Casting

'Casting' refers to the method by which components are produced by pouring molten metal into a mould. The molten material is then allowed to cool, solidifying it in the desired form. 

There are a number of individual casting processes that can be utilised, depending on the material and shape of the components required. Buyers who are looking to source cast components should also be aware that additional costs will be incurred due to the production of the required tooling - this means that casting is often best-suited to higher batches, so as to ensure a cost-effective solution. For this reason, prototype parts are often machined, before casting is introduced at the point of full production.

  • 'Casting' is the method of producing parts by pouring molten metal into a mould, before allowing the material to cool and solidify.
  • Various casting processes can be used, depending on the material and the desired component shape.
  • Common casting materials include aluminium, iron, steel, bronze and copper.
  • Buyers should be aware that a mould tool will also need to be produced, which can incur a significant cost. Therefore, casting is best-suited to high-volume production.

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