Excerpt from the May 2012 issue of Design World by Adam Scichitano and Mike Guilfoyle
What’s the best way to rapid prototype a die cast component? Engineers with some die casting experience may reflexively answer “spin casting” or “machining.” A better answer, however, would be “die casting.”
That’s right. It turns out that the ideal way to prototype a die cast part is actually to die cast it.
While spin casting and machining can produce great-looking prototypes, neither process produces parts whose mechanical properties truly replicate those of a production die casting. The reason why comes down to process-dependent microstructure differences.Read More