, for financial support; Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar; and Managing Director of Saini Precision Casting Pvt. Ltd., India, for providing their facilities to carry out present research work.


Singh, S. and Singh, R. (2016), "Fused deposition modelling based rapid patterns for investment casting applications: a review", Rapid Prototyping Journal, Vol. 22 No. 1, pp. 123-143.



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