CapabilitiesNon-ferrous Foundry | CNC Machining
What We Do
Reverse engineering is the process of duplicating a part by determining a part’s physical and material characteristics. We can provide design analysis through the use of 3-D scanning, and we can provide chemical and metallographic analysis to determine materials and any post-production processes used.
Prototype vs. Functional Parts
Often the prototypes we produce are fully functional, but non-functional parts are sometimes produced. Non-functional parts are sometimes used to show potential investors or to test market panels. Whether a non-functional part is less expensive depends on factors such as material specified, part geometry, and exact processes used to produce the part.
Regardless, the project manager assigned to your job will make sure the prototype meets your specific needs at the lowest total cost.
Rapid prototyping (RP) is a process using 3-D CAD design data or 3-D scan data to directly fabricate objects. We can quickly produce your part from a 3-D drawing by using Computerized Numerical Control (CNC) machining.
While Precise Cast is primarily a Rapid Prototype company and Gap/Low-Volume Production specialist manufacturer, we also have relationships in place to seamlessly move from the proof of concept to full die-cast production in EAUs from 1,000 to 100,000 units. This includes all secondary operations (such as CNC machining and coatings) completed, with a single point of supplier contact.
Aluminum Metal Castings
Light metals are an easy move toward green production with 100% recyclability.
With the correct accounting for different densities, end-of-life recycling, and use stage efficiency gains, aluminum parts present a very competitive cradle-to-grave carbon footprint advantage over higher density materials. Approximately 91% of all aluminum parts, in cross-industry averaging, are recycled and returned to the production stream, presenting a huge energy saving in new, reclaimed content parts compared to the use of virgin, newly mined raw material.
Magnesium is the lightest structural metal available. We have chosen two methods that are especially well suited to low-volume production (1-1,000) of magnesium castings – a plaster casting method and sand casting methods.
Zinc alloys are another metal we specialize in casting. Zinc Alloy is strong and stable. It has thermal conductivity properties, corrosion-resistant, and is recyclable.
Selecting a Metal Casting
Selecting a metal casting process is not as simple as selecting the “cheapest” per part price. For a variety of reasons other casting processes may be a better choice. We can help select the best processes based on many factors for your parts. Precise Cast offers free consultation and analysis before any processes are started.
3-, 4- and 5- Axis Machining
Our in-house CNC machine shop provides many choices for CNC machined and billet parts. With a wide range of CNC machining options, such as 3-, 4- and 5 axis machines, we can provide continuous machining services for even the most complex geometries. Precise Cast’s cast and CNC billet machined parts are found throughout the Manufacturing and Consumer Goods market sector.
Post Casting Tempering
Post Casting Tempering
Post Casting Tempering or Heat Treating an alloy casting can result in significant changes from the inherent as-cast mechanical properties. Stabilization, strengthening and hardening are typical enhancements gained through adding tempering to a well cast part. Final mechanical properties are influenced greatly by a number of parameters that can be adjusted within each heat treating process. Heat treating can also negatively affect your part if done incorrectly. For example, improper quenching methods can result in excessive residual stresses in your part which will drastically reduce its fatigue life.
Choosing the correct temper to optimize your part’s final properties can be a difficult task. Let our experienced engineers recommend a specific Heat Treating process for your casting to ensure that your project is a success! CLICK HERE for typical Heat Treating Tempers.
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