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Die Casting: Developments, History and Processes

Type of Die Cast Products

Page 1: A look at the History
Page 2: Latest Developments
Page 3: The Casting Process in China
Page 4: Pros and Cons of Die Casting
Page 5: Type of Die Cast Products
Page 6: Informative ChinaSavvy Videos

Used in all kinds of applications, this process produces a wide variety of products present in our everyday lives.

Some of the more typical product types produced includes:

  • Motor and Auto components, which is by far the largest sector in which die casting application are used.
  • Both professional and consumer communication system components
  • Components for sewing machines
  • Electrochemical components such as motor housings
  • Components for air compressors
  • Power Tool components
  • Reduction gears
  • Fittings for pumps and valves
  • Components for furniture
  • Elevator components
  • Components used in construction
  • Appliance components
  • Domestic hardware
  • Medical Instruments
  • Components for Pneumatic tools
  • Medical components for devices
  • Cast aluminium brackets
  • Lamp components
  • Components used in control systems
  • Heater components
  • Components for bicycles

All of these market sector pose a demand for die cast products. They have a medium to high production volume requirement, which, in turn, benefits from the high levels of automation that characterise the aluminium die casting sector.

Each type of product in each market sector has a different requirement, but will typically include products or components that have:

  1. A tight tolerance
  2. Relatively thin walls
  3. A quality surface finish
  4. Hollow cavities and openings (which can be facilitated through the incorporation of secondary actions into the tools)

Elevator steps, which were typically made using the sand casting process and required additional machining, is now seeing manufacturers redesigning products to allow production through die casting. Tooling investment is higher for die casting, but the quality of the product produced is also higher and the need for secondary machining is reduced.

Producing a wide range of products for consumers, the industrial arena as well as other markets, die casting typically requires minimal secondary machining operations and is able to produce products that range from extremely small to products of up to 32 kilograms.

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