The manufacturing marketplace Xometry Europe is expanding its offering to include die casting. Xometry’s manufacturing partners use state-of-the-art technologies. This provides a solid foundation for seamless on-demand manufacturing and ensures customers receive high-quality parts. For example, the typical manufacturing tolerances of our partner manufacturers for aluminium and zinc range from ±0.0762 mm to ±0.127 mm according to DIN 1688-1986. In addition, the short lead times for moulds is a particularly attractive benefit for customers. They range from 12 working days for rapid tooling to 20 days for production tooling.
Die casting is the most suitable manufacturing process for the high-volume production of metal parts with complex geometries. It is ideal for quantities of around 100 parts or more. These parts are produced using steel moulds similar to injection moulds. However, injection moulding uses plastics and polymers while die casting uses metals with a low melting point. This is why zinc and aluminium are the most commonly used materials for die casting, with aluminium being used most often. In addition, die casting is a popular option due to its accuracy, reliability, repeatability, and versatility.
Hot chamber die casting is the most commonly used process. This involves immersing the injection mechanism in the molten metal. The molten metal is then fed through a gooseneck casting nozzle into the mould.
Cold chamber die casting is often used to minimise the corrosion in the machine. For this process, the metal is melted in a separate furnace. The molten metal is then fed directly into the casting unit.
Xometry is one of the world’s leading on-demand manufacturing platforms. Harnessing the power of Artificial Intelligence (AI), it processes manufacturing orders using various technologies such as CNC machining, injection moulding, and additive processes. The platform facilitates the efficient distribution of resources by drawing on a huge network of manufacturing partners. This means that customers can always find a company with free machine capacity. In return, manufacturing partners can better utilise their machines during downtime by easily getting new orders via Xometry. Xometry works with a diverse customer base, ranging from small start-ups and private individuals to large industrial groups.
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