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What is the lost wax process?

Learn about the lost wax in the manufacturing process.

A wax hand, shown here, could benefit from this process. [© Jupiter Images, 2009]
© Jupiter Images, 2009
A wax hand, shown here, could benefit from this process.

This process is used for making valve parts, small gears, magnets, surgical tools, and jewelry. It involves the use of a wax pattern between a two-layered mold. The wax is removed by melting and replaced with molten metal -- hence the name lost wax.

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