How Die Casting Got Its Name

The process of die casting traces back to the 1800’s. It was in 1838 that the first die casting equipment was invented to produce parts for the printing industry. It was later patented for mechanized printing type production. The use of die casting equipment was limited to this industry for a couple decades before it became an integral component in the production of parts for other products like consumer goods and appliances.

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Cold Chamber Machines vs. Hot Chamber Machines

Those who aren’t involved in the industry typically have a generic understanding of die casting. For many, it might only go as far as being familiar with the key terminology, such as knowing that the mold is referred to as a die.

Expanding on this concept would explain that the die acts as variable element, and is injected with molten metal. This process is generally done under high pressure, exerting the force on the die. The molten metal can be injected two different ways, the difference between the two is referred to as Hot and Cold Chamber processes.

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NADCA Guidelines for Die Cast Production Part Purchasing

Requesting a Quote

Quite often I receive an inquiry or a request for quote for an aluminum die cast part using either a 2D print or a 3D model. The request is for unit pricing along with a tooling charge to determine whether the die cast process makes sense economically versus other manufacturing processes.

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Aluminum Die Casting: Alloy Information

It is not uncommon to have questions about die casting, aluminum die casting in particular. With so many alloys available, it makes it difficult to differentiate the products. The question of which alloy to select for a particular part comes up very often during a product design review.

We offer five main types of aluminum alloys, each having a special characteristic of their own. Many decisions are based off of the product being made and the durability it will require post production.

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