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A Quick Guide on How to Optimize the Die-Cast Mold
by Nice Rapid | Feb 23,2021 | Pressure Die Casting

When you want a high-quality die casting part and product, then definitely you must start with high-quality and excellent tooling. Not only will the quality of the die-cast mold determine the tolerance that will be needed but also it will dictate how many shots will be gotten out of the mold. These two key factors will also influence the complexity, strength, and repeatability that will be achieved throughout the entirety of your project.

We've covered a lot of topics regarding pressure die-cast molds, but for this post, we are going to briefly look at the tooling manufacturing process, its capabilities, and factors that you need to pay special attention to when buying a die-cast tool.

By the end of this post, you’ll find out why optimizing tool design and partnering with an experienced tooling supplier is vital to the success of your manufacturing project as well as ensure you recoup your return on investment.

Design for optimal manufacturability

All of the work and effort engineering that is geared into designing the tool for success and longevity before the mold is cut apart, the key concept or main takeaway is the designing for manufacturing (or popularly known, DFM).

When it comes to pressure die-cast tooling, the design for optimal manufacturability is what sets apart the true high-quality of the die-cast tool. Not only will the DFM accelerate the tool design process by creating a high-quality tool that will be used during the entirety of the project, but also ensure there is a consistent, high-performing component in comparison to the low-quality tools.

Tooling maintenance and care

Asides from making a high-quality and excellent die-cast tool, tooling care, and maintenance should always be at the top of your list if you are a pressure die casting tool manufacturer.

Most tooling is geared towards longevity and durability, constant repetition cycles of heating (to slightly over 1200 °F) and cooling will degrade your tool over a period of time. Tools experience gate erosion plus the common wear and tear, making it mandatory to carry out light maintenance during their entire lifespan.

Just like most machinery, carrying out a regular and thorough maintenance program will increase the lifespan of your tool and also ensures there is a certain degree of consistency and timely production of high-quality die casting parts and products. Depending on your alloy selection and process or technique used, some of the pressure dies cast molds need more care and maintenance compared to others.

When you incorporate proper care and maintenance before the tool is cut, the overall cost associated with the manufacturing process will be greatly reduced.

When it comes to pressure die casting, getting your return on investment ( ROI) is always the number one priority. Every step of production should be geared to reduced cost while enhancing its overall efficiency ensuring you enjoy huge economies of scale which can be in turn passed back to the consumer.

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