Being one of the popular manufacturing ways to get custom metal parts, metal casting works by pouring the molten metal into the cavity, which is of a special shape. The common metal casting techniques consist of sand casting, die casting, investment casting, and so on.
The basic steps of making metal casting components:
- Models making;
- Die making;
- Materials Filling;
- Taking the parts out;
- Surface treatment.
The advantages of metal casting:
- Most of the metals can be applied to do casting. There is a wide range of metals including aluminum, aluminum alloy, steel, steel alloy, copper, copper alloy, etc. It offers more chances for the designers to make various metal casting components.
- The cost of metal casting is more cost-effective. Compared to other methods of processing, the cost of consumed energy and material are much lower. Besides, the waste of metal casting is available and recyclable.
- Metal casting can create metal components with intricate components. The size and thickness of metal casting are not very limited. The common applications are valves, engine cylinders, and so on.
- It is suitable for making metal components of large size and weight.