Japanese Mitsubishi Zero Tail Wheel Casting, 3D Printed Mold & Core

The Challenge:

Create a fully functional aluminum casting Tail Wheel bracket from a severely corroded / eroded original part from the 1940s.

The Solution:

Create a 3D CAD model for the part. Create a 3D CAD model ror the mold to cast the part with casting rigging. Build a 3D Printed sand mold with cores. Finish, assemble, the mold & cores. Pour aluminum casting. Heat Treat, finish and CNC machine the casting. 

The Results:

A fully functional structurally sound flying finished product to restore a Japanese Mitsubishi A6M “Zero” aircraft to flying condition after 70 years.