Key Components To Look For With Precision Casting
Precision casting is a casting method with a very long history. In Ancient Egypt and China, people used beeswax patterns to create jewelry and other items that could have precise shapes and lines and could also be effectively recreated. People have always appreciated the efficiency and ease of creating parts from molds throughout ancient history to modern times.
Today, the process has become more technical than beeswax molds and is capable of creating much more than jewelry, but the principle is the same: a casting process that can create precise, high-quality materials. Not all casting companies or processes are the same, so it’s important to know exactly who you’re going into business with and what their standards are before beginning a major project with them. When you’re looking for a precision casting company to work with, make sure you’re working with a team that can offer you all of the following benefits.
Quality and Repeatability
Using casting technology means you should be able to expect precise materials that are repeatable. You should be able to use these molds to make identical items as many times as you need to, and you should be able to expect the exact same features and physical aspects every time this item is made. But just because something is easy to duplicate doesn’t mean it has to lack in quality.
Everything made from your precision casting method should be dependably high quality; every identical piece should meet your needs exactly as well as the next piece. Our own company is the only ISO Certified copper-based permanent mold facility in North America, which means we are held to strict quality control guidelines and high standards.
Pacing and Speed
Just because precision casting can be slow doesn’t mean it should be. With the right company, each project can run as a complete operation, rather than becoming a slow-moving batch project. Find a company that keeps your project in constant motion, from tooling to finishing, and you’ll find that the amount of time the entire process takes will drop considerably. Some companies will focus on each process independently, which often means your materials are sitting in a dead zone for long stretches at a time.
Find a company that uses a consecutive process instead. Our own machining and plating services are done at our foundry, which will save you time and reduce your shipping costs simultaneously. Make sure to ask questions before you commit to a precision casting company so that you know exactly how their product line works and what kind of timeframe they can offer you on your materials.
It’s obvious that you need your precision casting process to be affordable, but don’t ever sacrifice quality in the name of saving a few dollars. Look for a company that can explain their process and costs in a way that makes sense; costs shouldn’t seem dramatically out of line in either direction with the amount of effort that goes into the overall process. Don’t hesitate to ask for an explanation if things don’t seem to match up.
For example, our company uses near-net shape, which means we can produce high quality parts with minimal machining. This process will not only save you money, but will make sure you’re receiving the highest possible quality items as well. No matter what kind of project you’re working on, we believe that you should be able to get the high-quality parts you need for a fair price.
Don’t settle for anything less than what you need when you’re looking for a precision casting company to work with. You can, and should, find a company that can offer you completely identical and dependable high-quality parts that are produced quickly and affordably without sacrificing quality. If you aren’t fully satisfied with what your current precision casting company can do for you, shop around until you are satisfied.
You can get a free quote for a bulk order from us today to learn more about the kind of services we offer and what they can do for you. We’ll be in contact within 24 hours to answer any questions you might have. We’re confident that you’ll be impressed with the quality, timeliness and affordability we can offer you and your project.