Balancing customer requirements
The selection of the production process will depend on requirements such as:
Material and specifications
The material specification may dictate the manufacturing process, and this is often the starting point – for example only some of the different grades of aluminium can be die cast. If the intended application requires specific mechanical properties and tolerances this may also drive us towards a certain material specification and process selection.
Design complexity and certain technical features may demand specific processes. For example, parts which require undercuts, cores and internal cavities are better suited to casting than machining.
Quality and finish
Where the application demands a specific surface finish or treatment this may affect the choice of process. For example, certain grades of pressure die cast aluminium are not suited to being anodised.
The size of each order will inevitably have a direct impact on unit price, since many of the more cost-effective manufacturing solutions offered by Investacast require initial investment in a die. For example, a pressure die can cost around ten times more than a lost wax die, but this is quickly recouped in a lower price per part. Where alternative methods are suitable our team will discuss the relative merits with the customer to help them make the choice which best suits their needs.
Speed of production
With its own 3D printing capability in house, Investacast can offer rapid production of prototype or other parts when required and, for every order, turnaround time will be weighed against other factors in determining the best production process.