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Published: 26 Apr, 2021

Advantages Of Metal Castings

Author: M. Hagaman | Updated May 2022 | 6-minute read.

6 Advantages Of Metal Casting For Your Manufactured Parts

aluminum for metal castings

What are the Advantages of Metal Castings?

There are many choices for manufacturing, but Metal Castings are the top form of manufacturing for many reasons.

 

  1. Cost-Effectiveness
  2. Speed
  3. Ease of complex parts
  4. Product Quality
  5. The flexibility of Surface finish
  6. Recyclability

Metal castings are used in a variety of industries, such as medical prototypes, automotive, and aerospace applications.

Castings have high strength and excellent fatigue properties meaning they don’t break easily.

The advantages of metal castings vary, but castings can achieve tighter dimensional tolerances than machined products because they are poured into molds rather than cut.

Castings also provide a good surface finish with less machining required. We are able to achieve a smooth surface finish of Ra 63 µinch (Ra 16 µm)  which is very comparable to a die-cast process surface finish, without the high die-cast cost.

Comparing Benefits of Casting Methods 

Learn more about Sand Castings vs Die Castings or Rubber Plaster Mold Casting vs Investment Casting. 

Sand casting Vs Die Casting

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Weight Reduction- Casting Benefits

When saving weight is crucial, this can be another advantage of Metal Castings.  When selecting the proper alloys’ or metal, you can drastically reduce the weight of applications.

This makes metal castings an ideal choice for very large components—such as engine blocks, aerospace parts, or defense.

 

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What is Metal Casting and its Benefits?

Metal casting is a highly specialized metalworking process that involves pouring molten metal into a mold.

This manufacturing process consists of three main steps: the preparation of the mold, the melting and casting of the actual metal, and finally the removal of the final product from its mold.

The advantages of metal casting include material conservation, detailed designs, small production quantities, and low costs.

Sand mold metal casting

With the recent push for Made in America, more companies are choosing American-based manufacturing companies.

Whether switching manufacturing processes, or new to metal casting, companies are looking for faster turn times, less disruption in the supply chain, and better cost-effectiveness.

Many are learning the advantages of metal castings for their manufactured parts, including speed, quality, and recyclability.

6 Advantages of Metal Castings Explained

1) Cost

Why is metal casting a cost-effective form of manufacturing?

Metal castings provide a more cost-effective option when it comes to low-volume manufacturing because of speed, low tooling costs, and ease of complex geometries.

It also provides a simple process to produce parts that can be done without machining.

Advantages of metal castings

2) Time-

Rapid Manufacturing

Because metal castings are poured they require minimal tooling. Parts can be produced quickly and in minimal or mass quantities, making them a perfect option for low-volume manufacturing.

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3) Complex Structures

Metal castings are a great choice for complex parts as they offer design flexibility as castings can be offered in a variety of sizes and shapes.

Another advantage of metal casting is you can achieve hollow sections or internal cavities with ease.

Casts can be exceedingly small or even incredibly large without compromising quality or their structure.

Even the most complex parts can be metal cast which may be more time-saving and cost effective than machined.

engine block metal castings

4) Product Quality

Metal castings offer high compressive strength and can produce thin walls without losing structural integrity.

Because metal castings are poured, you can quickly get consecutive quality cast parts. But not all Foundries have the knowledge and experience to produce exceptional quality metal castings. 

 

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5) The Surface Finish Of The Part

Although metal castings don’t automatically have finished surfaces metal castings can quickly be ground, smoothed, or painted to finish your part. Precise Cast provides in-house coating and paintings to expedite parts for our customers.

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6) Recyclability of Metal

Many metal casting companies work with local recycling companies to help reduce waste. Also, most metal casting companies use less power consumption than other manufacturing options. You can learn more about Metal Recycling from companies like Rubicon. Read more about their Aluminum recycling program.

Importance of Metal Casting 

Foundries have been around since early Mesopotamia. The processes of heating metal and pouring it into complex shapes were used throughout China and Asia throughout history. 

Even today, the metal casting industry is projected to grow.  

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Learn More about Metal Castings

At Precise Cast, we live and breathe metal castings. Our company was built around the efficiency, quality, and speed of metal castings.

We have an entire team dedicated to product quality, looking for a perfect pour and perfect cast every time.

Companies like Precise Cast have been producing fast turn metal castings for over 20 years and are ready to help more companies looking to expedite their manufacturing processes.

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Preicse Cast Prototpypes and Engineering

We are an American manufacturing company near Denver, CO. Our focus is Rapid Prototyping and Low-Volmue Manufacturing.

We specialize in aluminum, zinc, and magnesium metal castings. We also offer the newest technology in our in-house CNC machine shop.

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