Comparing Casting Methods
Die casting price- Don’t be fooled
Die-cast parts are generally one of the cheapest “per part” options available. However, when the cost of the tooling is factored in, it usually takes a large number of parts for die casting to “break-even” with other available processes.
Using our alternatives to die casting can save you time and money and even achieving a better cast part
How soon are the parts needed? Machined parts can be available in 1-5 days. Plaster casting and sand casting can often yield parts in 1-2 weeks. Die-cast parts often take a minimum of 8-12 weeks (usually 12+ weeks).
More To Consider
The finish required on the part – some parts require a very smooth finish: others may not.
The thermal characteristics required of the part – Each casting process has a group of alloys that are best suited for that process. These alloys have different thermal characteristics. See the Metal Casting Physical Properties table for more information.
There is no “right” answer for every casting situation. If there’s one overriding want or need, that might tip the selection in one direction or another. Even if a process doesn’t rank highest in any one category, the overall combination of characteristics might make it the correct selection.
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