Monday, May 22, 2017

Casting Options: Methods of Manufacture

When you begin a project, there may be a perfect vision in your head, but to get it to the final stages there are a lot of decisions that need to be made to achieve the highest quality of product.

Over the years Atlas Bronze has acquired the keen knowledge of how your material is made, the lead time for the material and the ultimate cost will depend on the some of the following factors:

  • Desired Alloy
  • Specification (if noted)
  • Size Range
  • Quantity
  • Lead time needed
Each alloy group has unique methods for how the material is made or cast and we take into account for all the factors in determining the best method to offer a customer.  This is possible because we have over 100+ years of combined experience in our Sales Group. 

The best way to help you determine the best fit for your needs would be to CONTACT US by either email or call 1-800-478-0887.
Some of the most common methods of casting for Bronze Alloys are as follows:
Sand Casting

Sand casting is probably the oldest method in practice. In this process the mold is prepared using sand or silica and the molten liquid metal is poured into it. The mold is made of two parts, the cope and the drag. A wooden pattern is placed between these two parts, called the mold cavity. The liquid metal enters here and casts itself. The shape of the mold cavity is similar to the final object after the refining

Centrifugal Casting

The Centrifugal casting process uses a mold which is fixed to a motor on an axis to rotate it at high speeds. The speed of rotation depends on the metal to be cast and the shape required. This method is mainly used for the production of cylindrical components like pipes. As the motor rotates, the metal gets pushed towards the outer walls of the cast and solidifies. The centrifugal process is unsuitable for making linear-shaped and dense 


Continuous Casting

Continuous casting, as the name implies, converts molten metal into a continuous moving ingot shape with a rectangular or round cross section. Time, energy, and labor are saved. Generally, a water-cooled mold is employed, receiving molten metal in one end and delivering a continuous solidified product out the other. The molds can be vibrating or moving, slow or fast.

          Atlas offers high quality Sand Casting, Centrifugal Casting, and Continuous Cast products at competitive prices and great lead times.  Your alloy, specification or application might indicate the part needs to be made as any one of the listed methods.   Speak to one of our Sales Representatives to determine if your application should be made as a Continuous, Centrifugal or Sand Casting product.

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