Rapid Casting and How it Works

Rapid Casting and How it Works

Rapid metal casting can be used to develop prototypes and short-run parts in several industries as it is convenient to use and efficient.

FREMONT, CA: Pressure die casting and investment casting are not considered to be rapid prototyping method. It needs expensive machinery and a high level of expertise, and it is highly suitable for large quantities of metal parts. In several ways, it's the metal version of injection molding, another mass-production process that's preferred over short-run or prototype.

For a long time, many metal businesses recognized a demand for low-volume pressure die casting among the customers, so they formed agreements with a few casting companies to provide high-quality casting services, even in small quantities.

Product designers may now purchase cast metal parts as efficiently as machined parts due to the evolution of die casting into a metal rapid prototyping method. Rapid metal casting is the only rapid prototyping solution available for metal casting, and here some of its primary advantages.

Why choose rapid metal casting?

A product designer can make use of two distinct advantages while prototyping with rapid metal casting.

The first set of benefits is related to the metal casting process. Pressure die casting, for example, is a manufacturing method that uses molten metal to manufacture items in a mold cavity. As specialized equipment is necessary, it is usually an extremely costly operation. But its advantages are extremely important. 

One of the benefits of pressure die casting is its cost-effectiveness. Die casting, unlike CNC machining, is most cost-efficient when ordering in large quantities. This is because a mold cavity can be reused several times to produce numerous product units, lowering the cost-per-unit as the order size grows. This is one of its similarities with injection molding, which has high initial expenses but a low cost per unit.

Another benefit of pressure die casting is that it can produce huge metal pieces that would be impossible to machine from a metal blank, like automotive engine blocks, camera chassis, and floodlight housings. In addition, surface finish, dimensional precision, and tensile strength are all enhanced by the technique.

The rapid prototyping part of rapid metal casting is the second set of benefits. Customers who use the rapid metal casting services appreciate the advantages of die casting, and they also get their parts manufactured at a speed, volume, and cost often associated with low-cost prototyping.

Rapid metal casting has the advantage of providing product designers with a final-stage prototype that is remarkably similar to the finalized part. In addition, rapid metal casting is among the most representative prototyping services accessible for such products because die casting is a professional procedure used for end-use parts.

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