Low-Volume Castings

August 2022 | 5 Minute Read

Low-volume castings are designed to ensure reliability and durability while offering low-volume production of metal parts.

Metal castings are used for a variety of products. These include automotive, marine, and industrial products.

There are many benefits when considering low-volume castings for your manufacturing.  Low-volume castings save companies money, design flexibility, time, and less disturbance from supply chain interruption

According to Manufacutring.net, “Low-volume manufacturing, rapid prototyping and 3D printing are all great options that provide design flexibility that mass manufacturing cannot match. Since products are manufactured in smaller quantities, it doesn’t greatly impact the whole order if a company wants to modify the design. This gives companies peace of mind and the option to perfect the product before it is consumer facing.”

Low volume metal castings are usually made from low alloy steels, or aluminum alloys including AlSi7Mg, AlSi5Mg, and AlSi4Mg. Most Aluminum metal castings are parts that are used in a variety of applications, including automotive prototyping and machine parts.

Low-Volume Castings and Manufacturing

There are a few processes when it comes to low-volume metal castings. The most popular are Plaster Mold Casting and No-Bake Sand casting. These are perfect applications for low-volume manufacturing.

Plaster Mold Castings for Low-Volume Manufacturing

Similar to investment casting without the heavy upfront costs, Plaster Mold Casting provides companies with many low-volume casting benefits.

Many companies elect Plaster Mold Casting for their low-volume casting needs because of the lower upfront costs, and the fast turn times. and smooth finishes. Plaster mold castings can be used in a variety of applications for defense, automotive, agricultural, and medical.

Plaster mold casting

Low-Volume No-Bake Sand Castings

An excellent choice to help companies save costs and produce similar results to die casting is electing for No-Bake Sand Castings.

No-Bake Sand Casting can yield tight tolerances and if working with a company like Precise Cast, parts can further be machined to reach even tighter tolerances.

Using one company to accomplish all manufacturing required for these parts helps companies rely less on the supply chain. Thereby making their manufacturing times even faster.

Although Die Casting and Investment Mold Casting is great metal casting choices, they can cause companies large upfront cost for dies and are best suited for high production runs.

Explore the differences between Sand Casting and Die Casting

At Precise Cast, our low-volume castings offer the same quality control, precision castings, and attention to detail needed for companies just like yours.

All of our low-volume metal castings are manufactured to your specifications and are available in Aluminum, Zinc, Magnesium, or a variety of alloys and finishes.

Sand Casting

Low-Volume Aluminum Casting

Low-volume aluminum castings are used in the construction of bridges, buildings, and vehicles.

Low-volume aluminum castings are perfect for prototype and production applications. They are ideal for small to medium builds where large volumes of parts are not required.

At Precise Cast, We offer a wide range of tolerances, as well as a variety of alloys for perfect for low-colume castings

Low-volume aluminum castings are ideal for prototypes and small production runs, as they are lightweight and have good fatigue life. They are used in aircraft, automotive, and medical applications where they require high mechanical strength with low weight.

Low-volume aluminum castings can be difficult to manufacture using conventional techniques. Our products are designed to provide a cost-effective solution for low-volume castings, especially when small dimensions are required.

Low-Volume Zinc Castings

Zinc castings are designed for high-quality products. They are used in a wide range of applications, including automotive and personal transportation, marine and recreational vehicles

Low-volume zinc castings are produced by pouring liquid metal into a mold. The molds are made from plastic, plaster, sand, or aluminum.

Low-volume zinc castings are characterized by their fine grain, tight tolerances, and excellent surface finishes. They are often used for engineered components, die-cast parts, as well as decorative and artistic pieces.

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Low-Volume Magnesium Castings

Magnesium castings are available in many grades, shapes, and sizes. Low-density magnesium castings are unique in combination with excellent physical properties and good corrosion resistance. It is the ideal material for the reduced the weight of most products.

Low-volume magnesium castings are a low-cost alternative to high-quality, heavy-duty components for use in automotive and aerospace applications. With a high level of dimensional stability, this casting material is ideal for critical engine blocks and other designs where low weight is essential.

L-volume magnesium castings are ideal for applications where heat dissipation is a concern. Foundries use additional surface cooling and vacuum infiltration to achieve the best cooling efficiency, while still maintaining mechanical properties similar to those of aluminum.

Low-Volume Casting Quote

Contact Precise Cast to get a quote for your low-volume casting needs. Our engineering teams use state-of-the-art technology to bring ideas from conception to production.

Precise Cast Prototypes and Engineering is an American-based manufacturing company near Denver, Colorado. We focus on Rapid Prototyping and Low-volume manufacturing of metal castings. We also house a fully equipped CNC machine shop.

We specialize in Aluminum, Zinc Magnesium Castings, and CNC Machined Parts.

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