How to Select Metal Casting Services Metal casting services are used to manufacture metals into bar, rod, angle, channel, tee, or other shapes through a process called casting. What is Casting? Casting is a metallurgical process in which molten metal is poured into a mold with the desired cross-sectional or three-dimensional (3D) shape and then solidifies. The solidified part is also known as a casting, which is ejected or broken out of the mold to complete the process. In continuous or...
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Q & A on Metal Casting Services

We asked our users for their input on Metal Casting Services. Here are the results of 104 users familiar with Metal Casting Services.

Who Took Our Poll? | Design Trends | Applications and Use | Features | Buying Advice |

Design TrendsTop

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What new technologies are influencing metal casting services?
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Design, Metallurgical control, proper alloys for the part. If a part is cast for a tough wear abrasive environment, engineering, spectrometer controlled, chemistry, temperatures, finishes for a customers specification in RMS finishes, coatings, paint, machined.
~Hank Bott, Marketing/Sales, Olmsted Falls, U.S.A
Different unconventional machining processes like Laser Beam Machining, Electron Discharge Machining, and other machining processes.
~Brahmananda reddy sagili, Faculty/Staff, Rajampet, kadapa, India
Lost foam, development in coreless investment casting
~Jorgen F, Engineering Consultant, Aarhus, Denmark
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From your perspective, which companies are creating the most innovative metal casting services?
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New equipment, large capacities, proper alloys for the part, core designs, trained employees dedicated to quality parts, providing basic to complex parts and finishes to customers' specifications, speed of delivery.
~Hank Bott, Marketing/Sales, Olmsted Falls, U.S.A
I don't know about rest of the world but in India a casting company named NELCAST produces automobile spare parts and it supplies to many auto mobile companies like Mahindra and Mahindra, Ashok Leyland etc.
~Brahmananda reddy sagili, Faculty/Staff, Rajampet, kadapa, India
1- Halberger Huette (Germany) Diesel engine castings. 2- Meissner (Germany) metallic patterns. 3- Kuenkel Waagner Automatic Mouldings lines 4- Demag Electro Furnaces
~Salah Mahdi, Manufacturer, Abudhabi, U.E.A.
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What would your design or feature "wish list" be for this service's capabilities?
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Good reliable equipment in temperature, quality engineering in manufacturing cores for the parts with no rejections. Good inspection of parts prior to shipping. Good enough is not good enough. The ability to do better than the competition.
~Hank Bott, Marketing/Sales, Olmsted Falls, U.S.A
It should have sufficient strength to withstand the involving loads. It should have good surface finish and it should be free from blow holes, scars and other casting defects.
~Brahmananda reddy sagili, Faculty/Staff, Rajampet, kadapa, India
Supplier to foundry should be capable of giving quick metal analysis before poring...this process is very important to assure further properties.
~Madan S, Purchaser, Pune, India
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Applications and UseTop

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What are some of the projects you have used metal casting services for?
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I have sold metal castings to the TV Transmission industries with a part called a dry load body, 11 inches long 4-1/2 x 4-1/2, finned, slotted, step drilled, a very intricate part. Coal mining industries with a "cyclone," "vortex finders" Housings, impellers, vanes, rotors, shafts,caps, tools.
~Hank Bott, Marketing/Sales, Olmsted Falls, U.S.A
Plymouth Prowler suspension component forging Various hand tool housing castings Assorted automotive components Light housings and BBQ grills
~Marketing/Sales, Saint Louis, MO
We have produced 700 tons yearly of grey cast Iron and carbon steel castings 0.25% c. mainly for agriculture machinery and Tractors.
~Salah Mahdi, Manufacturer, Abudhabi, U.E.A.
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Please share with us any “non-standard” projects that metal casting services have been used for.
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Nearly all projects need castings from Street manhole covers to airspace technology.
~Salah Mahdi, Manufacturer, Abudhabi, U.E.A.
Ship propulsion props, because the vessels do not have building planes on board.
~Eduardo P., Project Manager, Lisboa, PORTUGAL
Large stainless steel parts for food service application.
~Ken S, Marketing/Sales, Suwanee, GA

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Do you know of any disastrous mistakes that occurred due to faulty or incompetent practices of metal casting services?
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Mistakes can happen in process. Few can be rectified and loss can be minimized. But carelessness with specified methods or standards.overlooking will be disastrous anyway.
~Madan S, Purchaser, Pune, India
Porosity on a high pressure bulkhead causing leakage into electronics section. Failure of lifting eye due to inclusion in casting.
~Richard E, Design Engineer, Leicestershire, UK
Improper engineering on producing the mold for the part. unnecessary part lines, rings, machining, tight tolerances.
~Hank Bott, Marketing/Sales, Olmsted Falls, U.S.A
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FeaturesTop

Buying AdviceTop

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Do you have any advice for people relative to buying or using metal casting services?
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Pay attention to works still on bench, and if the provider have any type quality test equipments and procedures. Do not pay attention to the exhibited "quality certificates".
~Eduardo P., Project Manager, Lisboa, PORTUGAL
In quantities, many parts can be produced in multiple molds of sand castings and or permanent mold castings. Some 3 piece fabrications can be produced with a single casting.
~Hank Bott, Marketing/Sales, Olmsted Falls, U.S.A
Get all technical parameters before hand, metal analysis, moulding methods, pouring ways and even surface finishing should be checked before machining.
~Madan S, Purchaser, Pune, India
Choose the most suitable process for the quantities and quality you require.
~Richard E, Design Engineer, Leicestershire, UK
Metal casting is very ancient and cheap encourage those products.
~Brahmananda reddy sagili, Faculty/Staff, Rajampet, kadapa, India
1. performance feedback of castings is essential.
~Salah Mahdi, Manufacturer, Abudhabi, U.E.A.
Consult die caster before design component.
~Pradip S, Manufacturer, Ahmedabad, India
Be careful in your selection of suppliers.
~Ken S, Marketing/Sales, Suwanee, GA
To be careful in selection of materials
~Adesina Adedotun samuel, Engineer/ polytechnic lecturer, Ilorin, Nigeria
You must know what do you really need.
~Radan P, Research & Development, Ceska Lipa, Czech

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Is there any advice you want to share with users to help them avoid common errors in selection or usage of metal casting services?
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Basically buyer should check what type of melting methods suppliers follow, is it with proper control on alloying, compositions as prescribed by standards.etc, should be checked properly to guarantee end users.
~Madan S, Purchaser, Pune, India
Choose the proper metal for the parts. Proper engineered molds and utilizing sand castings or permanent molds. In the casting process.
~Hank Bott, Marketing/Sales, Olmsted Falls, U.S.A
If you´re performing an important project, you need to ask the provider to cast a small spare for quality testes and shape analyses.
~Eduardo P., Project Manager, Lisboa, PORTUGAL
You must think about the definition of the problem you need to solve.
~Radan P, Research & Development, Ceska Lipa, Czech
Be aware of the cast properties compared to wrought products.
~Richard E, Design Engineer, Leicestershire, UK
Pick based on optimal advantage and the cheapest material.
~Adesina Adedotun samuel, Engineer/ polytechnic lecturer, Ilorin, Nigeria
While purchasing a casting product do coining test
~Brahmananda reddy sagili, Faculty/Staff, Rajampet, kadapa, India
1. check castings good before machining.
~Salah Mahdi, Manufacturer, Abudhabi, U.E.A.
Be prepared for tooling cost.
~Ken S, Marketing/Sales, Suwanee, GA


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