Die Casting

Since 1937, CWM has worked leaner and smarter to produce the most difficult die casting parts in Aluminum, Magnesium & Zinc, making Chicago White Metal your best choice for any die casting project. Regardless of quantity, size, alloy,  or finish, we can lower your die casting unit costs on quality die cast parts. Our management systems are IS0 9001 and ISO 14001 registered.

Aluminum Die Castings Process-controlled Aluminum Die Casting Part production, with the latest Magmasoft® simulation plus robotic production automation— delivering die cast aluminum at significantly decreased lead and cycle times with first-piece success.

Group shot of multiple CWM Die Cast products Magnesium Hot-Chamber Die Castings
The first North American custom die caster to use this faster-cycling Mg die casting process, CWM operates one of the largest, most advanced .custom hot-chamber facilities for precision magnesium die casting components.

Zinc Die Castings for high precision and lowest die cast tooling costs. CWM was an early adopter of space-saving thin-wall production of Zinc Die Castings for reduced weight, with no loss in part strength.

Miniature Zinc & ZA-8 multi-slide die casting production: Flash-free, net-shape components ready for final assembly, at low unit costs and minimum tooling investment. CWM specializes in delivering miniature parts with any required post-casting finishing, including precision machining where net shapes are not possible.

Contact Chicago White Metal to discuss die casting options for your next project.

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The Market for Aluminum Alloys in North America: Trends and Challenges The Market for Aluminum Alloys in North America: Trends and Challenges

This 3-page article was taken from NADCA’s Die Cast Engineer magazine (Nov 2016) and describes primary and secondary aluminum pricing and the overall trends and challenges which the aluminum alloys market experiences in North America.

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Book Review: Book Review: “Poorly Made in China”

Paul Midler, with a background in Chinese studies and history– and hands-on experience working for years in China with Chinese supplier manufacturers– has written a valuable new book, “Poorly Made in China,” Any North American OEM considering offshore sourcing will want to be familiar with the information this interesting businessman-author documents.

View the PDF: Book Review: “Poorly Made in China”

Converting Machined Parts to Die Casting Converting Machined Parts to Die Casting

When production runs for a machined component part increase, advanced net-shape die casting can offer substantial unit cost savings compared to part machining to specifications. Such cost reductions are being achieved for a wide variety of machined part applications in a range of alloys and part sizes. In the case of many small precision parts, the net-shape 4-slide miniature die casting process can be used to replace a brass machined part at no sacrifice in mechanical properties for significant savings at even low production volumes. This Tech Brief discusses the many advantages of machining-to-die casting conversions in addition to unit cost savings.

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Design News Engrg Survey & Key DC2 OEM Resources Design News Engrg Survey & Key DC2 OEM Resources

Two-Part Tech Brief: Part 1 outlines findings of recent Design News Study of design engineers: Salary gains, but with added duties. Part 2 presents a tailored listing of key initial resources in this DC2 Design Center for OEMs considering the die casting process, with direct download links to the described documents. Three DC2 OEM lists are presented, based on one’s design project role and process background.

View the PDF: Design News Engrg Survey & Key DC2 OEM Resources

Developing an Optimum Product Design Developing an Optimum Product Design

When a design is started from a clean sheet of paper, the designer must disassociate the design constraints from the materials and processes traditionally employed. This 2-page paper reviews the path to the optimum cost-effective results.

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EPA-Compliant Chromate for Al, Mg & Zn Parts EPA-Compliant Chromate for Al, Mg & Zn Parts

Latest information on Trivalent chromium which is now a proven alternative to hexavalent chromium coatings and meets new U.S. and European Union environmental mandates. Economical, with a cosmetically pleasing finish, it offers high corrosion resistance for CWM Al, Mg & Zn die castings.

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Getting on Course After Onshoring Getting on Course After Onshoring

This article provides insight on and describes the period of transition from an offshore manufacturing source to an onshore manufacturer. This article is taken from “Global Manufacturing” online publication.

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How to Select the Best Custom Die Caster How to Select the Best Custom Die Caster

This 10-point OEM checklist can be a helpful guide to making the optimum supplier decision for successful results in producing a new housing or component as a custom die casting in aluminum, magnesium, or zinc.

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Special Industrial Robotics Issue Special Industrial Robotics Issue

Financial Times article describes record robot sales by China to automate industrial processes for the manufacturing industry. An additional CWM article explains the benefits of the recent robot acquisitions.

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Still Believe These Five Magnesium Myths? Still Believe These Five Magnesium Myths?

A 2-page technical paper. It offers the facts to five ‘known’ misconceptions about magnesium die casting. It also discusses the unique properties that can be gained from die casting with magnesium.

View the PDF: Still Believe These Five Magnesium Myths?

The Insourcing Boom: Updated, In-depth look at the Comeback of Manufacturing to the U.S The Insourcing Boom: Updated, In-depth look at the Comeback of Manufacturing to the U.S

Charles Fishman, award-winning investigative and magazine journalist writing in the Atlantic magazine, explores what he calls a startling, sustainable, just-getting-started return of industry to the United States. After years of offshore production, U.S. companies are moving much of their far-flung manufacturing operations back home. General Electric is an early example, but it is not alone. Whirlpool, from China to Ohio; Otis, from Mexico to South Carolina; even Wham-O, from China to California. This Tech Brief is a condensation of his recent in-depth article with reasons for these major production shifts that he labels “The Insourcing Boom.”

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The U.S. Aluminum Casting Industry The U.S. Aluminum Casting Industry

This white paper is a 6-page excerpt of an article that describes the current state of the United States Aluminum Casting Industry as it relates to Aluminum Die Casting. This article was written by The Folk Group. (Truncated Version)

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USA Today: Manufacturing Heading Back to USA? USA Today: Manufacturing Heading Back to USA?

In this issue you will find the following stories: New Employees, Retirements, Condolences, NEW CWM Guides, Design Awards, Perspectives, CWM Investments, Health Fair 2017, Charitable Efforts, CWM and the Morton Arboretum, and more!

View the PDF: USA Today: Manufacturing Heading Back to USA?

The Plastic vs Die Casting Process Decision The Plastic vs Die Casting Process Decision

If a structural component requires stiffness and extra strength, a proposed plastic part is usually a good candidate for production as a lightweight magnesium die casting. If EMI shielding and green recyclability are a concern, die cast Mg can be a hands-down choice

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Functional-Build Approach to Lower Production Costs Functional-Build Approach to Lower Production Costs

Using the “functional build” methodology in part production, widely embraced by Japanese engineers, many North American OEMs are now making higher performing end-product assemblies at lower costs with greater customer satisfaction.

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How Magmasoft Process Simulation Lowers Costs How Magmasoft Process Simulation Lowers Costs

Describes how the use of this advanced in-house software technology, with simulated 3D computer metal-flow animations, can help assure 1st-shot success and die cast production repeatability. The benefits of further economical tooling design modifications can be clearly revealed prior to tooling construction.

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Electric Vehicles: Component Manufacturing Using the High-Pressure Die Casting Process

With the demand for Hybrid Electric and Electric Vehicles on the rise, automakers are looking for ways to reduce vehicle weight. They want to improve overall performance, increase fuel or battery efficiency, and extend driving range without sacrificing design or safety. The answer to their problems just might be High-Pressure Die Casting.

View the PDF: Electric Vehicles: Component Manufacturing Using the High-Pressure Die Casting Process

The CWM Difference: Mg AZ91D Steno Writer Parts

As a steno writing machine is compact and portable, the use of magnesium provided a lightweight, yet higher quality feel than plastic. The highly cosmetic finishing provides the flawless appearance which the customer was going for.

View the PDF: The CWM Difference: Mg AZ91D Steno Writer Parts

Developing an Optimum Product Design Developing an Optimum Product Design

When a design is started from a clean sheet of paper, the designer must disassociate the design constraints from the materials and processes traditionally employed. This 2-page paper reviews the path to the optimum cost-effective results.

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Superior EMI Shielding with Die Cast Housings Superior EMI Shielding with Die Cast Housings

More densely-packed housings, faster processing speeds, and new EMI regulations call for changes in electronic housing designs. This paper frames the EMI shielding challenge, the importance of attention to shielding concerns well before the prototyping stage, and outlines the pros and cons of shielding alternatives in metal and plastic housings.

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Tutorial: Electronic Enclosure Design for Die Casting Tutorial: Electronic Enclosure Design for Die Casting

Step-by-step tutorial for a typical electronic enclosure design optimized for die casting takes the product designer through die casting design decisions applying recommended engineering principles appropriate to a range of similar design projects. Published by NADCA.

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Tutorial: Redesigning a Steel Bracket for Die Casting Tutorial: Redesigning a Steel Bracket for Die Casting

Step-by-step tutorial for a redesigned bracket design optimized for die casting takes the product designer through die casting design and redesign decisions applying recommended engineering principles appropriate to a range of similar redesign projects. Published by NADCA.

View the PDF: Tutorial: Redesigning a Steel Bracket for Die Casting

Surface Finishes for Die Casting Surface Finishes for Die Casting

Presents the important factors that can affect the outcome of the final appearance of your die cast component when its surface finish is a critical issue. This narrated webinar will aid an understanding of the various finish options, and how their uses and limitations can make the difference between successful product development and costly results. 49 minutes.

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The Die Casting Process: An OEM Designer's Overview The Die Casting Process: An OEM Designer’s Overview

This overview for OEM designers and specifiers is a refresher for those OEM product design engineers, buyers, and purchasing managers already familiar with die casting; and for those new to the process, it provides a valuable framework or further pursuit.

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The Miniature Zinc Die Casting Advantage The Miniature Zinc Die Casting Advantage

Presents the facts on why multi-slide, miniature zinc die casting is the preferred choice for small precision components. It enables product designers to learn how this specialized die casting process can substantially reduce component costs and provide optimal precision to a new project design or a conversion from an existing process.

Watch: The Miniature Zinc Die Casting Advantage Webinar

10 Ways to Reduce the Costs of Die Cast Parts 10 Ways to Reduce the Costs of Die Cast Parts

6-page guide outlines 10 key cost drivers that design engineers can leverage during the product design stage to yield significant cost savings in the custom production of die cast components. These specific planning steps aid in integrating the realities of die cast manufacturing.

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Al Archery Bow NADCA Die Casting Award Winner Al Archery Bow NADCA Die Casting Award Winner

The central component for a newly developed archery bow for serious young archers is a high-tech Al die casting produced to precision tolerance specifications and machined look and feel of a “hog out.” Delivered at the targeted market price, on a tightened time schedule to tie-in with promotional book and film release dates. NADCA Die Casting Award of Excellence winner. (Includes photos)

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CWM Al, Mg & Zn Die Cast Production Specs CWM Al, Mg & Zn Die Cast Production Specs

2-page descriptive detailed data sheet for Chicago White Metal Casting’s current high-tech production specifications, material properties, and nominal chemistry for its Al, Mg & Zn alloy capabilities.

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CWM Comprehensive Die Casting Capabilities Brochure CWM Comprehensive Die Casting Capabilities Brochure

16-page, full-color comprehensive brochure on Chicago White Metal Casting capabilities in the most widely specified die casting alloys— Al, Mg & Zn. From design assistance through production, post-casting machining, surface finishing, and final product assembly. Detailed overview covers the experience, advanced technologies, and ISO 9001 & 14001 registered management systems that make CWM the cost-effective choice for net- and near-net-shape die cast parts. Includes case examples.

View the PDF: CWM Comprehensive Die Casting Capabilities Brochure

Design & Specification Guide for Custom Die Castings Design & Specification Guide for Custom Die Castings

Updated and expanded 16-page reference to the major design & specification steps that drive the cost and performance of components die cast in Al, Mg, and Zn alloys. Among key design and production factors covered: Matching material properties; Die design & construction; Minimizing part porosity; Optimizing part heat transfer; Preplanning post-casting machining, if required; Dimensioning and tolerancing; Flash considerations; Prototyping; and as-cast finish guidelines.

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Design of a Bracket for Die Casting Production Design of a Bracket for Die Casting Production

An exercise in a step-by-step redesigning a part from a welded steel assembly to a die casting, applying recommended engineering principles, and the 1999 NADCA Product Standards for optimum die casting results.

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Designing for Servicing & Recyclability Designing for Servicing & Recyclability

Facts on the material recycling infrastructure long in place for die cast metal parts and recyclability questions designers should ask in selecting materials and manufacturing processes for “green” component design.

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Designing Optimum Part Shapes Designing Optimum Part Shapes

An introductory guide to developing the optimum component configuration for cost-effective die cast processing. It provides an overview of design features that enable the designer to capitalize on the inherent advantages of net-shape die cast production.

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Die Cast Design Myths Can Cripple Optimum Decisions Die Cast Design Myths Can Cripple Optimum Decisions

Certain design and production myths regarding die casting may be crippling material and manufacturing decision making. This discussion, by CWM’s V.P. of Engineering, takes a look at today’s die casting design realities.

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Die Cast Heat Sink Can Be a Cost-Effective OEM Choice Die Cast Heat Sink Can Be a Cost-Effective OEM Choice

Presents data on heat sink materials comparisons and the strengths and weaknesses of heat sinks produced as stampings, extrusions, and die castings. Of special interest to designers less familiar with integral incorporation of heat sinks into a housing design or the potential of custom die cast sink designs

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Die Cast Zn for Key Computer Structural Component Die Cast Zn for Key Computer Structural Component

Computer workstations from Silicon Graphics incorporated a zinc die cast rear cap frame, which combined important structural function with superior cosmetic appearance. The Zn die cast component, selected for its excellent strength, rigidity, EMI shielding characteristics, and part consolidation potential, was the first use by the company of a die casting in one of their workstation computers.

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Die Casting Design & Production Preplanning Guide Die Casting Design & Production Preplanning Guide

Preplanning Guide to aid OEMs considering custom die cast part production and reviewing existing literature. Organizes selected industry and CWM design resources into a 7-step sequence for the planning process. The source of each die casting design and production bulletin, tech brief, guide, checklist, and reference manual is listed, with many available for Web downloading or forwarding by Email. Bulletin contains direct Web links to aid access or requests for all listed documents.

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Dirt Bike Al Hub with 35 Gear Teeth Cast to Zero Draft Dirt Bike Al Hub with 35 Gear Teeth Cast to Zero Draft

The first motocross design produced on American soil in 20 years features many rule-breaking design innovations, such as its “sweet,” solid shifting clutch, made with two high-tech Al die castings. The Al hub has 35 gear teeth cast to zero draft. The crankshaft and engine cover are AZ91D hot-chamber mag die castings, providing strength and lightweight.

