Aluminum permanent mold castings share many attributes with its sand casting counterpart, but often prevail when a casting requires higher strength, improved cosmetics, greater complexity, larger size, or when using a mechanical steel core can reduce costs. LeClaire Manufacturing provides permanent mold casting services at our aluminum foundry in Bettendorf, Iowa.
Advantages of Permanent Mold Casting
A product made via permanent mold casting typically increases mechanical properties by 15% due to the reduced grain structure created by the freeze rate of steel versus sand. Many OEMs leverage the strength of permanent mold casting to convert from iron or steel castings to lighter aluminum permanent mold castings.
The permanent mold casting process uses a reusable steel or iron mold, creating a smoother finish than its sand counterpart.
Applications of Permanent Mold Casting
Valve Body Castings
LeClaire has the capability to manufacture valve components using our permanent mold aluminum casting process. Our permanent mold castings can produce porosity-free cast aluminum valve bodies for use in hydraulics, pumps, transmissions and other applications. Request a quote today.
Cast Aluminum Blowers, Fans and Impellers
We manufacture aluminum ventilation components for at our aluminum foundry in Iowa. From cast aluminum fan blades for industrial ventilation to aluminum impellers for agricultural equipment, we manufacture a wide range of hubs, fans, and blowers for industrial, transportation and farming applications. Get started with a quote.
The LeClaire Manufacturing aluminum foundry is the Midwest’s go-to manufacturer of steel insert castings and cast iron insert castings. Our process and experience are clear advantages in the manufacture of everything from cast aluminum cooler plates with steel tube inserts to aluminum retarder castings with cast iron inserts. We can manufacture aluminum housings and plates with cast-in tubes, with applications ranging from computer components to bearing housings. Get started today with a project quote.
Torque Converter Castings
We can manufacture torque converter aluminum castings, including turbine, impeller, and stator castings for use automotive, construction, and heavy equipment manufacturing. Whether you need raw aluminum castings or fully machined aluminum castings, our foundry and machine shop can deliver. Ask us today about manufacturing aluminum stator castings and other cast aluminum drivetrain components. Get a quote today – tell us about your project.
Aluminum Castings for Brakes, Calipers and Master Cylinders
If you manufacture cars, trucks, motorcycles, or recreational vehicles, LeClaire Manufacturing would like to be your brake casting manufacturer. At our state-of-the-art machine shop and aluminum foundry in Iowa, we can manufacture cast aluminum brake calipers and master cylinder aluminum castings at scale.
The LeClaire Manufacturing Advantage
Each step of our manufacturing process is carefully monitored and controlled to guarantee that your specifications are met. We use the latest technology to check the chemistry of our metal from start to finish. Computers are used extensively throughout the foundry operations — controlling everything from the metal quality requirements to regulating die temperatures. Real time x-ray, die penetration analysis and mechanical property testing are performed regularly to ensure that we meet or even exceed your requirements.