Today, almost everything we use is made out of metal. What we don’t know is how the process takes place in creating, molding and designing a by-product of different kinds of metal. Unlike clay pots where clay is molded by human hands on a potter’s wheel, metal cannot go through the same method – most probably because metal isn’t the easiest to mold nor is it the best idea to touch either especially when metal is all hot and liquid-like.
These metal items we use are molded through the process of die casting. Diecastings undergo a complicated process but is mostly automated. There is a wide variation of metal that can be made into die casts like aluminum, zinc, copper and etc, but the metal depends on the desired finished product. In the die casting process, metal, in it melted form, is poured into a mold cavity which is shaped not necessarily like the finished product but similar to it with space for designing and further molding before sending it off as completely finished.
While diecastings are in demand and have a lot of advantages for a manufacturing company, there are also some disadvantages that die casting companies have to be aware of and will have to make do or find ways to lessen the disadvantage.
The main disadvantage of die casting is probably the fact that the whole process is very expensive. The initial cost of the whole process – machines, metal – anything required to die cast are quite costly thus to save up on the costs acquired in die casting and make it an economical process, volume manufacturing has to be done. This way, at least you’ll be producing more by-products and saving money. Diecastings are also limited only to high fluidity metals so choosing the right metals for a specific product has to become part of the daily process. Casting weights also have limitations – casts must not be less than 30g and yet, not more than 10kg. Aside from weight limitations, casting also limits on the thickness and size of the die cast product, only allowing not more than 600mm or 24 inches and the thickest part must not exceed 13mm or 0.5 inches.
Reputable diecastings manufacturers are astute in careful planning for financial economical processes, as well as proper utilization of material resources. It is best to trust only reliable die casting companies so not to waste money and time for errors.