All About Aluminum Die Casting: Properties And Benefits


aluminum die casting

The die casting process can create the components necessary for industries all across the spectrum. But choosing the type of metal alloy to die cast may not always be a totally straightforward choice. There are certainly advantages and disadvantages to each type of die cast material, but today, we're going to focus on aluminum die casting. Armed with this information, you'll be able to make an educated decision on which type of die cast material will work best for your needs.

Properties Of Die Cast Aluminum
Aluminum actually accounts for more than 80% of all die cast parts, and there are several good reasons for that. It didn't become the most popular die cast alloy by accident, after all. While aluminum die casting may not be perfectly suited for every single project, it has a widespread appeal due to its properties. When used in die casting, aluminum possesses the following qualities.

  • It's lightweight
  • It's strong
  • It has a high melting point
  • It has good thermal and electrical conductivity
  • It's recyclable
  • It's non-magnetic

A few of these features (like aluminum's strength and the fact that it's recyclable) are shared by other metal alloys. But aluminum is quite unique in that it's cast through a cold chamber method, rather than a hot chamber process. This is due to its higher melting point.

Advantages Of Working With Aluminum Die Cast Manufacturers

  1. You won't add extra weight: One of the main benefits of using aluminum die cast components is the fact that they won't add extra weight to your equipment. When you need to ensure speed or balance isn't compromised by your components (like in the automotive or aerospace industries), aluminum is usually a good bet.

  2. It's resistant to corrosion and heat: Due to its high melting point and higher levels of durability, you won't have to worry about aluminum parts not maintaining their integrity in hot temperatures or tough conditions. That means that it's a dependable alloy in nearly any situation.

  3. It's versatile: Whether you need a component with a beautiful finish or one with extra-thin walls, aluminum will serve you well. It's also ideal for almost any industry. We mentioned the automotive industry above, but aluminum die casting is also well-suited for those in the IT sector, for companies that specialize in technological device manufacturing, and for businesses that want to focus on environmentally friendly practices.

It's really no surprise that aluminum die cast components are the most popular of all available alloys. However, it's not always the most appropriate choice; you may find that your business will be better off with zinc die casting or other types of alloys. If you're unsure as to which die cast alloy will best serve your needs, we'd be more than happy to help you through the process and provide the information you need to make a decision. Contact us today to learn more.

Lakeshore Die Cast

P.O. Box 96

8829 Stevensville-Baroda Rd.

Baroda, MI 49101

Phone: 269.422.1523

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