In 1998 the company began to work alongside the Minardi F1 team, supplying them the engineering process, the manufacturing process optimization and the manufacturing of front and rear uprights: they began from the study of the Rapid Casting with Titanium alloys that were never used before in F1 in casting procedures with RP disposable patterns but only CNC machined.
CRP Meccanica is the first company that has introduced in motorsport first and then in other sectors the Titanium Rapid Casting.
Titanium Rapid Casting is a very interesting technology for customers, thanks to some properties, well known and used by CRP Meccanica:
- the production of performing parts with complex geometries and shapes
- the use of Titanium alloys (especially the Ti-6Al4V alloy) lighter than Steel
- the possibility to carry out a better post stress control of the piece compared to composites
- short terms in casting procedure
- the life of the part
- fewer limits in designing
- cost reduction
The Titanium Rapid Casting due to the well-know high reactivity of Titanium alloys was considered to be a dream for many despite several studies have been carried out at international level.
The ashes that are originated during the model evacuation off the ceramic shell, when in contact with Titanium can provoke chemical reactions that damage the finished casting. They must be deleted before the casted metal is poured in the ceramic shell.
The “CRP method” and the research process of the company on polystyrene materials (Windform PS) have allowed the reactivity to be under control with a considerable reduction of ashes.