Upcoming Events in the Die Casting Industry

With summer coming to an end, schools starting up their new year, and the weather ever-so-slowly shifting to a crisper and cooler feel, it’s time to start looking ahead into the fall and thinking about what the rest of 2013 will bring. You may already be buying Christmas presents and making plans for New Year’s Eve, but don’t forget about some important events coming up in the die casting industry before then!

What kind of events are we talking about? Trust us—there are plenty to choose from.

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5 Great States That Aren’t Missing a Beat This Labor Day

Originally created in 1882, Labor Day originated as a holiday for workers, primarily union workers. In 1894, the holiday became nationally recognized, as an official holiday. Initial celebrations included parades, parties, speeches, while still popular these events are less common. Many people enjoy the day by hanging around the house with family or neighbors, enjoying the warm weather as the fall months approach.

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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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