At DyCast Specialties, we are an industry leading supplier of high-quality aluminum and zinc die castings. Our full service capabilities enable us to serve as a single source for all die casting project needs, from initial design to casting to precision machining to finishing and assembly. All of our castings are custom formed, trimmed, machined, and finished to the customer’s exact specifications and standards, ensuring they perform as intended in the application environment.
Below, we provide an overview of the die casting process, including what it entails, the types of casting methods available, key advantages over other manufacturing methods, common materials used in die casting operations, and typical applications of die cast parts and products.
What Is Die Casting?
Die casting is a metal forming process that involves heating, melting, and pressurizing the metal, injecting the molten metal under high pressure into a custom made die, and allowing it to cool and harden into the desired shape. While the steps in a die casting process may vary slightly from project to project depending on the part and production specifications, they generally include the following:
- Creating a custom die for the specific part or product
- Heating and melting the die casting alloy
- Closing the two die halves together using the machine locking force
- Injecting the molten metal into the die cavity
- Allowing the metal to cool and solidify
- Ejecting the cast part from the die