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GPS Satellite Tracker Unit in Rugged, Lightweight Mg GPS Satellite Tracker Unit in Rugged, Lightweight Mg

Project managers for this satellite positioning system designed an Mg die cast enclosure as advanced as the new technology inside: ultra-rugged; lightweight for field use; waterproof; dustproof, with fail-safe EMI shielding.

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High-Tech Al & Mg for Advanced Video Imaging System High-Tech Al & Mg for Advanced Video Imaging System

Designed as part of an advanced digital video processing and control system, Sony engineers specified “perfect parts” for their new professional video camera. CWM high-tech die casting was selected to produce 11 aluminum and hot-chamber magnesium housing components for the new camera. Superior as-cast surfaces were primary specifications.

View the PDF: GPS Satellite Tracker Unit in Rugged, Lightweight Mg

Intricate Al Die Cast Propane Vaporizer-Regulator Intricate Al Die Cast Propane Vaporizer-Regulator

Two intricate Al die castings are the heart of a vaporizer-regulator for propane and natural gas vehicles, winning an industry award for their casting excellence. Meeting important thermal and weight specs, the two castings that make up the unit have channel walls, and the spaces between them, that measure 0.040 in. (1.016 mm) thick.

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Key High-Tech Mg Parts for Optical Survey System Key High-Tech Mg Parts for Optical Survey System

World leader in global positioning systems selected Mg die castings for the key housing components in their new optical surveying instrument. Machined parts were rejected as cost prohibitive; plastic would not provide the required stiffness for highly accurate readings.

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Leveraging DFM Prior to Design Commitment Leveraging DFM Prior to Design Commitment

This presentation will aid OEM product designers, engineers, and specifiers with valuable, practical guidelines for assuring sound design-for-manufacturing decisions prior to freezing their designs destined for die casting production.

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Machining to Die Casting: A Guide to Conversion Machining to Die Casting: A Guide to Conversion

For users of machined parts looking for opportunities to reduce part costs while improving existing designs, with lower environmental impacts. Narrated webinar covers die cast conversion benefits and when such conversions are and are not advantageous. Tips on how best to make the transfer to an optimized die cast part. Covers conversion design considerations, alloys, and surface finishes— with case studies. 30 minutes.

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Magnesium EMI Shielding Characteristics Magnesium EMI Shielding Characteristics

Outlines EMI/RFI shielding requirements for electronic assemblies. Presents relationships between common measures of shielding, advantages of die castings in general, and mag die castings in particular, for electronic enclosure shielding. Prepared by Norsk Hydro Magnesium.

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Medical Imager Mg Multi-function Housing Walls Medical Imager Mg Multi-function Housing Walls

Two Mg 12 x 17 in. precision die cast housing walls for an all-in-one multi-media desktop medical imager provide lightweight, multiple functions, and reduced part counts. Each high-tech hot-chamber mag die casting delivers 25 tight-toleranced features as-cast.

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Mg Die Cast Professional Digital Camera Case Mg Die Cast Professional Digital Camera Case

First professional digital camera in a magnesium die cast housing, jointly developed by Kodak and Nikon. Mag, selected over the usual alternative of plastic encasing a stamped metal body or an Al casting, provides ruggedness, lightweight, and the quality feel of metal.

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Mg Die Cast Ultrasound Portable Workstation Housing Mg Die Cast Ultrasound Portable Workstation Housing

Eight precision components form the self-contained display and keypad plus probe connector unit for a new all-digital portable ultrasound system. A total component weight of 1.725 lbs. makes the unit lighter than a molded plastic design, with greater drop strength. Winner of a “Design Award of Excellence” from the International Magnesium Assn.

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Mg IMA Process Technology Award for Auto Mirror Mg IMA Process Technology Award for Auto Mirror

New Mg die cast support structure for an advanced rear view automotive mirror is now being produced in a high-pressure hot-chamber mag die casting machine with trimming operations eliminated. Employing “in-die de-gating,” two-stage ejection technology, borrowed from miniature Zn die cast production, savings include eliminating the trim die build. (Includes photos)

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NADCA Collaborative Engineering White Paper NADCA Collaborative Engineering White Paper

This in-depth White Paper from the North American Die Casting Assn. details of how collaborative engineering between OEM engineers and custom die caster engineering can result in improved production efficiencies and reduced part costs. The case study method is used to discuss cost-saving opportunities for existing parts at the point of tooling replacement or required product design revisions, as well as for clean sheet designs.

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NADCA Design Manual: Intro & Content NADCA Design Manual: Intro & Content

Detailed overview of the contents of the 176-page Product Design for Die Casting manual on optimizing designs for die casting.

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NADCA-ADCI Standards Cross-Reference Chart NADCA-ADCI Standards Cross-Reference Chart

Cross-reference chart for former superseded American Die Casting Institute (ADCI) and superseded North American Die Casting Assn. #401 (NADCA) Product Standards and current NADCA Product Standards. (2015)

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NADCA: Comparison of Mag Die Casting & Plastic Parts NADCA: Comparison of Mag Die Casting & Plastic Parts

NADCA updated comparison reviews die cast and plastic parts on material availability and recycling, material properties, design tolerances, and material costs. Examines the fact that plastic materials that offer higher strength than mag alloys have material costs that are at least four times greater than magnesium.

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NADCA: Coordinate vs Geometric Dimensioning Intro

Presentation of “Standard” and “Precision” tolerances as outlined in the latest NADCA Product Standards Manual, plus outline of Coordinate Dimensioning vs the advantages of the GD&T framework for specifying die cast parts.

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NADCA: Die Cast Production & Finishing Checklists NADCA: Die Cast Production & Finishing Checklists

Key factors in specifying the production and surface finishing of die cast parts, based on NADCA Product Standards Manual guidelines. Helps assure clearer communication between OEM purchaser and die caster. (2015)

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NADCA: For Efficient Manufacturing, Look to Die Casting NADCA: For Efficient Manufacturing, Look to Die Casting

A concise outline of the specific facts regarding how die casting manufacturing efficiency contributes to ecological sustainability: All die casting metals can be recycled and reused with no loss in material properties, resulting in the vast majority of die castings made with post-consumer metals which, in addition, require far less energy to reprocess than virgin materials. In the production of non-ferrous metal castings, die casting is the most energy-efficient casting process, with reusable molds and very high production rates resulting in highly-efficient energy usage. The carbon footprint of the die casting industry is among the lowest among producers of net- or near-net shape products and component parts—far less than that of plastic injection moldings.

View the PDF: NADCA: For Efficient Manufacturing, Look to Die Casting

NADCA: Pointers for Designing Die Castings NADCA: Pointers for Designing Die Castings

Die castings offer exceptional design freedom while at the same time achieving excellent mechanical properties for a product component. Selected features should be designed to enhance casting quality and avoid unnecessary casting costs. This article offers details on key points to consider in optimizing the cost-performance equation for a die cast part.

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NADCA: Product Standards Manual Overview NADCA: Product Standards Manual Overview

Illustrated condensed overview of the basic contents of the die casting industry’s authoritative “Product Specification Standards for Die Castings” reference manual, as originally established in 1997.

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NADCA: Tooling Checklists for Die Casting Dies NADCA: Tooling Checklists for Die Casting Dies

Aid to understanding die caster tooling requirements for optimum part production: Updated checklists for both new dies, and existing die casting dies to be transferred, based on NADCA Product Standards Manual guidelines.

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Only Mg Met Strength-Weight Specs for Voice/Data Unit Only Mg Met Strength-Weight Specs for Voice/Data Unit

Ruggedness, impact strength, and light weight were key requirements for this handheld field unit for on-site analysis of voice and data. Specifications were met by this hot-chamber Mg die casting housing, which survives 4-foot drop tests to concrete.

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Overview of CWM Die Casting & Production Capabilities Overview of CWM Die Casting & Production Capabilities

4-page condensed overview of Chicago White Metal Casting capabilities in Al, Mg, and Zn from front-end assistance, prototyping to part finishing, and assembly. Summarizes CWM’s experience, advanced technologies, and ISO 9001 & 14001 registered management systems.

View the PDF: Overview of CWM Die Casting & Production Capabilities

Portable Die Cast Mg Case with Elastomer Overmolding Portable Die Cast Mg Case with Elastomer Overmolding

Handheld fiber optic cable analyzer introduced in a high-tech magnesium die cast housing with elastomer overmolding. Innovative case, claimed to be the first overmolding of a complex die casting, offers improved performance over plastic at a 20% saving.

View the PDF: Portable Die Cast Mg Case with Elastomer Overmolding

Preliminary Guide to Overmolding of Die Cast Parts Preliminary Guide to Overmolding of Die Cast Parts

Overmolding of a die cast enclosure allows product advantages beyond the soft-touch characteristics of elastomers. Tech Brief outlines design considerations that should be addressed by the design engineer planning a marriage of die casting and elastomer overmolding.

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  Primer on Miniature Zinc & ZA-8 Die Casting Primer on Miniature Zinc & ZA-8 Die Casting

Condensed overview for OEM product designers and engineers on Miniature Zinc & ZA-8 custom die casting for the cost-effective production of small, complex structural components.

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Product Solutions Through Die Casting Product Solutions Through Die Casting

Presentation to aid efficiency, functionality, and cost savings in the design and production of custom die castings. This narrated webinar focuses on helping effectively capitalize on today’s advanced die casting capabilities to improve performance and lower the costs of their custom components. 1 hour.

Watch: Product Solutions Through Die Casting Webinar

Replacement for Machined Brass at a 500% Savings Replacement for Machined Brass at a 500% Savings

A value analysis of alternate production efficiencies for a low-volume CNC machined brass small component for a medical device resulted in a miniature zinc net-shape die cast replacement at a 500% unit cost saving.

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Rugged Al Die Cast Laser Housing Outperforms Plastic Rugged Al Die Cast Laser Housing Outperforms Plastic

A wireless remote laser unit to aid pipelaying accuracy and efficiency is claimed to be the most powerful laser device of its kind allowed by law. The new model offers an Al die cast metal housing to meet extreme, rugged field conditions, difficult for plastic housings to survive.

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Rugged Mg Spotting Scope Die Casting Award Rugged Mg Spotting Scope Die Casting Award

This advanced spotting scope, offering the sharpest, brightest viewing at distances greater than possible with premium binoculars, has impressive housing specifications: lightweight portability, absolute ruggedness, 100% waterproof construction— it is nitrogen filled and guaranteed for life. Its central housing is produced as a hot-chamber magnesium high-precision die casting, weighing just 8.0 oz. (226.8 gm) with thin-wall sections as narrow as 0.039 in. (1.0 mm).

View the PDF: Rugged Mg Spotting Scope Die Casting Award

NADCA-ADCI Standards Cross-Reference Chart NADCA-ADCI Standards Cross-Reference Chart

Cross-reference chart for former superseded American Die Casting Institute (ADCI) and superseded North American Die Casting Assn. #401 (NADCA) Product Standards and current NADCA Product Standards. (2015)

View the PDF: NADCA-ADCI Standards Cross-Reference Chart

Die Casting Design & Production Preplanning Guide Die Casting Design & Production Preplanning Guide

Preplanning Guide to aid OEMs considering custom die cast part production and reviewing existing literature. Organizes selected industry and CWM design resources into a 7-step sequence for the planning process. The source of each die casting design and production bulletin, tech brief, guide, checklist, and reference manual is listed, with many available for Web downloading or forwarding by Email. Bulletin contains direct Web links to aid access or requests for all listed documents.

View the PDF: Die Casting Design & Production Preplanning Guide

Only Mg Met Strength-Weight Specs for Voice/Data Unit Only Mg Met Strength-Weight Specs for Voice/Data Unit

Ruggedness, impact strength, and light weight were key requirements for this handheld field unit for on-site analysis of voice and data. Specifications were met by this hot-chamber Mg die casting housing, which survives 4-foot drop tests to concrete.

View the PDF: Only Mg Met Strength-Weight Specs for Voice/Data Unit

Primer on Miniature Zinc & ZA-8 Die Casting Primer on Miniature Zinc & ZA-8 Die Casting

Condensed overview for OEM product designers and engineers on Miniature Zinc & ZA-8 custom die casting for the cost-effective production of small, complex structural components.

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CWM Comprehensive Die Casting Capabilities Brochure CWM Comprehensive Die Casting Capabilities Brochure

16-page, full-color comprehensive brochure on Chicago White Metal Casting capabilities in the most widely specified die casting alloys— Al, Mg & Zn. From design assistance through production, post-casting machining, surface finishing, and final product assembly. Detailed overview covers the experience, advanced technologies, and ISO 9001 & 14001 registered management systems that make CWM the cost-effective choice for net- and near-net-shape die cast parts. Includes case examples.

View the PDF: CWM Comprehensive Die Casting Capabilities Brochure

Portable Die Cast Mg Case with Elastomer Overmolding Portable Die Cast Mg Case with Elastomer Overmolding

Handheld fiber optic cable analyzer introduced in a high-tech magnesium die cast housing with elastomer overmolding. Innovative case, claimed to be the first overmolding of a complex die casting, offers improved performance over plastic at a 20% saving.

View the PDF: Portable Die Cast Mg Case with Elastomer Overmolding

Prototyping for Die Casting in All Alloys Prototyping for Die Casting in All Alloys

Guide to developing optimum prototyping strategies for developing and testing component designs prior to final die casting die construction. Discusses prototyping alloys and processes, including new rapid prototyping technologies.

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CWM Al, Mg & Zn Die Cast Production Specs CWM Al, Mg & Zn Die Cast Production Specs

2-page descriptive detailed data sheet for Chicago White Metal Casting’s current high-tech production specifications, material properties, and nominal chemistry for its Al, Mg & Zn alloy capabilities.

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Replacement for Machined Brass at a 500% Savings Replacement for Machined Brass at a 500% Savings

A value analysis of alternate production efficiencies for a low-volume CNC machined brass small component for a medical device resulted in a miniature zinc net-shape die cast replacement at a 500% unit cost saving. 

