When should you check die casting as an option?

This article shows you the main differences between die casting and other technologies for the production of components. You will also find out in what situation this form of production is worthwhile and when it becomes financially viable.

Die casting is a manufacturing process in which molten metal is poured or pressed into steel molds. The molds are made of steel and are specially developed for each project. This allows each component to be manufactured with precision and repeatability. Aluminum, zinc, and magnesium are the most commonly used die casting alloys.

Using the die casting process can offer significant advantages over other manufacturing processes, often resulting in massive cost savings in unit price and overall production costs.


For which components is die casting an option?

In summary, it can be said that the die casting process is particularly suitable for the production of components with the following features:

  • Size: A4 - A3
  • Weight: up to 3 - 3.5 kg
  • Quantity: From 100


Advantages of the die casting process

As a decision basis for the choice of the right manufacturing process, you will find below a list of benefits of the die casting process compared to other technologies.

  • Cost-optimized compared to milling
  • Detail-optimized compared to casting
  • Material-optimized compared to plastic
  • Small runs compared to single pieces thanks to die casting
  • Innovations in the finishing of die-cast parts
  • Innovations in the processing of magnesium in die casting


When is which technology worthwhile?

Sidrag is a friend and supporter of the 3D printing technology. 3D experts are often also clients for the production of small series at Sidrag. At the same time, Sidrag received many orders in the last 2 years thanks to the growing 3D printing technology.

Through the cooperation with the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts and the engineers from Siemens and La Roche, Sidrag is always challenged to test and improve technologies. Over the past 50 years, the company has proven to be a competent partner and leading manufacturer of sophisticated die-cast parts.


Experienced partner for your casting project

Would you like to find out more about which technology pays off in what situation? This is precisely where the engineering process begins.

Benefit from 50 years of experience and a reliable partner at your side, who will keep an eye on your die casting project from consulting through design implementation, to on-time delivery of the finished components.

The specialist staff at Sidrag AG will be happy to provide you with individual information and look forward to hearing from you.