When it comes to manufacturing goods or products, a variety of processes are used to create items. One of the most common — and arguably most useful — is die casting.
Die casting, if you don’t already know, is a process achieved by pouring molten materials — usually metal — into a reusable die or cast. It is beneficial because it allows manufacturers to create accurately dimensioned, defined and smooth textured parts or components. The term “die casting” actually refers to the finished piece, which is available after cooling.
The die casting market is expected to grow to $80 billion by 2022, according to Mordor Intelligence, so it’s without a doubt an incredibly lucrative and influential industry.
While the die casting process itself is incredibly important for creating a successful mold, it all begins with the actual design of the mold and the related item or component. The best practice of factoring the manufacturing process in during the design phase is called DFM or Design for Manufacturing.
Parts or components designed without DFM guidelines and the die casting process in mind can come out shoddy, cause expenses to balloon and create similar problems, as noted in a Machine Design article. That’s why, if you’re a designer, it’s beneficial for you and your partners to stay up to date with industry trends. More importantly, you need to ensure you’re factoring in the manufacturing process while you design a component. (more…)