View the PDF: Replacement for Machined Brass at a 500% Savings

Quick Guide to Surface Finishing for Al, Mg & Zn Parts Quick Guide to Surface Finishing for Al, Mg & Zn Parts

8-page condensed resource on evaluating finishing alternatives and optimizing component finishing decisions for Al, Mg, and Zn die cast products. Features a comparison table rating 32 surface coatings on relative cost, appearance, wear, and corrosion resistance; Presents recommended finishing for a range of typical die cast components.

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Design & Specification Guide for Custom Die Castings Design & Specification Guide for Custom Die Castings

Updated and expanded 16-page reference to the major design & specification steps that drive the cost and performance of components die cast in Al, Mg, and Zn alloys. Among key design and production factors covered: Matching material properties; Die design & construction; Minimizing part porosity; Optimizing part heat transfer; Preplanning post-casting machining, if required; Dimensioning and tolerancing; Flash considerations; Prototyping; and as-cast finish guidelines.

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Rugged Al Die Cast Laser Housing Outperforms Plastic Rugged Al Die Cast Laser Housing Outperforms Plastic

A wireless remote laser unit to aid pipelaying accuracy and efficiency is claimed to be the most powerful laser device of its kind allowed by law. The new model offers an Al die cast metal housing to meet extreme, rugged field conditions, difficult for plastic housings to survive.

View the PDF: Rugged Al Die Cast Laser Housing Outperforms Plastic

Superior EMI Shielding with Die Cast Housings Superior EMI Shielding with Die Cast Housings

More densely-packed housings, faster processing speeds, and new EMI regulations call for changes in electronic housing designs. This paper frames the EMI shielding challenge, the importance of attention to shielding concerns well before the prototyping stage, and outlines the pros and cons of shielding alternatives in metal and plastic housings.

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1st-ever Triple Winners in NADCA Die Casting Contest 1st-ever Triple Winners in NADCA Die Casting Contest

Two Al and one Mg die casting Awards were won by CWM for a first-ever triple win for outstanding custom die castings in the annual North American Die Casting Association’s International Die Casting Competition. (Includes photos)

View the PDF: 1st-ever Triple Winners in NADCA Die Casting Contest

Rugged Mg Spotting Scope Die Casting Award Rugged Mg Spotting Scope Die Casting Award

This advanced spotting scope, offering the sharpest, brightest viewing at distances greater than possible with premium binoculars, has impressive housing specifications: lightweight portability, absolute ruggedness, 100% waterproof construction— it is nitrogen filled and guaranteed for life. Its central housing is produced as a hot-chamber magnesium high-precision die casting, weighing just 8.0 oz. (226.8 gm) with thin-wall sections as narrow as 0.039 in. (1.0 mm).

View the PDF: Rugged Mg Spotting Scope Die Casting Award

Surface Finishing for Die Casting Bulletin Surface Finishing for Die Casting Bulletin

Brief overview of surface treatment systems for die cast part protection, decoration, and improving component performance, for all alloys: Al, Mg, Zn, and ZA.

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Al Archery Bow NADCA Die Casting Award Winner Al Archery Bow NADCA Die Casting Award Winner

The central component for a newly developed archery bow for serious young archers is a high-tech Al die casting produced to precision tolerance specifications and machined look and feel of a “hog out.” Delivered at the targeted market price, on a tightened time schedule to tie-in with promotional book and film release dates. NADCA Die Casting Award of Excellence winner. (Includes photos)

View the PDF: Al Archery Bow NADCA Die Casting Award Winner

Magnesium Die Casting: Solutions for Today's Markets Magnesium Die Casting: Solutions for Today’s Markets

Chicago White Metal explores magnesium die casting in this informative webinar. Reviews the unique properties of die casting with magnesium that can be employed in a new design or conversion from another process. The information presented in this webinar is for OEM product designers and engineers who want to understand how magnesium die casting can improve product performance and reduce costs. 50 minutes.

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Die Cast Design Myths Can Cripple Optimum Decisions Die Cast Design Myths Can Cripple Optimum Decisions

Certain design and production myths regarding die casting may be crippling material and manufacturing decision making. This discussion, by CWM’s V.P. of Engineering, takes a look at today’s die casting design realities.

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The Plastic vs Die Casting Process Decision The Plastic vs Die Casting Process Decision

If a structural component requires stiffness and extra strength, a proposed plastic part is usually a good candidate for production as a lightweight magnesium die casting. If EMI shielding and green recyclability are a concern, die cast Mg can be a hands-down choice

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Die Cast Zn for Key Computer Structural Component Die Cast Zn for Key Computer Structural Component

Computer workstations from Silicon Graphics incorporated a zinc die cast rear cap frame, which combined important structural function with superior cosmetic appearance. The Zn die cast component, selected for its excellent strength, rigidity, EMI shielding characteristics, and part consolidation potential, was the first use by the company of a die casting in one of their workstation computers.

View the PDF: Die Cast Zn for Key Computer Structural Component

Still Believe These Five Magnesium Myths? Still Believe These Five Magnesium Myths?

A 2-page technical paper. It offers the facts to five ‘known’ misconceptions about magnesium die casting. It also discusses the unique properties that can be gained from die casting with magnesium.

View the PDF: Still Believe These Five Magnesium Myths?

Evaluating Materials & Processes Evaluating Materials & Processes

Introductory overview and guide to optimum materials and alternate process selection. It contains a physical and mechanical materials properties comparison chart for the most widely used Al, Mg & Zn die casting alloys.

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Tutorial: Redesigning a Steel Bracket for Die Casting Tutorial: Redesigning a Steel Bracket for Die Casting

Step-by-step tutorial for a redesigned bracket design optimized for die casting takes the product designer through die casting design and redesign decisions applying recommended engineering principles appropriate to a range of similar redesign projects. Published by NADCA.

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Dirt Bike Al Hub with 35 Gear Teeth Cast to Zero Draft Dirt Bike Al Hub with 35 Gear Teeth Cast to Zero Draft

The first motocross design produced on American soil in 20 years features many rule-breaking design innovations, such as its “sweet,” solid shifting clutch, made with two high-tech Al die castings. The Al hub has 35 gear teeth cast to zero draft. The crankshaft and engine cover are AZ91D hot-chamber mag die castings, providing strength and lightweight.

View the PDF: Dirt Bike Al Hub with 35 Gear Teeth Cast to Zero Draft

Material / Physical Properties Comparison Material / Physical Properties Comparison

This chart compares the material and physical properties for three popular die casting alloys: aluminum A380, magnesium AZ91D, Zinc #3, and ZA8. Several material properties such as tensile strength, impact, and yield strength can be compared between the three alloys. Physical properties such as density and conductivity can also be examined.

View the PDF: Material / Physical Properties Comparison

Magnesium EMI Shielding Characteristics Magnesium EMI Shielding Characteristics

Outlines EMI/RFI shielding requirements for electronic assemblies. Presents relationships between common measures of shielding, advantages of die castings in general, and mag die castings in particular, for electronic enclosure shielding. Prepared by Norsk Hydro Magnesium.

View the PDF: Magnesium EMI Shielding Characteristics

Leveraging DFM Prior to Design Commitment Leveraging DFM Prior to Design Commitment

This presentation will aid OEM product designers, engineers, and specifiers with valuable, practical guidelines for assuring sound design-for-manufacturing decisions prior to freezing their designs destined for die casting production.

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GPS Satellite Tracker Unit in Rugged, Lightweight Mg GPS Satellite Tracker Unit in Rugged, Lightweight Mg

Project managers for this satellite positioning system designed an Mg die cast enclosure as advanced as the new technology inside: ultra-rugged; lightweight for field use; waterproof; dustproof, with fail-safe EMI shielding.

View the PDF: GPS Satellite Tracker Unit in Rugged, Lightweight Mg

Developing an Optimum Product Design Developing an Optimum Product Design

When a design is started from a clean sheet of paper, the designer must disassociate the design constraints from the materials and processes traditionally employed. This 2-page paper reviews the path to the optimum cost-effective results.

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NADCA Design Manual: Intro & Content NADCA Design Manual: Intro & Content

Detailed overview of the contents of the 176-page Product Design for Die Casting manual on optimizing designs for die casting.

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Product Solutions Through Die Casting Product Solutions Through Die Casting

Presentation to aid efficiency, functionality, and cost savings in the design and production of custom die castings. This narrated webinar focuses on helping effectively capitalize on today’s advanced die casting capabilities to improve performance and lower the costs of their custom components. 1 hour.

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High-Tech Al & Mg for Advanced Video Imaging System High-Tech Al & Mg for Advanced Video Imaging System

Designed as part of an advanced digital video processing and control system, Sony engineers specified “perfect parts” for their new professional video camera. CWM high-tech die casting was selected to produce 11 aluminum and hot-chamber magnesium housing components for the new camera. Superior as-cast surfaces were primary specifications.

View the PDF: High-Tech Al & Mg for Advanced Video Imaging System

NADCA Standards: Aluminum Alloy Data NADCA Standards: Aluminum Alloy Data

Al alloy selection, machining and finishing data; chemical composition; material properties and die casting and other characteristics.

View the PDF: NADCA Standards: Aluminum Alloy Data

Surface Finishes for Die Casting Surface Finishes for Die Casting

Presents the important factors that can affect the outcome of the final appearance of your die cast component when its surface finish is a critical issue. This narrated webinar will aid an understanding of the various finish options, and how their uses and limitations can make the difference between successful product development and costly results. 49 minutes.

Click here to watch the Webinar

Intricate Al Die Cast Propane Vaporizer-Regulator Intricate Al Die Cast Propane Vaporizer-Regulator

Two intricate Al die castings are the heart of a vaporizer-regulator for propane and natural gas vehicles, winning an industry award for their casting excellence. Meeting important thermal and weight specs, the two castings that make up the unit have channel walls, and the spaces between them, that measure 0.040 in. (1.016 mm) thick.

View the PDF: Intricate Al Die Cast Propane Vaporizer-Regulator

NADCA Standards: Magnesium Alloy Data NADCA Standards: Magnesium Alloy Data

Mg alloy selection, machining and finishing data; chemical composition; material properties and die casting and other characteristics.

View the PDF: NADCA Standards: Magnesium Alloy Data

The Die Casting Process: An OEM Designer's Overview The Die Casting Process: An OEM Designer’s Overview

This overview for OEM designers and specifiers is a refresher for those OEM product design engineers, buyers, and purchasing managers already familiar with die casting; and for those new to the process, it provides a valuable framework or further pursuit.

View the PDF: The Die Casting Process: An OEM Designer’s Overview

Key High-Tech Mg Parts for Optical Survey System Key High-Tech Mg Parts for Optical Survey System

World leader in global positioning systems selected Mg die castings for the key housing components in their new optical surveying instrument. Machined parts were rejected as cost prohibitive; plastic would not provide the required stiffness for highly accurate readings.

View the PDF: Key High-Tech Mg Parts for Optical Survey System

NADCA Standards: Zinc & ZA Alloy Data NADCA Standards: Zinc & ZA Alloy Data

Updated Zn and ZA alloy selection, machining and finishing data; chemical composition; material properties and die casting and other characteristics.

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The Miniature Zinc Die Casting Advantage The Miniature Zinc Die Casting Advantage

Presents the facts on why multi-slide, miniature zinc die casting is the preferred choice for small precision components. It enables product designers to learn how this specialized die casting process can substantially reduce component costs and provide optimal precision to a new project design or a conversion from an existing process.

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Medical Imager Mg Multi-function Housing Walls Medical Imager Mg Multi-function Housing Walls

Two Mg 12 x 17 in. precision die cast housing walls for an all-in-one multi-media desktop medical imager provide lightweight, multiple functions and reduced part counts. Each high-tech hot-chamber mag die casting delivers 25 tight-toleranced features as-cast.

View the PDF: Medical Imager Mg Multi-function Housing Walls

NADCA: Comparison of Mag Die Casting & Plastic Parts NADCA: Comparison of Mag Die Casting & Plastic Parts

NADCA updated comparison reviews die cast and plastic parts on material availability and recycling, material properties, design tolerances, and material costs. Examines the fact that plastic materials that offer higher strength than mag alloys have material costs that are at least four times greater than magnesium.

View the PDF: NADCA: Comparison of Mag Die Casting & Plastic Parts

10 Ways to Reduce the Costs of Die Cast Parts 10 Ways to Reduce the Costs of Die Cast Parts

6-page guide outlines 10 key cost drivers that design engineers can leverage during the product design stage to yield significant cost savings in the custom production of die cast components. These specific planning steps aid in integrating the realities of die cast manufacturing.

View the PDF: 10 Ways to Reduce the Costs of Die Cast Parts

Mg Die Cast Professional Digital Camera Case Mg Die Cast Professional Digital Camera Case

First professional digital camera in a magnesium die cast housing, jointly developed by Kodak and Nikon. Mag, selected over the usual alternative of plastic encasing a stamped metal body or an Al casting, provides ruggedness, lightweight, and the quality feel of metal.

View the PDF: Mg Die Cast Professional Digital Camera Case

NADCA: For Efficient Manufacturing, Look to Die Casting NADCA: For Efficient Manufacturing, Look to Die Casting

A concise outline of the specific facts regarding how die casting manufacturing efficiency contributes to ecological sustainability: All die casting metals can be recycled and reused with no loss in material properties, resulting in the vast majority of die castings made with post-consumer metals which, in addition, require far less energy to reprocess than virgin materials. In the production of non-ferrous metal castings, die casting is the most energy-efficient casting process, with reusable molds and very high production rates resulting in highly-efficient energy usage. The carbon footprint of the die casting industry is among the lowest among producers of net- or near-net shape products and component parts—far less than that of plastic injection moldings.

View the PDF: NADCA: For Efficient Manufacturing, Look to Die Casting

Die Cast Heat Sink Can Be a Cost-Effective OEM Choice Die Cast Heat Sink Can Be a Cost-Effective OEM Choice

Presents data on heat sink materials comparisons and the strengths and weaknesses of heat sinks produced as stampings, extrusions, and die castings. Of special interest to designers less familiar with integral incorporation of heat sinks into a housing design or the potential of custom die cast sink designs

View the PDF: Die Cast Heat Sink Can Be a Cost-Effective OEM Choice

Mg Die Cast Ultrasound Portable Workstation Housing Mg Die Cast Ultrasound Portable Workstation Housing

Eight precision components form the self-contained display and keypad plus probe connector unit for a new all-digital portable ultrasound system. A total component weight of 1.725 lbs. makes the unit lighter than a molded plastic design, with greater drop strength. Winner of a “Design Award of Excellence” from the International Magnesium Assn.

