Since the dog days of the early 1900's, when Henry Ford was ram-rodding the idea of an "assembly line", while his customers were asking him for "faster horses", OEM's (Original equipment manufacturers) have sought out Machine Shops as their primary source for castings. It made sense, the machine shop was the last stop in the line, so from a material flow standpoint, the OEM buys from the machine shop, and the machine shop sources the castings to a foundry.
Across all of manufacturing, the question “Which process should I use?” can only be solved by asking and answering further questions about the application at hand, the requirements of the project overall, and your needs as a customer. This is as true for aluminum casting methods as it is for any other process. The benefits and applications of using aluminum casting techniques for a project are vast, but there are several further choices to consider when deciding how to cast aluminum parts for your application.
Categories: Aluminum Casting