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Property Name   Die Casting
ShapesThin-walled: Complex, Solid: Cylindrical, Solid: Cubic, Solid: Complex
(Flat, Thin-walled: Cylindrical, Thin-walled: Cubic)
Part sizeWeight: 0.5 oz - 500 lb 
MaterialsMetals, Aluminum, Lead, Magnesium, Tin, Zinc
Surface finish - Ra (μin)32 - 63
(16 - 125)
Tolerance (in.)± 0.015
(± 0.0005)
Max wall thickness0.05 - 0.5
(0.015 - 1.5)
Quantity10000 - 1000000
(1000 - 1000000)
Lead timeMonths
AdvantagesCan produce large parts, Can form complex shapes, High strength parts, Very good surface finish and accuracy, High production rate, Low labor cost, Scrap can be recycled 
DisadvantagesTrimming is required, High tooling and equipment cost, Limited die life, Long lead time 
ApplicationsEngine components, pump components, appliance housing 
Typical values shown first (Feasible values in parentheses)

Disclaimer: All process specifications reflect the approximate range of a process's capabilities and should be viewed only as a guide. Actual capabilities are dependent upon the manufacturer, equipment, material, and part requirements.