View the PDF: Mg Die Cast Ultrasound Portable Workstation Housing

NADCA: Product Standards Manual Overview NADCA: Product Standards Manual Overview

Illustrated condensed overview of the basic contents of the die casting industry’s authoritative “Product Specification Standards for Die Castings” reference manual, as originally established in 1997.

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Designing for Servicing & Recyclability Designing for Servicing & Recyclability

Facts on the material recycling infrastructure long in place for die cast metal parts and recyclability questions designers should ask in selecting materials and manufacturing processes for “green” component design.

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Mg IMA Process Technology Award for Auto Mirror Mg IMA Process Technology Award for Auto Mirror

New Mg die cast support structure for an advanced rear view automotive mirror is now being produced in a high-pressure hot-chamber mag die casting machine with trimming operations eliminated. Employing “in-die de-gating,” two-stage ejection technology, borrowed from miniature Zn die cast production, savings include eliminating the trim die build. (Includes photos)

View the PDF: Mg IMA Process Technology Award for Auto Mirror

Converting Machined Parts to Die Casting Converting Machined Parts to Die Casting

When production runs for a machined component part increase, advanced net-shape die casting can offer substantial unit cost savings compared to part machining to specifications. Such cost reductions are being achieved for a wide variety of machined part applications in a range of alloys and part sizes. In the case of many small precision parts, the net-shape 4-slide miniature die casting process can be used to replace a brass machined part at no sacrifice in mechanical properties for significant savings at even low production volumes. This Tech Brief discusses the many advantages of machining-to-die casting conversions in addition to unit cost savings.

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Design News Engrg Survey & Key DC2 OEM Resources Design News Engrg Survey & Key DC2 OEM Resources

Two-Part Tech Brief: Part 1 outlines findings of recent Design News Study of design engineers: Salary gains, but with added duties. Part 2 presents a tailored listing of key initial resources in this DC2 Design Center for OEMs considering the die casting process, with direct download links to the described documents. Three DC2 OEM lists are presented, based on one’s design project role and process background.

View the PDF: Design News Engrg Survey & Key DC2 OEM Resources

The Market for Aluminum Alloys in North America: Trends and Challenges The Market for Aluminum Alloys in North America: Trends and Challenges

Martin Hartlieb, President of Viami International Inc., describes the industry for aluminum alloys market in North America. This article studies trends and challenges from both various international resource centers. (OEM Tech Brief, No. 50)

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10 Ways to Reduce the Costs of Die Cast Parts 10 Ways to Reduce the Costs of Die Cast Parts

6-page guide outlines 10 key cost drivers that design engineers can leverage during the product design stage to yield significant cost savings in the custom production of die cast components. These specific planning steps aid in integrating the realities of die cast manufacturing.

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1st-ever Triple Winners in NADCA Die Casting Contest 1st-ever Triple Winners in NADCA Die Casting Contest

Two Al and one Mg die casting Awards were won by CWM for a first-ever triple win for outstanding custom die castings in the annual North American Die Casting Association’s International Die Casting Competition.(Includes photos)

View the PDF: 1st-ever Triple Winners in NADCA Die Casting Contest

Al Archery Bow NADCA Die Casting Award Winner Al Archery Bow NADCA Die Casting Award Winner

The central component for a newly developed archery bow for serious young archers is a high-tech Al die casting produced to precision tolerance specifications and machined look and feel of a “hog out.” Delivered at the targeted market price, on a tightened time schedule to tie-in with promotional book and film release dates. NADCA Die Casting Award of Excellence winner. (Includes photos)

View the PDF: Al Archery Bow NADCA Die Casting Award Winner

CWM Al, Mg & Zn Die Cast Production Specs  CWM Al, Mg & Zn Die Cast Production Specs 

2-page descriptive detailed data sheet for Chicago White Metal Casting’s current high-tech production specifications, material properties, and nominal chemistry for its Al, Mg & Zn alloy capabilities.

View the PDF: CWM Al, Mg & Zn Die Cast Production Specs 

CWM Comprehensive Die Casting Capabilities Brochure CWM Comprehensive Die Casting Capabilities Brochure

16-page, full-color comprehensive brochure on Chicago White Metal Casting capabilities in the most widely specified die casting alloys— Al, Mg & Zn. From design assistance through production, post-casting machining, surface finishing, and final product assembly. Detailed overview covers the experience, advanced technologies, and ISO 9001 & 14001 registered management systems that make CWM the cost-effective choice for net- and near-net-shape die cast parts. Includes case examples.

View the PDF: CWM Comprehensive Die Casting Capabilities Brochure

Design & Specification Guide for Custom Die Castings Design & Specification Guide for Custom Die Castings

Updated and expanded 16-page reference to the major design & specification steps that drive the cost and performance of components die cast in Al, Mg, and Zn alloys. Among key design and production factors covered: Matching material properties; Die design & construction; Minimizing part porosity; Optimizing part heat transfer; Preplanning post-casting machining, if required; Dimensioning and tolerancing; Flash considerations; Prototyping; and as-cast finish guidelines.

View the PDF: Design & Specification Guide for Custom Die Castings

Die Casting Design & Production Preplanning Guide Die Casting Design & Production Preplanning Guide

Preplanning Guide to aid OEMs considering custom die cast part production and reviewing existing literature. Organizes selected industry and CWM design resources into a 7-step sequence for the planning process. The source of each die casting design and production bulletin, tech brief, guide, checklist, and reference manual is listed, with many available for Web downloading or forwarding by Email. Bulletin contains direct Web links to aid access or requests for all listed documents.

View the PDF: Die Casting Design & Production Preplanning Guide

Dirt Bike Al Hub with 35 Gear Teeth Cast to Zero Draft Dirt Bike Al Hub with 35 Gear Teeth Cast to Zero Draft

The first motocross design produced on American soil in 20 years features many rule-breaking design innovations, such as its “sweet,” solid shifting clutch, made with two high-tech Al die castings. The Al hub has 35 gear teeth cast to zero draft. The crankshaft and engine cover are AZ91D hot-chamber mag die castings, providing strength and lightweight.

View the PDF: Dirt Bike Al Hub with 35 Gear Teeth Cast to Zero Draft

High-Tech Al & Mg for Advanced Video Imaging System High-Tech Al & Mg for Advanced Video Imaging System

Designed as part of an advanced digital video processing and control system, Sony engineers specified “perfect parts” for their new professional video camera. CWM high-tech die casting was selected to produce 11 aluminum and hot-chamber magnesium housing components for the new camera. Superior as-cast surfaces were primary specifications.

View the PDF: High-Tech Al & Mg for Advanced Video Imaging System

Intricate Al Die Cast Propane Vaporizer-Regulator Intricate Al Die Cast Propane Vaporizer-Regulator

Two intricate Al die castings are the heart of a vaporizer-regulator for propane and natural gas vehicles, winning an industry award for their casting excellence. Meeting important thermal and weight specs, the two castings that make up the unit have channel walls, and the spaces between them, that measure 0.040 in. (1.016 mm) thick.

View the PDF: Intricate Al Die Cast Propane Vaporizer-Regulator

Material / Physical Properties Comparison Material / Physical Properties Comparison

This chart compares the material and physical properties for three popular die casting alloys: aluminum A380, magnesium AZ91D, Zinc #3, and ZA8. Several material properties such as tensile strength, impact, and yield strength can be compared between the three alloys. Physical properties such as density and conductivity can also be examined.

View the PDF: Material / Physical Properties Comparison

NADCA Standards: Aluminum Alloy Data NADCA Standards: Aluminum Alloy Data

Al alloy selection, machining and finishing data; chemical composition; material properties and die casting and other characteristics.

View the PDF: NADCA Standards: Aluminum Alloy Data

Product Solutions Through Die Casting Product Solutions Through Die Casting

Presentation to aid efficiency, functionality, and cost savings in the design and production of custom die castings. This narrated webinar focuses on helping effectively capitalize on today’s advanced die casting capabilities to improve performance and lower the costs of their custom components. 1 hour.

Click here to watch the Webinar

Prototyping for Die Casting in All Alloys Prototyping for Die Casting in All Alloys

Guide to developing optimum prototyping strategies for developing and testing component designs prior to final die casting die construction. Discusses prototyping alloys and processes, including new rapid prototyping technologies.

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Quick Guide to Surface Finishing for Al, Mg & Zn Parts Quick Guide to Surface Finishing for Al, Mg & Zn Parts

8-page condensed resource on evaluating finishing alternatives and optimizing component finishing decisions for Al, Mg, and Zn die cast products. Features a comparison table rating 32 surface coatings on relative cost, appearance, wear, and corrosion resistance; Presents recommended finishing for a range of typical die cast components.

View the PDF: Quick Guide to Surface Finishing for Al, Mg & Zn Parts

Rugged Al Die Cast Laser Housing Outperforms Plastic Rugged Al Die Cast Laser Housing Outperforms Plastic

A wireless remote laser unit to aid pipelaying accuracy and efficiency is claimed to be the most powerful laser device of its kind allowed by law. The new model offers an Al die cast metal housing to meet extreme, rugged field conditions, difficult for plastic housings to survive.

View the PDF: Rugged Al Die Cast Laser Housing Outperforms Plastic

Surface Finishes for Die Casting Surface Finishes for Die Casting

Presents the important factors that can affect the outcome of the final appearance of your die cast component when its surface finish is a critical issue. This narrated webinar will aid an understanding of the various finish options, and how their uses and limitations can make the difference between successful product development and costly results. 49 minutes.

Click here to watch the Webinar

Surface Finishing for Die Casting Bulletin Surface Finishing for Die Casting Bulletin

Brief overview of surface treatment systems for die cast part protection, decoration, and improving component performance, for all alloys: Al, Mg, Zn, and ZA.

View the PDF: Surface Finishing for Die Casting Bulletin

The Die Casting Process: An OEM Designer's Overview The Die Casting Process: An OEM Designer’s Overview

This overview for OEM designers and specifiers is a refresher for those OEM product design engineers, buyers, and purchasing managers already familiar with die casting; and for those new to the process, it provides a valuable framework or further pursuit.

View the PDF: The Die Casting Process: An OEM Designer’s Overview

The U.S. Aluminum Casting Industry The U.S. Aluminum Casting Industry

This white paper is a 6-page excerpt of an article that describes the current state of the United States Aluminum Casting Industry as it relates to Aluminum Die Casting. This article was written by The Folk Group. (Truncated Version)

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Redesign Delivers 40% Unit Cost Saving, 8% Less Weight, Superior Performance Redesign Delivers 40% Unit Cost Saving, 8% Less Weight, Superior Performance

This precision digital projector enclosure required high strength, rigidity, and low weight. The initial unit was produced as two magnesium Thixomold parts, assembled into one with seven bolts. CWM worked with the customer to redesign the enclosure as a single unit for Mg die casting production. The redesign resulted in a 40% final part cost reduction, a unit weight saving of 8%, and assured dimensional accuracy for improved projector focusing performance.

View the PDF: Redesign Delivers 40% Unit Cost Saving, 8% Less Weight, Superior Performance

Die Casting's Answer to Plastic: Magnesium Die Casting’s Answer to Plastic: Magnesium

This white paper gives an overview of the benefits of Magnesium Die Casting in comparison to plastic and CWM’s response to magnesium. This paper also references case studies and other valuable resources.

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Magnesium Die Casting: Solutions for Today's Markets Magnesium Die Casting: Solutions for Today’s Markets

Chicago White Metal explores magnesium die casting in this informative webinar. Reviews the unique properties of die casting with magnesium that can be employed in a new design or conversion from another process. The information presented in this webinar is for OEM product designers and engineers who want to understand how magnesium die casting can improve product performance and reduce costs. 50 minutes.

Click here to watch the Webinar

10 Ways to Reduce the Costs of Die Cast Parts 10 Ways to Reduce the Costs of Die Cast Parts

6-page guide outlines 10 key cost drivers that design engineers can leverage during the product design stage to yield significant cost savings in the custom production of die cast components. These specific planning steps aid in integrating the realities of die cast manufacturing.

View the PDF: 10 Ways to Reduce the Costs of Die Cast Parts

1st-ever Triple Winners in NADCA Die Casting Contest 1st-ever Triple Winners in NADCA Die Casting Contest

Two Al and one Mg die casting Awards were won by CWM for a first-ever triple win for outstanding custom die castings in the annual North American Die Casting Association’s International Die Casting Competition.(Includes photos)

View the PDF: 1st-ever Triple Winners in NADCA Die Casting Contest

CWM Al, Mg & Zn Die Cast Production Specs  CWM Al, Mg & Zn Die Cast Production Specs 

2-page descriptive detailed data sheet for Chicago White Metal Casting’s current high-tech production specifications, material properties, and nominal chemistry for its Al, Mg & Zn alloy capabilities.

View the PDF: CWM Al, Mg & Zn Die Cast Production Specs

CWM Comprehensive Die Casting Capabilities Brochure CWM Comprehensive Die Casting Capabilities Brochure

16-page, full-color comprehensive brochure on Chicago White Metal Casting capabilities in the most widely specified die casting alloys— Al, Mg & Zn. From design assistance through production, post-casting machining, surface finishing, and final product assembly. Detailed overview covers the experience, advanced technologies, and ISO 9001 & 14001 registered management systems that make CWM the cost-effective choice for net- and near-net-shape die cast parts. Includes case examples.

View the PDF: CWM Comprehensive Die Casting Capabilities Brochure

Design & Specification Guide for Custom Die Castings Design & Specification Guide for Custom Die Castings

Updated and expanded 16-page reference to the major design & specification steps that drive the cost and performance of components die cast in Al, Mg, and Zn alloys. Among key design and production factors covered: Matching material properties; Die design & construction; Minimizing part porosity; Optimizing part heat transfer; Preplanning post-casting machining, if required; Dimensioning and tolerancing; Flash considerations; Prototyping; and as-cast finish guidelines.

View the PDF: Design & Specification Guide for Custom Die Castings

Die Casting Design & Production Preplanning Guide Die Casting Design & Production Preplanning Guide

Preplanning Guide to aid OEMs considering custom die cast part production and reviewing existing literature. Organizes selected industry and CWM design resources into a 7-step sequence for the planning process. The source of each die casting design and production bulletin, tech brief, guide, checklist, and reference manual is listed, with many available for Web downloading or forwarding by Email. Bulletin contains direct Web links to aid access or requests for all listed documents.

