Casting is a simple and inexpensive age-old process through which aluminium is formed into a wide array of products. Car engines and power transmissions are some of the products of this process. Over time, technical advances have been made which explains why the aluminium casting process is now much more efficient and faster.
The casting process can be done through 3 methods, die casting, permanent mold casting, and sand casting. Die casting is commonly used in high-volume manufacturing to produce precisely formed aluminium parts. Sand casting is considered the most versatile aluminium casting method, but it's relatively slow. It is commonly used for small quantities and intricate designs.
There are lots of benefits to both manufacturers and end users from aluminium casting. Some of these benefits include:
Attainment of Complex Designs Production needs of manufacturers have become more demanding with many customers ordering for bespoke parts. Thanks to aluminium castings, manufacturers can now have access to complex designs, which in turn enable them to customise their productions. Die casting is particularly responsible for producing near net-shape parts with dimensional accuracy, a controlled surface finish, and complex geometries.
Faster Production of Parts Apart from the complexity of designs, aluminium casting also gives manufacturers the advantage of producing parts at a faster rate compared to other alloy materials. The machining process is eliminated thanks to die casting. Faster production times means end users can have products sooner and manufacturers can maximise on their production lines.
Stronger and Affordable Parts Aluminium castings are unique in the sense that their strength is almost comparable to that of steel, but when it comes to weight, they are far lighter. The aesthetic value and the appearance of aluminium parts is arguably superior relative to other metal alloys. To the end consumers, their major point of benefit is in the pricing of aluminium die cast parts. They are generally affordable and of high quality.
Versatile and Corrosion Resistant Parts Aluminium castings are versatile, and this explains their widespread usage in the manufacturing processes. There are lots of products manufacturers produce through aluminium parts. Consumers on the other hand have benefited immensely from products made from aluminium castings because of their longer life times. The corrosion resistant aspect means aluminium casting products can be used in many environments, including saline conditions, without the fear of rusting. This is true value for money.
In light of the above benefits, and many other advantages manufacturers and consumers enjoy, aluminium casting and especially die casting has become a favoured process in metal casting.