The Advantages of Die Casting
What is Die Casting
Die castings are produced by injecting molten alloys into custom-made steel cavities know as dies. The alloy solidifies in the die to produce the desired component quickly and with high precision.
Imagine having the freedom to design intricate configurations knowing that the components will maintain their integrity through disassembly, repair, re-manufacture, and reassembly. You can choose from many exciting material options including recyclable aluminum, zinc, and ZA alloys.
The strength of these materials give the finished product the rigid look and feel of metal, not to mention performance similar to more expensive counterparts like plastic or advanced composites.
The Advantages of Die Casting
Today's die casting techniques provide the designer with limitless options based on the following advantages over old design assumptions:
- Consistent quality
- High Thermal Conductivity
- High strength to weight ratio where light weight parts are crucial
- Dimensional stability
- Corrosion and dent resistance
- Excellent sound damping properties
- Adherence to close tolerances
- Inherent EMI shielding for electronic applications
- Pressure tightness for hydraulic and pneumatic components
- 100% recyclable
Who can use Die Casting
Because die casting can be produced in nearly every conceivable size and shape - from the smallest electronic component requiring precise engineer and weighing less than one gram, to the largest automotive part requiring durability and strength - almost every manufacturing industry can make use of die castings.
A sampling of the industries benefiting from die casting:
- Architectural Lighting
- Scientific Instruments
- Microwave Technologies
The Process of Die Casting
Humming of hydraulic pumps and high speed drilling machine, steam rising from molten alloy and the contrasting quiet of the engineers design studio all capture the rhythm of die casting. Like cogs in a wheel, well-oiled with experience, skilled tool makers know the details of each job - from the initial design concept to final coating and shipping.
Each step in the process requires inspections with special gauges, measurement tools and testing equipment. Inspection teams ensure that tolerances conform to your exact specifications.
Engineering staff, utilizing their vast experience and expertise, assisted by computer design programs, can make recommendations on improved part functionality, enhanced performance and efficient product working environment. Such value-added involvement can result in a shorter production times, overall cost efficiency and higher product value.
Your parts can then be machined exactly to design specifications and held to tight tolerances with CNC milling, tapping and finishing machines. This results in the maintenance of exceptionally high part quality and quicker run-times.
You can choose from a wide variety of final finishes, such as powder coating, electroplating, anodizing and painting. In addition to decorative finishes, you can select special coatings that withstand atmospheric corrosion and that are wear resistant.
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