View the PDF: Die Casting Design & Production Preplanning Guide

Dirt Bike Al Hub with 35 Gear Teeth Cast to Zero Draft Dirt Bike Al Hub with 35 Gear Teeth Cast to Zero Draft

The first motocross design produced on American soil in 20 years features many rule-breaking design innovations, such as its “sweet,” solid shifting clutch, made with two high-tech Al die castings. The Al hub has 35 gear teeth cast to zero draft. The crankshaft and engine cover are AZ91D hot-chamber mag die castings, providing strength and lightweight.

View the PDF: Dirt Bike Al Hub with 35 Gear Teeth Cast to Zero Draft

GPS Satellite Tracker Unit in Rugged, Lightweight Mg GPS Satellite Tracker Unit in Rugged, Lightweight Mg

Project managers for this satellite positioning system designed an Mg die cast enclosure as advanced as the new technology inside: ultra-rugged; lightweight for field use; waterproof; dustproof, with fail-safe EMI shielding.

View the PDF: GPS Satellite Tracker Unit in Rugged, Lightweight Mg

High-Tech Al & Mg for Advanced Video Imaging System High-Tech Al & Mg for Advanced Video Imaging System

Designed as part of an advanced digital video processing and control system, Sony engineers specified “perfect parts” for their new professional video camera. CWM high-tech die casting was selected to produce 11 aluminum and hot-chamber magnesium housing components for the new camera. Superior as-cast surfaces were primary specifications.

View the PDF: High-Tech Al & Mg for Advanced Video Imaging System

Key High-Tech Mg Parts for Optical Survey System Key High-Tech Mg Parts for Optical Survey System

World leader in global positioning systems selected Mg die castings for the key housing components in their new optical surveying instrument. Machined parts were rejected as cost prohibitive; plastic would not provide the required stiffness for highly accurate readings.

View the PDF: Key High-Tech Mg Parts for Optical Survey System

Magnesium EMI Shielding Characteristics Magnesium EMI Shielding Characteristics

Outlines EMI/RFI shielding requirements for electronic assemblies. Presents relationships between common measures of shielding, advantages of die castings in general, and mag die castings in particular, for electronic enclosure shielding. Prepared by Norsk Hydro Magnesium.

View the PDF: Magnesium EMI Shielding Characteristics

Material / Physical Properties Comparison Material / Physical Properties Comparison

This chart compares the material and physical properties for three popular die casting alloys: aluminum A380, magnesium AZ91D, Zinc #3, and ZA8. Several material properties such as tensile strength, impact, and yield strength can be compared between the three alloys. Physical properties such as density and conductivity can also be examined.

View the PDF: Material / Physical Properties Comparison

Medical Imager Mg Multi-function Housing Walls Medical Imager Mg Multi-function Housing Walls

Two Mg 12 x 17 in. precision die cast housing walls for an all-in-one multi-media desktop medical imager provide lightweight, multiple functions, and reduced part counts. Each high-tech hot-chamber mag die casting delivers 25 tight-toleranced features as-cast.

View the PDF: Medical Imager Mg Multi-function Housing Walls

Mg Die Cast Professional Digital Camera Case Mg Die Cast Professional Digital Camera Case

First professional digital camera in a magnesium die cast housing, jointly developed by Kodak and Nikon. Mag, selected over the usual alternative of plastic encasing a stamped metal body or an Al casting, provides ruggedness, lightweight, and the quality feel of metal.

View the PDF: Mg Die Cast Professional Digital Camera Case

Mg Die Cast Ultrasound Portable Workstation Housing Mg Die Cast Ultrasound Portable Workstation Housing

Eight precision components form the self-contained display and keypad plus probe connector unit for a new all-digital portable ultrasound system. A total component weight of 1.725 lbs. makes the unit lighter than a molded plastic design, with greater drop strength. Winner of a “Design Award of Excellence” from the International Magnesium Assn.

View the PDF: Mg Die Cast Ultrasound Portable Workstation Housing

Mg IMA Process Technology Award for Auto Mirror Mg IMA Process Technology Award for Auto Mirror

New Mg die cast support structure for an advanced rear view automotive mirror is now being produced in a high-pressure hot-chamber mag die casting machine with trimming operations eliminated. Employing “in-die de-gating,” two-stage ejection technology, borrowed from miniature Zn die cast production, savings include eliminating the trim die build. (Includes photos)

View the PDF: Mg IMA Process Technology Award for Auto Mirror

NADCA Standards: Magnesium Alloy Data NADCA Standards: Magnesium Alloy Data

Mg alloy selection, machining and finishing data; chemical composition; material properties and die casting and other characteristics.

View the PDF: NADCA Standards: Magnesium Alloy Data

NADCA: Comparison of Mag Die Casting & Plastic Parts NADCA: Comparison of Mag Die Casting & Plastic Parts

NADCA updated comparison reviews die cast and plastic parts on material availability and recycling, material properties, design tolerances, and material costs. Examines the fact that plastic materials that offer higher strength than mag alloys have material costs that are at least four times greater than magnesium.

View the PDF: NADCA: Comparison of Mag Die Casting & Plastic Parts

Only Mg Met Strength-Weight Specs for Voice/Data Unit Only Mg Met Strength-Weight Specs for Voice/Data Unit

Ruggedness, impact strength, and lightweight were key requirements for this handheld field unit for on-site analysis of voice and data. Specifications were met by this hot-chamber Mg die casting housing, which survives 4-foot drop tests to concrete.

View the PDF: Only Mg Met Strength-Weight Specs for Voice/Data Unit

Portable Die Cast Mg Case with Elastomer Overmolding Portable Die Cast Mg Case with Elastomer Overmolding

Handheld fiber optic cable analyzer introduced in a high-tech magnesium die cast housing with elastomer overmolding. Innovative case, claimed to be the first overmolding of a complex die casting, offers improved performance over plastic at a 20% saving.

View the PDF: Portable Die Cast Mg Case with Elastomer Overmolding

Product Solutions Through Die Casting Product Solutions Through Die Casting

Presentation to aid efficiency, functionality, and cost savings in the design and production of custom die castings. This narrated webinar focuses on helping effectively capitalize on today’s advanced die casting capabilities to improve performance and lower the costs of their custom components. 1 hour.

Click here to watch the Webinar

Prototyping for Die Casting in All Alloys Prototyping for Die Casting in All Alloys

Guide to developing optimum prototyping strategies for developing and testing component designs prior to final die casting die construction. Discusses prototyping alloys and processes, including new rapid prototyping technologies.

View the PDF: Prototyping for Die Casting in All Alloys

Quick Guide to Surface Finishing for Al, Mg & Zn Parts Quick Guide to Surface Finishing for Al, Mg & Zn Parts

8-page condensed resource on evaluating finishing alternatives and optimizing component finishing decisions for Al, Mg, and Zn die cast products. Features a comparison table rating 32 surface coatings on relative cost, appearance, wear and corrosion resistance; Presents recommended finishing for a range of typical die cast components.

View the PDF: Quick Guide to Surface Finishing for Al, Mg & Zn Parts

Rugged Mg Spotting Scope Die Casting Award Rugged Mg Spotting Scope Die Casting Award

This advanced spotting scope, offering the sharpest, brightest viewing at distances greater than possible with premium binoculars, has impressive housing specifications: lightweight portability, absolute ruggedness, 100% waterproof construction— it is nitrogen filled and guaranteed for life. Its central housing is produced as a hot-chamber magnesium high-precision die casting, weighing just 8.0 oz. (226.8 gm) with thin-wall sections as narrow as 0.039 in. (1.0 mm).

View the PDF: Rugged Mg Spotting Scope Die Casting Award

Still Believe These Five Magnesium Myths? Still Believe These Five Magnesium Myths?

A 2-page technical paper. It offers the facts to five ‘known’ misconceptions about magnesium die casting. It also discusses the unique properties that can be gained from die casting with magnesium.

View the PDF: Still Believe These Five Magnesium Myths?

Surface Finishes for Die Casting Surface Finishes for Die Casting

Presents the important factors that can affect the outcome of the final appearance of your die cast component when its surface finish is a critical issue. This narrated webinar will aid an understanding of the various finish options, and how their uses and limitations can make the difference between successful product development and costly results. 49 minutes.

Click here to watch the Webinar

Surface Finishing for Die Casting Bulletin Surface Finishing for Die Casting Bulletin

Brief overview of surface treatment systems for die cast part protection, decoration, and improving component performance, for all alloys: Al, Mg, Zn, and ZA.

View the PDF: Surface Finishing for Die Casting Bulletin

The Die Casting Process: An OEM Designer's Overview The Die Casting Process: An OEM Designer’s Overview

This overview for OEM designers and specifiers is a refresher for those OEM product design engineers, buyers, and purchasing managers already familiar with die casting; and for those new to the process, it provides a valuable framework or further pursuit.

View the PDF: The Die Casting Process: An OEM Designer’s Overview

The Plastic vs Die Casting Process Decision The Plastic vs Die Casting Process Decision

If a structural component requires stiffness and extra strength, a proposed plastic part is usually a good candidate for production as a lightweight magnesium die casting. If EMI shielding and green recyclability are a concern, die cast Mg can be a hands-down choice

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The Die Casting Process: An OEM Designer's Overview The Die Casting Process: An OEM Designer’s Overview

This overview for OEM designers and specifiers is a refresher for those OEM product design engineers, buyers, and purchasing managers already familiar with die casting. For those new to the process, it provides a valuable framework or further pursuit.

View the PDF: The Die Casting Process: An OEM Designer’s Overview

The Miniature Zinc Die Casting Advantage The Miniature Zinc Die Casting Advantage

Presents the facts on why multi-slide, miniature zinc die casting is the preferred choice for small precision components. It enables product designers to learn how this specialized die casting process can substantially reduce component costs and provide optimal precision to a new project design or a conversion from an existing process.

Click here to watch the Webinar

10 Ways to Reduce the Costs of Die Cast Parts 10 Ways to Reduce the Costs of Die Cast Parts

6-page guide outlines ten key cost drivers that design engineers can leverage during the product design stage to yield significant cost savings in the custom production of die cast components. These specific planning steps aid in integrating the realities of die cast manufacturing.

View the PDF: 10 Ways to Reduce the Costs of Die Cast Parts

CWM Al, Mg & Zn Die Cast Production Specs CWM Al, Mg & Zn Die Cast Production Specs 

2-page descriptive detailed data sheet for Chicago White Metal Casting’s current high-tech production specifications, material properties, and nominal chemistry for its Al, Mg & Zn alloy capabilities.

View the PDF: CWM Al, Mg & Zn Die Cast Production Specs 

CWM Miniature Die Casting Capabilities Profile, Specifications, Alloy Data CWM Miniature Die Casting Capabilities Profile, Specifications, Alloy Data

Overview of Chicago White Metal Casting miniature 4-slide Zn 3, 5 & ZA-8 die cast part capabilities, with CWM specifications, alloy characteristics. CWM specializes in delivering miniature parts with any required post-casting finishing, ready for further assembly, including precision machining when net-shapes are not possible.

View the PDF: CWM Miniature Die Casting Capabilities Profile, Specifications, Alloy Data

Design & Specification Guide for Custom Die Castings Design & Specification Guide for Custom Die Castings

Updated and expanded 16-page reference to the initial design & specification steps that drive the cost and performance of components die cast in Al, Mg, and Zn alloys. Among essential design and production factors covered: Matching material properties; Die design & construction; Minimizing part porosity; Optimizing part heat transfer; Preplanning post-casting machining, if required; Dimensioning and tolerancing; Flash considerations; Prototyping; and as-cast finish guidelines.

View the PDF: Design & Specification Guide for Custom Die Castings

Die Cast Zn for Key Computer Structural Component Die Cast Zn for Key Computer Structural Component

Computer workstations from Silicon Graphics incorporated a zinc die cast rear cap frame, which combined important structural function with superior cosmetic appearance. The Zn die cast component, selected for its excellent strength, rigidity, EMI shielding characteristics, and part consolidation potential, was the first use by the company of a die casting in one of their workstation computers.

View the PDF: Die Cast Zn for Key Computer Structural Component

Replacement for Machined Brass at a 500% Savings Replacement for Machined Brass at a 500% Savings

A value analysis of alternate production efficiencies for a low-volume CNC machined brass small component for a medical device resulted in a miniature zinc net-shape die cast replacement at a 500% unit cost saving.

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NADCA Design Manual: Intro & Content NADCA Design Manual: Intro & Content

Detailed overview of the contents of the 176-page Product Design for Die Casting manual on optimizing designs for die casting.

View the PDF: NADCA Design Manual: Intro & Content

Material / Physical Properties Comparison Material / Physical Properties Comparison

This chart compares the material, and physical properties for three popular die casting alloys: aluminum A380, magnesium AZ91D, Zinc #3, and ZA8. Several material properties such as tensile strength, impact, and yield strength can be compared between the three alloys. Physical properties, such as density and conductivity, can also be examined.

View the PDF: Material / Physical Properties Comparison

NADCA Standards: Zinc & ZA Alloy Data NADCA Standards: Zinc & ZA Alloy Data

Updated Zn and ZA alloy selection, machining and finishing data; chemical composition; material properties and die casting and other characteristics.

View the PDF: NADCA Standards: Zinc & ZA Alloy Data

Primer on Miniature Zinc & ZA-8 Die Casting Primer on Miniature Zinc & ZA-8 Die Casting

Condensed overview for OEM product designers and engineers on Miniature Zinc & ZA-8 custom die casting for the cost-effective production of small, complex structural components.

View the PDF: Primer on Miniature Zinc & ZA-8 Die Casting

Prototyping for Die Casting in All Alloys Prototyping for Die Casting in All Alloys

Guide to developing optimum prototyping strategies for developing and testing component designs before final die casting die construction. This guide discusses prototyping alloys and processes, including new rapid prototyping technologies.

View the PDF: Prototyping for Die Casting in All Alloys

Quick Guide to Surface Finishing for Al, Mg & Zn Parts Quick Guide to Surface Finishing for Al, Mg & Zn Parts

8-page condensed resource on evaluating finishing alternatives and optimizing component finishing decisions for Al, Mg, and Zn die cast products. Features a comparison table rating 32 surface coatings on relative cost, appearance, wear, and corrosion resistance; Presents recommended finishing for a range of typical die cast components.

