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Die Castings FAQ

    1. Can fasteners or hardware be installed on the casted parts?
    2. We are new to the casting process, where should we start?
    3. What information do you need in order to provide an accurate quote? How soon can I get a quote?
    4. How do customers choose the right alloy: magnesium, aluminum, or zinc?
    5. How do customers specifiy the color we need painted on the casted parts?
    6. What is magnesium?

Q. Can fasteners or hardware be installed on the casted parts?
Yes, we can put PEM studs, nuts, Southco fasteners, or hardware like McMaster-Carr components or inserts to the casted parts.

Q. We are new to the casting process, where should we start?
You can start by providing the part's 2D and 3D drawings to us. We can provide Design For Manufacture (DFM) service for you—plese see our Design for Manufacture Tips for Die Cast Parts article.

Q. What information do you need in order to provide an accurate quote? How soon can I get a quote?
Please provide us with the part's 3D CAD drawings (such as IGES, STEP, or X_T). We can also quote based on 2D drawings (in DWG, DXF, or even PDF format [but with weight information]). We can also import CAD files directly from popular CAD software, such as Pro/ENGINEER, UGS, Catia, and Solid Edge. In addition, we need the production information listed in our request for quote form. Quoting turnaorund is typically within a week, and can be even sooner if there is special timing constraint.

Q. How do customers choose the right alloy: magnesium, aluminum, or zinc?
Magnesium has a density of 1.74 g/cm³, and is the lightest structural metal in common use. Aluminium has a density of about 2.71 g/cm³, and is the most widely used alloy for castings worldwide. Zinc offers a wide range of excellent physical and mechanical properties, and can be used to achieve thinner sections in the parts. Please see the page on material properties .

Q. How do customers specifiy the color we need painted on the casted parts?
You can specify your color chip using RAL or Pantone color code. If you don’t have the color code, you can send us a color sample for us to come up with a matching color chip.

Q. What is magnesium?
Magnesium is: among 1) the lightest of all metals (63% of aluminum, 38% of titanium); 2) stronger than engineering plastics; 3) 100 times better in heat dissipation than plastics; 4) electromagnetic-shielding; 5) best in vibration absorption of all metals; 6) environmentally safe (non-hazardous and recyclable); 7) easy to machinie; 8) abundant in supply (sixth most abundant on earth).