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Engineering and Tool Design

Our belief is that every good part begins with good tooling and this emphasis has been a part of culture since 1979.

Our engineering staff will ensure that your products adhere to your exact specifications.  Our goal is to be a part of our customer design phase as early as possible to help design a part that is not only castable, but as cost effective as possible.  Our emphasis on accurate tool builds and part configuration in the tool steel will increase not only part quality but tooling longevity and ultimately, your investment.  We also have the ability to alert our customers of any problems with their CAD and can offer quick and effective remedies to ensure a good end result.  Our approach to tool engineering takes the long view – we know and appreciate the customer’s investment and do everything we can to maximize their investment for the entire life of the program, and beyond.


  Aluminum Die Casting Alloys Zinc Die Casting Alloys
  A360 A380 383 B390 A413 518 #2 #3 #5 #7 ZA-8 ZA-12 ZA-27
Ultimate Tensile Strength (ksi) 46 47 45 46 42 45 53 41 48 41 54 59 62
Tensile Yield Strength (ksi) 24 23 22 36 19 28 41 32 39 32 41-43 45-48 52-55
Compressive Yield Strength ( ksi) - - - - - - 93 60 87 60 37 39 52
Elongation (% in 2") 3.5 3.5 3.5 <1 3.5 5.0 7 10 7 13 6-10 4-7 2.0-3.5
Hardness(BHN) 500kg load 10mm ball 75 80 75 120 80 80 100 82 91 80 100-103 95-105 116-122
Shear Strength, (ksi) 26 27 - - 25 29 46 31 38 31 40 43 47
Impact Strength ft-lb ASTM .25" die cast bar - 3 3 - - 7 35 43 48 43 24-35 15-27 7-12
Fatigue Strength (ksi)(Rotary Bent 108) 18 20 21 20 19 20 8.5 6.9 8.2 6.9 15 - 21
Young's Modulus  ( psi x 106) 10.3 10.3 10.3 11.8 - - 12.4 12 11.3
  Aluminum die casting alloys Zinc die casting alloys
  A360 A380 383 B390 A413 518 #2 #3 #5 #7 ZA-8 ZA-12 ZA-27
Density (lbs./in3) 0.095 .098 .099 .098 .096 .093 .24 .24 .24 .24 .227 .218 .181
Melting Range (°F) 1035-1105 1000-1100 960-1080 950-1200 1065-1080 995-1150 715-734 718-728 717-727 718-728 707-759 710-810 708-903
Specific Heat BTU/ lb °F 0.230 0.230 0.230 - 0.230 - .10 .10 .10 .10 .104 .107 .125
Coefficient of Thermal Expansion (µ in./in. °F X 10-6) 11.6 12.1 11.7 10.0 11.9 13.4 15.4 15.2 15.2 15.2 12.9 13.4 14.4
Thermal Conductivity   (BTU / ft hr °F) 65.3 55.6 55.6 77.4 70.21 55.6 60.5 65.3 62.9 65.3 66.3 67.1 72.5
Electrical Conductivity (% IACS) 29 23 23 27 31 24 25.0 27.0 26.0 27.0 27.7 28.3 29.7
Poisson's Ratio .33 .33 .33 - - - .30 .30 .30 .30 .30 .30 .30

 

  Aluminum alloy chemical specifications (% by weight) Zinc alloy chemical specifications (% by weight)
  A360 A380 383 B390 A413 518   #2 #3 #5 #7 ZA-8 ZA-12 ZA-27
Silicon (Si) 9.0-10.0 7.5-9.5 9.5-11.5 16.0-18.0 11.0-13.0 .35 Aluminum (Al) 3.9-4.3 3.9-4.3 3.9-4.3 3.9-4.3 8.2-8.8 10.8-11.5 25.5-28.0
Iron (Fe) 1.3 2.0 1.3 1.3 1.3 1.8 Magnesium (Mg) .025-.05 .03-.06 .03-.06 .01-.02 .02-.03 .02-.03 .012-.02
Copper (Cu) .6 3.0-4.0 2.0-3.0 4.0-5.0 1.0 .25 Copper (Cu) 2.7-3.3 .10 .7-1.1 .10 .9-1.3 .5-1.2 2.0-2.5
Manganese (Mn) .35 .50 .50 .50 .35 .35 Iron (Fe) .035 .035 .035 .075 .035 .05 .07
Magnesium (Mg) .4-.6 .30 .10 .45-.65 .1 7.5-8.5 Lead (Pb) .004 .004 .004 .002 .002 .005 .005
Nickel (Ni) .5 .5 .3 .10 .5 .15 Cadmium (Cd) .003 .003 .003 .002 .005 .005 .005
Zinc (Zn) .5 3.0 3.0 1.5 .5 .15 Tin (Sn) .0015 .0015 .0015 .0010 .002 .002 .002
Tin (Sn) .15 .35 .15 - .15 .15 Nickel (Ni) - - - .005-.020 - - -
Titanium (Ti) - - - .10 - - Zinc (Zn) Bal. Bal. Bal. Bal. Bal. Bal. Bal.
Others (each) - - - .10 - -                
Others (Total) .25 .50 .50 .20 .25 .25                
Aluminum (Al) Bal. Bal. Bal. Bal. Bal. Bal.