View the PDF: Quick Guide to Surface Finishing for Al, Mg & Zn Parts

Surface Finishing for Die Casting Bulletin Surface Finishing for Die Casting Bulletin

Brief overview of surface treatment systems for die cast part protection, decoration, and improving component performance, for all alloys: Al, Mg, Zn, and ZA.

View the PDF: Surface Finishing for Die Casting Bulletin

Product Solutions Through Die Casting Product Solutions Through Die Casting

Presentation to aid efficiency, functionality, and cost savings in the design and production of custom die castings. This narrated Webinar focuses on helping effectively capitalize on today’s advanced die casting capabilities to improve performance and lower the costs of their custom components. 1 hour.

Click here to watch the Webinar

Surface Finishes for Die Casting Surface Finishes for Die Casting

Presents the important factors that can affect the outcome of the final appearance of your die cast component when its surface finish is a critical issue. This narrated Webinar will aid an understanding of the various finish options and how their uses and limitations can make the difference between successful product development and costly results. 49 minutes.

Click here to watch the Webinar

Converting Machined Parts to Die Casting Converting Machined Parts to Die Casting

When production runs for a machined part increase, advanced net-shape die casting can offer substantial unit cost savings compared to part machining to specifications. Such cost reductions are being achieved for a wide variety of machined part applications in a range of alloys and part sizes. In the case of many small precision parts, the net-shape 4-slide miniature die casting process can be used to replace a brass machined part at no sacrifice in mechanical properties for significant savings at even low production volumes. This Tech Brief discusses the many advantages of machining-to-die casting conversions in addition to unit cost savings.

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Primer on Miniature Zinc & ZA-8 Die Casting Primer on Miniature Zinc & ZA-8 Die Casting

Condensed overview for OEM product designers and engineers on Miniature Zinc & ZA-8 custom die casting for the cost-effective production of small, complex structural components.

View the PDF: Primer on Miniature Zinc & ZA-8 Die Casting

The Miniature Zinc Die Casting Advantage The Miniature Zinc Die Casting Advantage

Presents the facts on why multi-slide, miniature zinc die casting is the preferred choice for small precision components. It enables product designers to learn how this specialized die casting process can substantially reduce component costs and provide optimal precision to a new project design or a conversion from an existing process.

Click here to watch the Webinar

CWM Miniature Die Casting Capabilities Profile, Specifications, Alloy Data CWM Miniature Die Casting Capabilities Profile, Specifications, Alloy Data

Overview of Chicago White Metal Casting miniature 4-slide Zn 3, 5 & ZA-8 die cast part capabilities, with CWM specifications, alloy characteristics. CWM specializes in delivering miniature parts with any required post-casting finishing, ready for further assembly, including precision machining when net-shapes are not possible.

View the PDF: CWM Miniature Die Casting Capabilities Profile, Specifications, Alloy Data

Replacement for Machined Brass at a 500% Savings Replacement for Machined Brass at a 500% Savings

A value analysis of alternate production efficiencies for a low-volume CNC machined brass small component for a medical device resulted in a miniature zinc net-shape die cast replacement at a 500% unit cost saving.

View the PDF: Replacement for Machined Brass at a 500% Savings

CWM Miniature Die Casting Capabilities Profile, Specifications, Alloy Data CWM Miniature Die Casting Capabilities Profile, Specifications, Alloy Data

Overview of Chicago White Metal Casting miniature 4-slide Zn 3, 5 & ZA-8 die cast part capabilities, with CWM specifications, alloy characteristics. CWM specializes in delivering miniature parts with any required post-casting finishing, ready for further assembly, including precision machining when net-shapes are not possible.

View the PDF: CWM Miniature Die Casting Capabilities Profile, Specifications, Alloy Data

Design of a Bracket for Die Casting Production Design of a Bracket for Die Casting Production

An exercise in a step-by-step redesigning a part from a welded steel assembly to a die casting, applying recommended engineering principles, and the 1999 NADCA Product Standards for optimum die casting results.

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Material / Physical Properties Comparison Material / Physical Properties Comparison

This chart compares the material, and physical properties for three popular die casting alloys: aluminum A380, magnesium AZ91D, Zinc #3, and ZA8. Several material properties such as tensile strength, impact, and yield strength can be compared between the three alloys. Physical properties, such as density and conductivity, can also be examined.

View the PDF: Material / Physical Properties Comparison

NADCA Commercial Practices for Die Casting Buyers NADCA Commercial Practices for Die Casting Buyers

This is a comprehensive resource on accepted contractual purchasing practices for purchasing die casting and related services based on established industry trade customs and prepared by the North American Die Casting Assn. It contains guidelines for developing proposals and contracts plus helpful checklists for printout on Tooling, Production and Finishing Specifications. Covers defining quality requirements; die casting die and production tooling; transferred dies; die cast production part orders; purchased components; price adjustments; patent obligations; die casting warranties and product liability.

View the PDF: NADCA Commercial Practices for Die Casting Buyers

NADCA Standards: Aluminum Alloy Data NADCA Standards: Aluminum Alloy Data

Al alloy selection, machining and finishing data; chemical composition; material properties and die casting and other characteristics.

View the PDF: NADCA Standards: Aluminum Alloy Data

NADCA Standards: Magnesium Alloy Data NADCA Standards: Magnesium Alloy Data

Mg alloy selection, machining and finishing data; chemical composition; material properties and die casting and other characteristics.

View the PDF: NADCA Standards: Magnesium Alloy Data

NADCA Standards: Magnesium Alloy Data NADCA Standards: Zinc & ZA Alloy Data

Updated Zn and ZA alloy selection, machining and finishing data; chemical composition; material properties and die casting and other characteristics.

View the PDF: NADCA Standards: Zinc & ZA Alloy Data

NADCA: Coordinate vs. Geometric Dimensioning Intro

Presentation of “Standard” and “Precision” tolerances as outlined in the latest NADCA Product Standards Manual, plus outline of Coordinate Dimensioning vs. the advantages of the GD&T framework for specifying die cast parts.

View the PDF: NADCA: Coordinate vs. Geometric Dimensioning Intro

NADCA: Die Cast Production & Finishing Checklists NADCA: Die Cast Production & Finishing Checklists

Key factors in specifying the production and surface finishing of die cast parts, based on NADCA Product Standards Manual guidelines. Helps assure more transparent communication between OEM purchaser and die caster. (2015)

View the PDF: NADCA: Die Cast Production & Finishing Checklists

NADCA: Product Standards Manual Overview NADCA: Product Standards Manual Overview

Illustrated condensed overview of the essential contents of the die casting industry’s authoritative “Product Specification Standards for Die Castings” reference manual, as initially established in 1997.

View the PDF: NADCA: Product Standards Manual Overview

NADCA: Tooling Checklists for Die Casting Dies NADCA: Tooling Checklists for Die Casting Dies

Aid to understanding die caster tooling requirements for optimum part production: Updated checklists for both new dies, and existing die casting dies to be transferred, based on NADCA Product Standards Manual guidelines.

View the PDF:NADCA: Tooling Checklists for Die Casting Dies

NADCA-ADCI Standards Cross-Reference Chart NADCA-ADCI Standards Cross-Reference Chart

Cross-reference chart for former superseded American Die Casting Institute (ADCI) and superseded North American Die Casting Assn. #401 (NADCA) Product Standards and current NADCA Product Standards. (2015)

View the PDF: NADCA-ADCI Standards Cross-Reference Chart

Die Casting Design & Production Preplanning Guide Die Casting Design & Production Preplanning Guide

Preplanning Guide to aid OEMs considering custom die cast part production and reviewing existing literature. Organizes selected industry and CWM design resources into a 7-step sequence for the planning process. The source of each die casting design and production bulletin, tech brief, guide, checklist, and reference manual is listed, with many available for Web downloading or forwarding by Email. Bulletin contains direct Web links to aid access or requests for all recorded documents.

View the PDF: Die Casting Design & Production Preplanning Guide

CWM Comprehensive Die Casting Capabilities Brochure CWM Comprehensive Die Casting Capabilities Brochure

16-page, full-color comprehensive brochure on Chicago White Metal Casting capabilities in the most widely specified die casting alloys— Al, Mg & Zn. From design assistance through production, post-casting machining, surface finishing, and final product assembly. Detailed overview covers the experience, advanced technologies, and ISO 9001 & 14001 registered management systems that make CWM the cost-effective choice for net- and near-net-shape die cast parts. Includes case examples.

View the PDF: CWM Comprehensive Die Casting Capabilities Brochure

CWM Al, Mg & Zn Die Cast Production Specs CWM Al, Mg & Zn Die Cast Production Specs 

2-page descriptive detailed data sheet for Chicago White Metal Casting’s current high-tech production specifications, material properties, and nominal chemistry for its Al, Mg & Zn alloy capabilities.

View the PDF: CWM Al, Mg & Zn Die Cast Production Specs 

How Magmasoft Process Simulation Lowers Costs How Magmasoft Process Simulation Lowers Costs

Describes how the use of this advanced in-house software technology, with simulated 3D computer metal-flow animations, can help assure 1st-shot success and die cast production repeatability. The benefits of further economical tooling design modifications can be revealed before tooling construction.

View the PDF: How Magmasoft Process Simulation Lowers Costs

NADCA Collaborative Engineering White Paper NADCA Collaborative Engineering White Paper

In-depth White Paper from the North American Die Casting Assn. details of how collaborative engineering between OEM engineers and custom die caster engineering can improve production efficiencies and reduce part costs. Discusses cost-saving opportunities for existing parts at tooling replacement or required product design revisions, as well as for clean sheet designs.

View the PDF: NADCA Collaborative Engineering White Paper

NADCA Commercial Practices for Die Casting Buyers NADCA Commercial Practices for Die Casting Buyers

Comprehensive resource on accepted contractual purchasing practices for purchasing die casting and related services based on established industry trade customs. Prepared by the North American Die Casting Assn. It contains guidelines for developing proposals and contracts plus helpful checklists for printout on Tooling, Production and Finishing Specifications. Covers defining quality requirements; die casting die and production tooling; transferred dies; die cast production part orders; purchased components; price adjustments; patent obligations; die casting warranties and product liability.

View the PDF: NADCA Commercial Practices for Die Casting Buyers

NADCA: Tooling Checklists for Die Casting Dies NADCA: Tooling Checklists for Die Casting Dies

Aid to understanding die caster tooling requirements for optimum part production: Updated checklists for both new dies, and existing die casting dies to be transferred, based on NADCA Product Standards Manual guidelines.

View the PDF: NADCA: Tooling Checklists for Die Casting Dies

Machining to Die Casting: A Guide to Conversion Machining to Die Casting: A Guide to Conversion

For users of machined parts looking for opportunities to reduce part costs while improving existing designs, with lower environmental impacts. Narrated webinar covers die cast conversion benefits and when such conversions are and are not advantageous. Tips on how best to make the transfer to an optimized die cast part. Covers conversion design considerations, alloys, and surface finishes— with case studies. 30 minutes.

Click here to watch the Webinar

Product Solutions Through Die Casting Product Solutions Through Die Casting

Presentation to aid efficiency, functionality, and cost savings in the design and production of custom die castings. This narrated Webinar focuses on helping effectively capitalize on today’s advanced die casting capabilities to improve performance and lower the costs of their custom components. 1 hour.

Click here to watch the Webinar

The Die Casting Process: An OEM Designer's Overview The Die Casting Process: An OEM Designer’s Overview

This overview for OEM designers and specifiers is a refresher for those OEM product design engineers, buyers, and purchasing managers already familiar with die casting. For those new to the process, it provides a valuable framework or further pursuit.

View the PDF: The Die Casting Process: An OEM Designer’s Overview

The Miniature Zinc Die Casting Advantage The Miniature Zinc Die Casting Advantage

Presents the facts on why multi-slide, miniature zinc die casting is the preferred choice for small precision components. It enables product designers to learn how this specialized die casting process can substantially reduce component costs and provide optimal precision to a new project design or a conversion from an existing process.

Click here to watch the Webinar

10 Ways to Reduce the Costs of Die Cast Parts 10 Ways to Reduce the Costs of Die Cast Parts

6-page guide outlines ten key cost drivers that design engineers can leverage during the product design stage to yield significant cost savings in the custom production of die cast components. These specific planning steps aid in integrating the realities of die cast manufacturing.

View the PDF: 10 Ways to Reduce the Costs of Die Cast Parts

Die Cast Heat Sink Can Be a Cost-Effective OEM Choice Die Cast Heat Sink Can Be a Cost-Effective OEM Choice

Presents data on heat sink materials comparisons and the strengths and weaknesses of heat sinks produced as stampings, extrusions, and die castings. Of particular interest to designers less familiar with integral incorporation of heat sinks into a housing design or the potential of custom die cast sink designs.

View the PDF: Die Cast Heat Sink Can Be a Cost-Effective OEM Choice

NADCA Collaborative Engineering White Paper NADCA Collaborative Engineering White Paper

This in-depth White Paper from the North American Die Casting Assn. details of how collaborative engineering between OEM engineers and custom die caster engineering can result in improved production efficiencies and reduced part costs. The case study method is used to discuss cost-saving opportunities for existing parts at the point of tooling replacement or required product design revisions, as well as for clean sheet designs.

View the PDF: NADCA Collaborative Engineering White Paper

Design & Specification Guide for Custom Die Castings Design & Specification Guide for Custom Die Castings

Updated and expanded 16-page reference to the superior design & specification steps that drive the cost and performance of components die cast in Al, Mg, and Zn alloys. Among essential design and production factors covered: Matching material properties; Die design & construction; Minimizing part porosity; Optimizing part heat transfer; Preplanning post-casting machining, if required; Dimensioning and tolerancing; Flash considerations; Prototyping; and as-cast finish guidelines.

View the PDF: Design & Specification Guide for Custom Die Castings

NADCA: Tooling for Die Casting NADCA: Tooling for Die Casting

Learn more about the Die Cast Die with this document, taken from the NADCA Standards Book (2015).

View the PDF: NADCA: Tooling for Die Casting

Machining to Die Casting: A Guide to Conversion Machining to Die Casting: A Guide to Conversion

For users of machined parts looking for opportunities to reduce part costs while improving existing designs, with lower environmental impacts. Narrated webinar covers die cast conversion benefits and when such conversions are and are not advantageous. Tips on how best to make the transfer to an optimized die cast part. Covers conversion design considerations, alloys, and surface finishes— with case studies. 30 minutes.

