Buying FAQs

Q - What is a die cast component?

A – It is a metal part produced by the die casting process. A die cast component is an accurately dimensioned, sharply defined, smooth or textured surface part, produced by forcing molten metal, under high pressure, into metal dies. The process yields thousands of duplicate parts in rapid succession. Die casting is said to be the fastest route from raw material to finished product. Die cast components are available in a wide variety of non-ferrous metal alloys: Zinc, Aluminum, Magnesium, Zinc-Aluminum, Copper, Lead and Tin. Even ferrous parts are now being die cast in limited quantities.

Q - Who buys die cast components?

A – Purchasers in all types of industries, in all sizes of companies, buy die castings. Die cast components are used for mating with other parts, for housings, covers, switches, and for gear products from washing machines to calculators. Die castings can be large or small. They can be used for tiny typewriter letters or for huge truck transmission cases. They can be used for strength, weight control, finishes, quality, durability, repeatable precision and accuracy, appearance, and can be made in almost any shape imaginable. Purchasers just like yourself, for any number of good reasons, buy die cast components. If you are purchasing stampings, forgings, sand castings, permanent and/or pressure moldings, screw machine products or plastic moldings in medium to high volume runs, chances are, die casting will help improve your part and lower your cost.

Q - What are the advantages of die cast components?

A – Die castings have a number of advantages. Die castings have advantages such as high speed production for quick delivery, extremely close tolerances and excellent dimensional stability. They are lightweight, they have high strength, and they are heat resistant. Die castings offer precision accuracy. Secondary operations are often minimal and unit cost is typically lower than other applications. Holes can be cast in. The most intricate shapes can all be cast simply and accurately on long or short production runs. Die casting provides a smooth or textured surface. Die castings can be easily finished, decorative or protective, with minimum preparation. Die casting offers a broader range of shapes and components than any other manufacturing technique.