The reality is, die casting metal materials are priced and purchased by the pound. In engineered part designs, their material content is based on the volumes actually used in the part. When objective material cost evaluations are based on “equal volume” comparisons, magnesium die casting becomes cost-competitive due to its low density, excellent strength, stiffness and energy absorption characteristics. Magnesium has the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any structural metal.
Magnesium’s thinwall die casting capabilities routinely allow housing walls to be cast to 0.12 in. (3 mm), with many walls cast as thin as 0.03 in. (0.76 mm). The results are lower magnesium part weights and material costs comparable to reinforced plastics. Automated hot-chamber magnesium die casting technology, delivers faster cycle times (30% greater than aluminum processing, plus die life from two to four times longer).
Cost and other so-called “knowns” about magnesium related to the die casting process may be keeping you from realizing the considerable benefits of today’s die cast processing in magnesium. Explore the advantages of die casting with Magnesium and see if its unique properties can be employed in your new design or conversion from another process.
- Mg properties and benefits
- How Magnesium die casting stacks up to other manufacturing options
- When Mg die casting is a smart choice
- Prototyping and finishing options
- Loads of case studies!