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In manufacturing processes, wax materials are often used for their easy-to-remove properties. Wax has the property of burning with very low residues, making it perfect for investment casting, also called lost wax casting.
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Wax is the name of a broad collection of organic substances that are malleable, water repellent (hydrophobic) solids at room temperature. Most waxes are not a single compound but are a complex blend of different ingredients.
Waxes can be categorised into three groups depending on where they came from – natural (plants and animals), mineral (fossil fuels) and synthetic (made by humans).
Wax has many diverse uses, including objects made from it like candles and crayons; products that contain it such as polish, paint and lipstick; and materials coated in it such as paper and cheese.
A layer of wax is often added to the bottom of skies, snowboards, surfboards and drawer slides to reduce frication, and it is still widely used as a mold release agent in mold making.
The different types of wax are usually divided into three main groups:
The techniques used to produce a wax depends on the raw ingredients and the volume being manufactured. The processes used in the production of beeswax and paraffin wax demonstrate the most common:
Beeswax is secreted from glands in the abdomen of honeybees. The bees chew the wax to give it a firmer texture then use it as a building material to form a honeycomb.
Parafﬁn waxes are refined from crude oil, which can contain anywhere from 2% to 30% solid wax depending on its quality and origin.
Following these steps, the wax will likely undergo further processing depending on its intended application. This may include adding or removing colors and scents, or blending with other waxes and additives to alter its properties.
The three most widely used wax manufacturing techniques are:
Once hardened, this wax version is removed from the mold and coated in several layers of a fire-proof, stucco-like material. Upon drying, it is placed upside down in a kiln where the wax melts and runs away to leave a void the exact shape and size of the original object. Molten metal is poured into this void and once cooled, the stucco shell is sand-blasted or hammered away to reveal a rough-casting which can then be ground, filed and polished.
A wax nano-emulsion is made by exposing the wax to specific chemicals or ultrasonic sound waves. This breaks it into microscopic particles that are small enough to mix with water and form smooth, stable fluids or gels.
There are several reasons why wax is still routinely used throughout the world:
Wax also has several downsides:
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