Click here to watch the Webinar

The Die Casting Process: An OEM Designer's Overview The Die Casting Process: An OEM Designer’s Overview

This overview for OEM designers and specifiers is a refresher for those OEM product design engineers, buyers, and purchasing managers already familiar with die casting. For those new to the process, it provides a valuable framework or further pursuit.

View the PDF: The Die Casting Process: An OEM Designer’s Overview

10 Ways to Reduce the Costs of Die Cast Parts 10 Ways to Reduce the Costs of Die Cast Parts

6-page guide outlines ten key cost drivers that design engineers can leverage during the product design stage to yield significant cost savings in the custom production of die cast components. These specific planning steps aid in integrating the realities of die cast manufacturing.

View the PDF: 10 Ways to Reduce the Costs of Die Cast Parts

Overview of CWM Die Casting & Production Capabilities Overview of CWM Die Casting & Production Capabilities

4-page condensed overview of Chicago White Metal Casting capabilities in Al, Mg, and Zn from front-end assistance, prototyping to part finishing, and assembly. Summarizes CWM’s experience, advanced technologies, and ISO 9001 & 14001 registered management systems.

View the PDF: Overview of CWM Die Casting & Production Capabilities

CWM Comprehensive Die Casting Capabilities Brochure CWM Comprehensive Die Casting Capabilities Brochure

16-page, full-color comprehensive brochure on Chicago White Metal Casting capabilities in the most widely specified die casting alloys— Al, Mg & Zn. From design assistance through production, post-casting machining, surface finishing, and final product assembly. Detailed overview covers the experience, advanced technologies, and ISO 9001 & 14001 registered management systems that make CWM the cost-effective choice for net- and near-net-shape die cast parts. Includes case examples.

View the PDF: CWM Comprehensive Die Casting Capabilities Brochure

CWM Al, Mg & Zn Die Cast Production Specs CWM Al, Mg & Zn Die Cast Production Specs 

2-page descriptive detailed data sheet for Chicago White Metal Casting’s current high-tech production specifications, material properties, and nominal chemistry for its Al, Mg & Zn alloy capabilities.

View the PDF: CWM Al, Mg & Zn Die Cast Production Specs 

CWM CNC Machining Capabilities Brochure CWM CNC Machining Capabilities Brochure

8-page, full-color brochure on CNC capabilities for machined prototypes in all metals, as well as plastics, for form, fit and functional testing; post-casting CNC machining; and low- to high-volume CNC part production, including screw machining.

View the PDF: CWM CNC Machining Capabilities Brochure

NADCA Collaborative Engineering White Paper NADCA Collaborative Engineering White Paper

This in-depth White Paper from the North American Die Casting Assn. details of how collaborative engineering between OEM engineers and custom die caster engineering can result in improved production efficiencies and reduced part costs. The case study method is used to discuss cost-saving opportunities for existing parts at the point of tooling replacement or required product design revisions, as well as for clean sheet designs.

View the PDF: NADCA Collaborative Engineering White Paper

Design & Specification Guide for Custom Die Castings Design & Specification Guide for Custom Die Castings

Updated and expanded 16-page reference to the superior design & specification steps that drive the cost and performance of components die cast in Al, Mg, and Zn alloys. Among essential design and production factors covered: Matching material properties; Die design & construction; Minimizing part porosity; Optimizing part heat transfer; Preplanning post-casting machining, if required; Dimensioning and tolerancing; Flash considerations; Prototyping; and as-cast finish guidelines.

View the PDF: Design & Specification Guide for Custom Die Castings

Key High-Tech Mg Parts for Optical Survey System Key High-Tech Mg Parts for Optical Survey System

World leader in global positioning systems selected Mg die castings for the key housing components in their new optical surveying instrument. Machined parts were rejected as cost prohibitive; plastic would not provide the required stiffness for highly accurate readings.

View the PDF: Key High-Tech Mg Parts for Optical Survey System

Replacement for Machined Brass at a 500% Savings Replacement for Machined Brass at a 500% Savings

A value analysis of alternate production efficiencies for a low-volume CNC machined brass small component for a medical device resulted in a miniature zinc net-shape die cast replacement at a 500% unit cost saving.

View the PDF: Replacement for Machined Brass at a 500% Savings

NADCA Standards: Aluminum Alloy Data NADCA Standards: Aluminum Alloy Data

Al alloy selection, machining and finishing data; chemical composition; material properties and die casting and other characteristics.

View the PDF: NADCA Standards: Aluminum Alloy Data

NADCA Standards: Magnesium Alloy Data NADCA Standards: Magnesium Alloy Data

Mg alloy selection, machining and finishing data; chemical composition; material properties and die casting and other characteristics.

View the PDF: NADCA Standards: Magnesium Alloy Data

NADCA Standards: Zinc & ZA Alloy Data NADCA Standards: Zinc & ZA Alloy Data

Updated Zn and ZA alloy selection, machining and finishing data; chemical composition; material properties and die casting and other characteristics.

View the PDF: NADCA Standards: Zinc & ZA Alloy Data

Leveraging DFM Prior to Design Commitment Leveraging DFM Before Design Commitment

This presentation will aid OEM product designers, engineers, and specifiers with valuable, practical guidelines for assuring sound design-for-manufacturing decisions before freezing their designs destined for die casting production.

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The Die Casting Process: An OEM Designer's Overview The Die Casting Process: An OEM Designer’s Overview

This overview for OEM designers and specifiers is a refresher for those OEM product design engineers, buyers and purchasing managers already familiar with die casting; and for those new to the process, it provides a valuable framework or further pursuit.

View the PDF: The Die Casting Process: An OEM Designer’s Overview

The Miniature Zinc Die Casting Advantage The Miniature Zinc Die Casting Advantage

Presents the facts on why multi-slide, miniature zinc die casting is the preferred choice for small precision components. It enables product designers to learn how this specialized die casting process can substantially reduce component costs and provide optimal precision to a new project design or a conversion from an existing process.

Click here to watch the Webinar

10 Ways to Reduce the Costs of Die Cast Parts 10 Ways to Reduce the Costs of Die Cast Parts

6-page guide outlines 10 key cost drivers that design engineers can leverage during the product design stage to yield significant cost savings in the custom production of die cast components. These specific planning steps aid in integrating the realities of die cast manufacturing.

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Overview of CWM Die Casting & Production Capabilities Overview of CWM Die Casting & Production Capabilities

4-page condensed overview of Chicago White Metal Casting capabilities in Al, Mg, and Zn from front-end assistance, prototyping to part finishing, and assembly. Summarizes CWM’s experience, advanced technologies, and ISO 9001 & 14001 registered management systems.

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EPA-Compliant Chromate for Al, Mg & Zn Parts EPA-Compliant Chromate for Al, Mg & Zn Parts

Latest information on Trivalent chromium which is now a proven alternative to hexavalent chromium coatings and meets new U.S. and European Union environmental mandates. Economical, with a cosmetically pleasing finish, it offers high corrosion resistance for CWM Al, Mg & Zn die castings.

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CWM Al, Mg & Zn Die Cast Production Specs  CWM Al, Mg & Zn Die Cast Production Specs 

2-page descriptive detailed data sheet for Chicago White Metal Casting’s current high-tech production specifications, material properties, and nominal chemistry for its Al, Mg & Zn alloy capabilities.

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NADCA Commercial Practices for Die Casting Buyers NADCA Commercial Practices for Die Casting Buyers

Comprehensive resource on accepted contractual purchasing practices for purchasing die casting and related services based on established industry trade customs. Prepared by the North American Die Casting Assn. It contains guidelines for developing proposals and contracts plus helpful checklists for printout on Tooling, Production and Finishing Specifications. Covers defining quality requirements; die casting die and production tooling; transferred dies; die cast production part orders; purchased components; price adjustments; patent obligations; die casting warranties and product liability.

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Design & Specification Guide for Custom Die Castings Design & Specification Guide for Custom Die Castings

Updated and expanded 16-page reference to the major design & specification steps that drive the cost and performance of components die cast in Al, Mg and Zn alloys. Among key design and production factors covered: Matching material properties; Die design & construction; Minimizing part porosity; Optimizing part heat transfer; Preplanning post-casting machining, if required; Dimensioning and tolerancing; Flash considerations; Prototyping; and as-cast finish guidelines.

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NADCA Standards: Aluminum Alloy Data NADCA Standards: Aluminum Alloy Data

Al alloy selection, machining and finishing data; chemical composition; material properties and die casting and other characteristics.

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Al Archery Bow NADCA Die Casting Award Winner Al Archery Bow NADCA Die Casting Award Winner

The central component for a newly developed archery bow for serious young archers is a high-tech Al die casting produced to precision tolerance specifications and machined look and feel of a “hog out.” Delivered at the targeted market price, on tightened time schedule to tie-in with promotional book and film release dates. NADCA Die Casting Award of Excellence winner. (Includes photos)

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NADCA Standards: Magnesium Alloy Data NADCA Standards: Magnesium Alloy Data

Mg alloy selection, machining and finishing data; chemical composition; material properties and die casting and other characteristics.

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Die Cast Zn for Key Computer Structural Component Die Cast Zn for Key Computer Structural Component

Computer workstations from Silicon Graphics incorporated a zinc die cast rear cap frame, which combined important structural function with superior cosmetic appearance. The Zn die cast component, selected for its excellent strength, rigidity, EMI shielding characteristics, and part consolidation potential, was the first use by the company of a die casting in one of their workstation computers.

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NADCA Standards: Zinc & ZA Alloy Data NADCA Standards: Zinc & ZA Alloy Data

Updated Zn and ZA alloy selection, machining and finishing data; chemical composition; material properties and die casting and other characteristics.

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NADCA: Die Cast Production & Finishing Checklists NADCA: Die Cast Production & Finishing Checklists

Key factors in specifying the production and surface finishing of die cast parts, based on NADCA Product Standards Manual guidelines. Helps assure clearer communication between OEM purchaser and die caster. (2015)

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Preliminary Guide to Overmolding of Die Cast Parts Preliminary Guide to Overmolding of Die Cast Parts

Overmolding of a die cast enclosure allows product advantages beyond the soft-touch characteristics of elastomers. Tech Brief outlines design considerations that should be addressed by the design engineer planning a marriage of die casting and elastomer overmolding.

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Quick Guide to Surface Finishing for Al, Mg & Zn Parts Quick Guide to Surface Finishing for Al, Mg & Zn Parts

8-page condensed resource on evaluating finishing alternatives and optimizing component finishing decisions for Al, Mg, and Zn die cast products. Features a comparison table rating 32 surface coatings on relative cost, appearance, wear, and corrosion resistance; Presents recommended finishing for a range of typical die cast components.

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Surface Finishing for Die Casting Bulletin Surface Finishing for Die Casting Bulletin

Brief overview of surface treatment systems for die cast part protection, decoration, and improving component performance, for all alloys: Al, Mg, Zn, and ZA.

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Tutorial: Electronic Enclosure Design for Die Casting Tutorial: Electronic Enclosure Design for Die Casting

Step-by-step tutorial for a typical electronic enclosure design optimized for die casting takes the product designer through die casting design decisions applying recommended engineering principles appropriate to a range of similar design projects. Published by NADCA.

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Leveraging DFM Prior to Design Commitment Leveraging DFM Prior to Design Commitment

This presentation will aid OEM product designers, engineers, and specifiers with valuable, practical guidelines for assuring sound design-for-manufacturing decisions prior to freezing their designs destined for die casting production.

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Surface Finishes for Die Casting Surface Finishes for Die Casting

Presents the important factors that can affect the outcome of the final appearance of your die cast component when its surface finish is a critical issue. This narrated webinar will aid an understanding of the various finish options, and how their uses and limitations can make the difference between successful product development and costly results. 49 minutes.

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10 Ways to Reduce the Costs of Die Cast Parts 10 Ways to Reduce the Costs of Die Cast Parts

6-page guide outlines 10 key cost drivers that design engineers can leverage during the product design stage to yield significant cost savings in the custom production of die cast components. These specific planning steps aid in integrating the realities of die cast manufacturing.

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Mg IMA Process Technology Award for Auto Mirror Mg IMA Process Technology Award for Auto Mirror

New Mg die cast support structure for an advanced rear view automotive mirror is now being produced in a high-pressure hot-chamber mag die casting machine with trimming operations eliminated. Employing “in-die de-gating,” two-stage ejection technology, borrowed from miniature Zn die cast production, savings include eliminating the trim die build. (Includes photos)

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Die Cast Heat Sink Can Be a Cost-Effective OEM Choice Die Cast Heat Sink Can Be a Cost-Effective OEM Choice

Presents data on heat sink materials comparisons and the strengths and weaknesses of heat sinks produced as stampings, extrusions, and die castings. Of special interest to designers less familiar with integral incorporation of heat sinks into a housing design or the potential of custom die cast sink designs

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Only Mg Met Strength-Weight Specs for Voice/Data Unit Only Mg Met Strength-Weight Specs for Voice/Data Unit

Ruggedness, impact strength, and light weight were key requirements for this handheld field unit for on-site analysis of voice and data. Specifications were met by this hot-chamber Mg die casting housing, which survives 4-foot drop tests to concrete.

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CWM Al, Mg & Zn Die Cast Production Specs  CWM Al, Mg & Zn Die Cast Production Specs 

2-page descriptive detailed data sheet for Chicago White Metal Casting’s current high-tech production specifications, material properties, and nominal chemistry for its Al, Mg & Zn alloy capabilities.

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Portable Die Cast Mg Case with Elastomer Overmolding Portable Die Cast Mg Case with Elastomer Overmolding

Handheld fiber optic cable analyzer introduced in a high-tech magnesium die cast housing with elastomer overmolding. Innovative case, claimed to be the first overmolding of a complex die casting, offers improved performance over plastic at a 20% saving.

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CWM Miniature Die Casting Capabilities Profile, Specifications, Alloy Data CWM Miniature Die Casting Capabilities Profile, Specifications, Alloy Data

Overview of Chicago White Metal Casting miniature 4-slide Zn 3, 5 & ZA-8 die cast part capabilities, with CWM specifications, alloy characteristics. CWM specializes in delivering miniature parts with any required post-casting finishing, ready for further assembly, including precision machining when net-shapes are not possible.

