|Die casting is a manufacturing process in which molten metal is injected, under pressure, into a hardened steel die or also called mold. Dies are often water-cooled. Dies are then opened, and the die castings are ejected (many times thousands of parts each day, sometimes only a few hundred). Once the tooling is paid for, die casting is a very inexpensive aluminum part manufacturing process.
Compare die casting to other manufacturing processes
Size Range: Not normally over 2 feet square.
Part Weights: .001 pounds to 10 pounds.
Parts comply with the EU RoHS standards
Setup Cost: New tooling setup is free with free first article report.
- Aluminum die cast parts ± .002"/in.
- Add ± .001" to ±.015" across parting line depending on size.
Surface Finish: 32-63RMS.
Minimum Draft Requirements: Aluminum 1° to 3°.
Normal Minimum Section Thickness:
Aluminum die cast parts: 0.060" small parts, 0.090" medium parts.
Ordering Quantities: Sometimes less than 100 parts, but usually 1,000 parts or more.
Normal Lead Time:
Tooling: Sometimes as little as 4 weeks or as much as 12 weeks.
Samples: Usually the week the die is available.
Production: Starts usually within two weeks (sometimes less) after approval
Possible Shapes: A wide variety of shapes with weight ranging from 50 grams to 3500 gram
COMPARE HIGH PRESSURE DIE CASTING IN ALUMINUM, TO OTHER MANUFACTURING PROCESSES
Compared with forgings, die casting can be more complex in shape and have shapes not forgeable, can have thinner sections, be held to closer dimensions, and have coring not feasible in forging.
Plastic Injection moldings
Compared with plastic injection moldings, die casting are stronger, stiffer, more stable dimensionally, more heat resistant, and are far superior to plastics on a properties/coat basis. They help prevent radio frequency and electromagnetic emissions. For chrome plating, die castings are much superior to plastics. Die castings have a high degree permanence under load compared to plastics, are completely resistant to ultra-violet rays, weathering, and stress-cracking in the presence of various reagents. Manufacturing cycles for producing die castings are much faster than for injection moldings.
Compared to extrusions, die casting can be produced faster and more net shape. Features and depressions on the sides, tops and bottoms can be created in one operation. There is less waste using die casting than extrusion. Holes can be cast in place to save additional machining cost.
Compared with stampings, one die casting can often replace several parts. Die casting frequently require fewer assembly operations, can be held within closer dimensional limits, can have almost any desired variation in section thickness, involve less waste in scrap, and are producible in more complex shapes. Die castings can be made in many shapes not producible in stamped form.
Screw Machine Parts
Compared with screw machine products, die castings are produced more rapidly, involve much less waste in scrap, can be made into shapes that are difficult or impossible to produce from bar or tubular stock, and may require fewer operations.
Compared with sand castings, die castings require much less machining, can be made with thinner walls, can have all or nearly all holes cored to size, can be held within much closer dimensional limits, and are produced more rapidly in dies which make thousands of die castings without replacement. Die castings do not require new cores for each casting, are easily provided with inserts die cast in place, have smoother surfaces and involve much less labor cost per casting.
Permanent mold castings
Compared with permanent mold castings, die castings can be made to closer dimensional limits and with thinner sections and holes can be cored to near net shape. Die castings are produced at higher rates with less manual labor, have smoother surfaces, and usually cost less per die casting.