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What Makes A Good Conversion To A Metal Casting?

Posted by Dave Olsen on 10/15/18 3:40 PM

There are often alternative ways to manufacture any given component.  Sometimes the first way chosen to manufacture a component is not the best way.  There may be a number of reasons for that.  Perhaps one has an expertise or bias for machining, or welding, or forging, or casting, or assembly.  Components may end up being produced in a way that is familiar and functionally adequate, but less than optimal in terms of performance, cost, or quality.

There may come a time in any product’s life when it makes sense to investigate alternative methods of manufacture.  Such evaluation would be to convert a hog-out, forging, or multi-piece weldment to a single piece casting.  

What makes a good conversion?
Among the factors to consider when deciding if a design is a candidate for a conversion to a casting are cost, quality, and performance.

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Topics: Conversion, Sand Casting, Investment Casting, Continuous Casting, Centrifugal Casting

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