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Die Casting Advantages

Die casting is a versatile process for producing engineered metal parts by forcing recycled molten metal under high pressure into reusable steel molds. These molds, called dies, can be designed to produce complex shapes with a high degree of accuracy and repeatability. Parts can be sharply defined, with smooth or textured surfaces, and are suitable for a wide variety of attractive and serviceable finishes.

 

Die casting is an efficient, economical process offering a broader range of shapes and components than any other manufacturing technique. Die cast parts have a long service life and may be designed to complement the visual appeal of the surrounding part.

 

Designers can gain a number of advantages and benefits by specifying die cast components.

 

 

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  • High-speed production - Die casting provides complex shapes within closer tolerances than many other mass production processes. Little or no machining is required and thousands of identical castings can be produced before additional tooling is required.
  • Dimensional accuracy and stability - Die casting produces parts that are durable and dimensionally stable, while maintaining close tolerances. They are also heat resistant.
  • Strength and weight - Die cast parts are stronger than plastic injection moldings having the same dimensions. Thin wall castings are stronger and lighter than those possible with other casting methods. Plus, because die castings do not consist of separate parts welded or fastened together, the strength is that of the alloy rather than the joining process.
  • Multiple finishing techniques - Die cast parts can be produced with smooth or textured surfaces, and they are easily plated or finished with a minimum of surface preparation.
  • Simplified assembly - Die castings provide integral fastening elements, such as bosses and studs. Holes can be cored and made to tap drill sizes, or external threads can be cast.

 

Where Does Our Aluminum Come From?

And what’s in it?
Rangers Die Casting Company sources our aluminum from a supply chain that uses a combination of recycled scrap metal and pure aluminum alloyed with additives. These additives may include silicon, beryllium, phosphorus, strontium, chromium, manganese or titanium depending on the specific requirements of your product. Aluminum is the one metal that is 100 percent recyclable so you may think of it as the “green” metal. It’s also one of the most versatile of metals.

 

No “Conflict Minerals”
The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 requires that companies report on the chain of custody for certain metals. The act covers columbite-tantalite (coltan), cassiterite, gold, and wolframite.” These minerals are sourced for the production of tantalum, tin and tungsten. The act requires that we report if the metals extracted from these minerals are necessary to the functionality or production of any products we manufacture. If so, we are to disclose if any of the minerals are “Conflict Minerals Originating in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).”

 

The aluminum alloys we use do not include these “Conflict Minerals” or the metals derived from them. These metals are not necessary to the functionality or production of our products. We do not source minerals or metals from the DRC or surrounding nations in Africa.

 

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