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Metal Casting is a process that has been around for centuries—with advancements in modern technology allowing for the more complex shapes and higher quality parts we see today. The process of metal casting involves pouring molten metal into a mold and allowing it to cool, thus providing the basic structure for a component. However, this initial casting can lead to the presence of porosity, minute imperfections, or air pockets within the structure. This is where Hot Isostatic Pressing can offer improvements.

Hot Isostatic Pressing utilizes pressure and temperature to remove defects and improve the mechanical properties of metal parts. The process involves placing the part in a pressure vessel filled with inert gas and heating it to a high temperature while subjecting it to isostatic pressure. This helps to close any internal voids, eliminate porosity, and improve the overall density and strength of the part.

When incorporated into the metal casting process, Hot Isostatic Pressing ensures that parts made from aluminum, steel, titanium, and other alloy castings achieve a level of integrity that’s hard to match with traditional processes. It also reduces the risk of failure in service—making it a popular choice in industries where performance under extreme conditions is paramount—such as aerospace and defense.

Some of the most valuable benefits include:

Improved Mechanical Properties

HIP helps to eliminate defects, resulting in parts with higher density and strength. This is particularly important for parts that need to withstand high stress or pressure, such as those used in aerospace or oil & gas applications.

Cost-Effective Solutions

HIP can reduce the overall cost of production by eliminating the need for secondary operations such as welding or brazing. It also reduces the risk of part failure, which can be costly.

Greater Design Freedom

Metal casting combined with HIP allows for greater design freedom, as it can produce complex shapes and geometries that would be difficult or impossible to achieve with other processes.

At Kittyhawk, our commitment to quality has seen us become a trusted partner in the manufacturing process, particularly in the integration of Hot Isostatic Pressing and Metal Casting. Our work has been pivotal in increasing the efficiency of manufacturing processes of many of our clients and improving the quality of finished products—enhancing performance and reliability. 

We pride ourselves in consistently delivering quality parts promptly and efficiently. We maintain AS9100 and NADCAP standards, comply with ITAR and EAR import and export regulations, and are long-term trusted manufacturing partners for many of our clients.

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About Kittyhawk

Kittyhawk Inc. is a premier provider of Hot Isostatic Pressing services, established in 1981. We cater to various industries such as aerospace, defense, automotive, oil & gas, firearms, medical, and commercial, delivering quality parts with quick turnaround times. Adhering to AS9100 and NADCAP standards, we also comply with ITAR and EAR import and export regulations and hold a CLASS 07 FFL. Visit to learn more.