Which Process to Choose?
When manufacturing parts for your business, the first aspect to consider is the best manufacturing process for your application. Die casting and injection molding are two of the most popular choices, but they have specific pros and cons that influence how well they suit your project. While the main difference between die casting and injection molding is the material used, there are other key differences that we will take a closer look at here.
Die Casting Process
Die casting is a process by which a molten metal material is transformed into solid precision parts. First, a custom steel mold or die is developed and sprayed with lubricant to allow easier removal of the finished part. The metal—commonly aluminum, magnesium, or zinc—is poured into these steel molds using extreme pressure. The mold is then cooled, often through immersion in cold water. Finally, the die is opened and the finished component is removed.
- High level of accuracy
- High repeatability
- Ability to create complex shapes and details
- Minimal need for secondary operations
- Tight tolerances
- Reduced material waste
- Increased production rates
Depending on your project’s requirements, die casting may present the following cons:
- Limited raw material options (only works with metals with high fluidity)
- Higher initial cost due to custom mold design
- Limited casting size and weight
Injection Molding Process
In contrast, to die casting, injection molding utilizes liquified plastic to create precision parts. The injection molding process follows similar steps to die casting, including creating a mold of the part needed, using extreme pressure to inject the plastic or polymer into the mold, and cooling and removing the finished part.
Benefits of injection molding include:
- Quick turnaround times
- Greater variety of raw materials
- Use of fillers to enhance part strength
- Efficient processing
- Design flexibility
- High level of accuracy
These are some potential cons to using injection molding:
- Expensive upfront costs for obtaining injection molding machines and other equipment
- Small margin for error (requires a high level of design accuracy)
- Higher costs for larger injection molds
Die Casting at DyCast Specialties Corp.
While die casting and injection molding can both produce precision parts, it’s important to know the differences between the two processes to choose the one right for your application. To manufacture many plastic parts quickly, injection molding is your best choice. Those seeking the durability of quality metal parts should opt for die casting.
If you’ve decided that die casting is the best solution for your project, trust the experts at DyCast Specialties Corp. for high-pressure aluminum or zinc die casting solutions. We can create durable, high-quality parts for almost any application and provide you with other value-added services. Contact us to learn more about our die casting capabilities, or request a quote for your project today.