Metal Casting process: A pattern is employed to create the designed shape in the mold. Molten metal is alloyed and brought to the correct temperature, then poured into the cavity or mold. Once the metal has solidified, the casting is removed from the mold for use. Complex shapes can be made from any metal that can be melted. The resulting product can have virtually any configuration the designer desires.
Cast parts range in size from less than an inch and a fraction of an ounce, to over 25 feet and several tons. Casting has marked advantages in the production of complex shapes, parts having vacant sections or internal cavities, parts that contain irregular curved surfaces.
It is possible to design parts for virtually any shape, using all of the available casting processes. Though, as in all manufacturing techniques, the best results and economies are achieved if the designer understands the various options and tailors the design to use the most appropriate process in the most efficient manner.
Please select one of the different processes for additional information.