Top 3 Remedies For Defects Caused By Die Casting

Top 3 Remedies For Defects Caused By Die Casting

By Manufacturing Technology Insights | Tuesday, June 23, 2020

The most common defects in die casting are caused due to misruns and cold shuts. Below given are some of the methods for defects caused by die casting in the manufacturing industry.

FREMONT, CA: The process involved in die casting comprises of forcing molten metal into a mold cavity at high pressure and is commonly used to make automotive parts like the engine blocks, wheels, and engine cradles. The tooling that allows these parts must be durable and buyers are not likely to trust a new process easily. Die-cast tooling is not a prominent place to experiment, but the challenge of the method makes it precisely the kind of application that is ideal for testing the limits of metal 3D printing.

Die casting, through which molten metal is forced into a steel mold through hydraulic or pneumatic pressure before cooling and creating a final product, produces a higher volume of parts per year than any other metal casting process.

The process' benefits are wide-ranging and accommodate seemingly paradoxical needs such as lightweight but stiff, but firm, long-lasting, consistent, and versatile. Moreover, the number of different alloys suitable for die casting is remarkable. Both lead and tin are used in the process, but copper, magnesium, aluminum, and zinc are common. Each alloy has its strengths and applications.

Top 10 3D Printing Services and Consulting Companies - 2019As die casting alloys to improve, so do the die casting technologies and its processes. Three die casting methods have evolved from the modern high-pressure die-casting procedure, namely, squeeze casting, semi-solid metal casting, and the vacuum die-casting. These procedures are all actively used in high integrity, high volume commercial production, and they all work to assist with reducing the die casting defects.

Squeeze casting: with its larger gate areas, minimized air capture by permitting for planar die filling. Equally harmful to the performance of die-cast parts is the porosity.

Vacuum die casting: A vacuum system extracts air from a die cavity as it is filled, reduce air entrapment, and allows for lower temperature molten metal and more efficient cavity filling.  As the injected metal cools in the mold, the gases it absorbed while in a liquid state are delivered and become trapped. The exterior of a die casting cools a fine microstructure, low porosity, and higher strength. At the same time, the core of the part is left with drastically higher porosity. This inhomogeneous porosity distribution undermines the integrity, power, and other properties of a die-cast part.

Semi-solid casting: A semi-liquefied, as opposed to fully liquefied, metal is used. The metal absorbs less gas before injection, consequently releasing less during cooling. The result is die-cast parts with lesser rate of porosity.

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