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Replacement for Machined Brass at a 500% Savings Replacement for Machined Brass at a 500% Savings

A value analysis of alternate production efficiencies for a low-volume CNC machined brass small component for a medical device resulted in a miniature zinc net-shape die cast replacement at a 500% unit cost saving.

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Converting Machined Parts to Die Casting Converting Machined Parts to Die Casting

When production runs for a machined component part increase, advanced net-shape die casting can offer substantial unit cost savings compared to part machining to specifications. Such cost reductions are being achieved for a wide variety of machined part applications in a range of alloys and part sizes. In the case of many small precision parts, the net-shape 4-slide miniature die casting process can be used to replace a brass machined part at no sacrifice in mechanical properties for significant savings at even low production volumes. This Tech Brief discusses the many advantages of machining-to-die casting conversions in addition to unit cost savings.

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NADCA Collaborative Engineering White Paper NADCA Collaborative Engineering White Paper

This in-depth White Paper from the North American Die Casting Assn. details of how collaborative engineering between OEM engineers and custom die caster engineering can result in improved production efficiencies and reduced part costs. The case study method is used to discuss cost-saving opportunities for existing parts at the point of tooling replacement or required product design revisions, as well as for clean sheet designs.

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Magnesium Die Casting: Solutions for Today's Markets Magnesium Die Casting: Solutions for Today’s Markets

Chicago White Metal explores magnesium die casting in this informative webinar. Reviews the unique properties of die casting with magnesium that can be employed in a new design or conversion from another process. The information presented in this webinar is for OEM product designers and engineers who want to understand how magnesium die casting can improve product performance and reduce costs. 50 minutes.

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Functional-Build Approach to Lower Production Costs Functional-Build Approach to Lower Production Costs

Using the “functional build” methodology in part production, widely embraced by Japanese engineers, many North American OEMs are now making higher performing end-product assemblies at lower costs with greater customer satisfaction.

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Design & Specification Guide for Custom Die Castings Design & Specification Guide for Custom Die Castings

Updated and expanded 16-page reference to the major design & specification steps that drive the cost and performance of components die cast in Al, Mg, and Zn alloys. Among key design and production factors covered: Matching material properties; Die design & construction; Minimizing part porosity; Optimizing part heat transfer; Preplanning post-casting machining, if required; Dimensioning and tolerancing; Flash considerations; Prototyping; and as-cast finish guidelines.

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Hidden Costs of Sourcing Die Castings Offshore Hidden Costs of Sourcing Die Castings Offshore

Summary of detailed findings of OEM offshore sourcing based on research by the North American Die Casting Assn. Drawn by the promise of low prices, many North American OEM buyers and product specifiers who have engaged in offshore sourcing of die castings have learned hard lessons: the transoceanic pipeline can be very long and filled with unforeseen—and costly—outcomes. Most OEMs who have purchased die castings overseas have at least one revealing story to relate.

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1st-ever Triple Winners in NADCA Die Casting Contest 1st-ever Triple Winners in NADCA Die Casting Contest

Two Al and one Mg die casting Awards were won by CWM for a first-ever triple win for outstanding custom die castings in the annual North American Die Casting Association’s International Die Casting Competition. (Includes photos)

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How Magmasoft Process Simulation Lowers Costs How Magmasoft Process Simulation Lowers Costs

Describes how the use of this advanced in-house software technology, with simulated 3D computer metal-flow animations, can help assure 1st-shot success and die cast production repeatability. The benefits of further economical tooling design modifications can be clearly revealed prior to tooling construction.

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Die Cast Zn for Key Computer Structural Component Die Cast Zn for Key Computer Structural Component

Computer workstations from Silicon Graphics incorporated a zinc die cast rear cap frame, which combined important structural function with superior cosmetic appearance. The Zn die cast component, selected for its excellent strength, rigidity, EMI shielding characteristics, and part consolidation potential, was the first use by the company of a die casting in one of their workstation computers.

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NADCA Collaborative Engineering White Paper NADCA Collaborative Engineering White Paper

In-depth White Paper from the North American Die Casting Assn. details of how collaborative engineering between OEM engineers and custom die caster engineering can improve production efficiencies and reduce part costs. Discusses cost-saving opportunities for existing parts at tooling replacement or required product design revisions, as well as for clean sheet designs.

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Dirt Bike Al Hub with 35 Gear Teeth Cast to Zero Draft Dirt Bike Al Hub with 35 Gear Teeth Cast to Zero Draft

First motocross design produced on American soil in 20 years features many rule-breaking design innovations, such as its “sweet,” solid shifting clutch, made with two high-tech Al die castings. The Al hub has 35 gear teeth cast to zero draft. The crankshaft and engine cover are AZ91D hot-chamber mag die castings, providing strength and lightweight.

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NADCA: Pointers for Designing Die Castings NADCA: Pointers for Designing Die Castings

Die castings offer exceptional design freedom while at the same time achieving excellent mechanical properties for a product component. Selected features should be designed to enhance casting quality and avoid unnecessary casting costs. This article offers details on key points to consider in optimizing the cost-performance equation for a die cast part.

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GPS Satellite Tracker Unit in Rugged, Lightweight Mg GPS Satellite Tracker Unit in Rugged, Lightweight Mg

Project managers for this satellite positioning system designed a Mg die cast enclosure as advanced as the new technology inside: ultra-rugged; lightweight for field use; waterproof; dustproof, with fail-safe EMI shielding.

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The Insourcing Boom: Updated, In-depth look at the Comeback of Manufacturing to the U.S The Insourcing Boom: Updated, In-depth look at the Comeback of Manufacturing to the U.S

Charles Fishman, award-winning investigative and magazine journalist writing in the Atlantic magazine, explores what he calls a startling, sustainable, just-getting-started return of industry to the United States. After years of offshore production, U.S. companies are moving much of their far-flung manufacturing operations back home. General Electric is an early example, but it is not alone. Whirlpool, from China to Ohio; Otis, from Mexico to South Carolina; even Wham-O, from China to California. This Tech Brief is a condensation of his recent in-depth article with reasons for these major production shifts that he labels “The Insourcing Boom.”

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High-Tech Al & Mg for Advanced Video Imaging System High-Tech Al & Mg for Advanced Video Imaging System

Designed as part of an advanced digital video processing and control system, Sony engineers specified “perfect parts” for their new professional video camera. CWM high-tech die casting was selected to produce 11 aluminum and hot-chamber magnesium housing components for the new camera. Superior as-cast surfaces were primary specifications.

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USA Today: Manufacturing Heading Back to USA? USA Today: Manufacturing Heading Back to USA?

August 2010 article reports on plans for important production moving back from far-flung locations such as China; 400 jobs in the case of GE, 2000 jobs for components provided by suppliers for Ford. For the complete story and the reasons reported for this “reshoring” movement,

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Intricate Al Die Cast Propane Vaporizer-Regulator Intricate Al Die Cast Propane Vaporizer-Regulator

Two intricate Al die castings are the heart of a vaporizer-regulator for propane and natural gas vehicles, winning an industry award for their casting excellence. Meeting important thermal and weight specs, the two castings that make up the unit have channel walls, and the spaces between them, that measure 0.040 in. (1.016 mm) thick.

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Machining to Die Casting: A Guide to Conversion Machining to Die Casting: A Guide to Conversion

For users of machined parts looking for opportunities to reduce part costs while improving existing designs, with lower environmental impacts. Narrated webinar covers die cast conversion benefits and when such conversions are and are not advantageous. Tips on how best to make the transfer to an optimized die cast part. Covers conversion design considerations, alloys and surface finishes— with case studies. 30 minutes.

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Key High-Tech Mg Parts for Optical Survey System Key High-Tech Mg Parts for Optical Survey System

World leader in global positioning systems selected Mg die castings for the key housing components in their new optical surveying instrument. Machined parts were rejected as cost prohibitive; plastic would not provide the required stiffness for highly accurate readings.

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Product Solutions Through Die Casting Product Solutions Through Die Casting

Presentation to aid efficiency, functionality, and cost savings in the design and production of custom die castings. This narrated webinar focuses on helping effectively capitalize on today’s advanced die casting capabilities to improve performance and lower the costs of their custom components. 1 hour.

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Medical Imager Mg Multi-function Housing Walls Medical Imager Mg Multi-function Housing Walls

Two Mg 12 x 17 in. precision die cast housing walls for an all-in-one multi-media desktop medical imager provide lightweight, multiple functions and reduced part counts. Each high-tech hot-chamber mag die casting delivers 25 tight-toleranced features as-cast.

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Surface Finishes for Die Casting Surface Finishes for Die Casting

Presents the important factors that can affect the outcome of the final appearance of your die cast component when its surface finish is a critical issue. This narrated webinar will aid an understanding of the various finish options, and how their uses and limitations can make the difference between successful product development and costly results. 49 minutes.

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Mg Die Cast Professional Digital Camera Case Mg Die Cast Professional Digital Camera Case

First professional digital camera in a magnesium die cast housing, jointly developed by Kodak and Nikon. Mag, selected over the usual alternative of plastic encasing a stamped metal body or an Al casting, provides ruggedness, lightweight, and the quality feel of metal.

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The Miniature Zinc Die Casting Advantage The Miniature Zinc Die Casting Advantage

Presents the facts on why multi-slide, miniature zinc die casting is the preferred choice for small precision components. It enables product designers to learn how this specialized die casting process can substantially reduce component costs and provide optimal precision to a new project design or a conversion from an existing process.

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Mg Die Cast Ultrasound Portable Workstation Housing Mg Die Cast Ultrasound Portable Workstation Housing

Eight precision components form the self-contained display and keypad plus probe connector unit for a new all-digital portable ultrasound system. A total component weight of 1.725 lbs. makes the unit lighter than a molded plastic design, with greater drop strength. Winner of a “Design Award of Excellence” from the International Magnesium Assn.

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Redesign Delivers 40% Unit Cost Saving, 8% Less Weight, Superior Performance Redesign Delivers 40% Unit Cost Saving, 8% Less Weight, Superior Performance

This precision digital projector enclosure required high strength, rigidity, and low weight. The initial unit was produced as two magnesium Thixomold parts, assembled into one with seven bolts. CWM worked with the customer to redesign the enclosure as a single unit for Mg die casting production. The redesign resulted in a 40% final part cost reduction, a unit weight saving of 8%, and assured dimensional accuracy for improved projector focusing performance.

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10 Ways to Reduce the Costs of Die Cast Parts 10 Ways to Reduce the Costs of Die Cast Parts

6-page guide outlines 10 key cost drivers that design engineers can leverage during the product design stage to yield significant cost savings in the custom production of die cast components. These specific planning steps aid in integrating the realities of die cast manufacturing.

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Converting Machined Parts to Die Casting Converting Machined Parts to Die Casting

When production runs for a machined component part increase, advanced net-shape die casting can offer substantial unit cost savings compared to part machining to specifications. Such cost reductions are being achieved for a wide variety of machined part applications in a range of alloys and part sizes. In the case of many small precision parts, the net-shape 4-slide miniature die casting process can be used to replace a brass machined part at no sacrifice in mechanical properties for significant savings at even low production volumes. This Tech Brief discusses the many advantages of machining-to-die casting conversions in addition to unit cost savings.

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Design of a Bracket for Die Casting Production Design of a Bracket for Die Casting Production

An exercise in a step-by-step redesigning a part from a welded steel assembly to a die casting, applying recommended engineering principles, and the 1999 NADCA Product Standards for optimum die casting results.

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Die Cast Heat Sink Can Be a Cost-Effective OEM Choice Die Cast Heat Sink Can Be a Cost-Effective OEM Choice

Presents data on heat sink materials comparisons and the strengths and weaknesses of heat sinks produced as stampings, extrusions, and die castings. Of special interest to designers less familiar with integral incorporation of heat sinks into a housing design or the potential of custom die cast sink designs

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Evaluating Materials & Processes Evaluating Materials & Processes

Introductory overview and guide to optimum materials and alternate process selection. It contains a physical and mechanical materials properties comparison chart for the most widely used Al, Mg & Zn die casting alloys.

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Leveraging DFM Prior to Design Commitment Leveraging DFM Prior to Design Commitment

This presentation will aid OEM product designers, engineers, and specifiers with valuable, practical guidelines for assuring sound design-for-manufacturing decisions prior to freezing their designs destined for die casting production.

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Machining to Die Casting: A Guide to Conversion Machining to Die Casting: A Guide to Conversion

For users of machined parts looking for opportunities to reduce part costs while improving existing designs, with lower environmental impacts. Narrated webinar covers die cast conversion benefits and when such conversions are and are not advantageous. Tips on how best to make the transfer to an optimized die cast part. Covers conversion design considerations, alloys, and surface finishes— with case studies. 30 minutes.

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Magnesium Die Casting: Solutions for Today's Markets Magnesium Die Casting: Solutions for Today’s Markets

Chicago White Metal explores magnesium die casting in this informative webinar. Reviews the unique properties of die casting with magnesium that can be employed in a new design or conversion from another process. The information presented in this webinar is for OEM product designers and engineers who want to understand how magnesium die casting can improve product performance and reduce costs. 50 minutes.

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NADCA Design Manual: Intro & Content NADCA Design Manual: Intro & Content

Detailed overview of the contents of the 176-page Product Design for Die Casting manual on optimizing designs for die casting.

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NADCA: Comparison of Mag Die Casting & Plastic Parts NADCA: Comparison of Mag Die Casting & Plastic Parts

NADCA updated comparison reviews die cast and plastic parts on material availability and recycling, material properties, design tolerances, and material costs. Examines the fact that plastic materials that offer higher strength than mag alloys have material costs that are at least four times greater than magnesium.

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Portable Die Cast Mg Case with Elastomer Overmolding Portable Die Cast Mg Case with Elastomer Overmolding

Handheld fiber optic cable analyzer introduced in a high-tech magnesium die cast housing with elastomer overmolding. Innovative case, claimed to be the first overmolding of a complex die casting, offers improved performance over plastic at a 20% saving.

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Primer on Miniature Zinc & ZA-8 Die Casting Primer on Miniature Zinc & ZA-8 Die Casting

Condensed overview for OEM product designers and engineers on Miniature Zinc & ZA-8 custom die casting for the cost-effective production of small, complex structural components.

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Product Solutions Through Die Casting Product Solutions Through Die Casting

Presentation to aid efficiency, functionality, and cost savings in the design and production of custom die castings. This narrated webinar focuses on helping effectively capitalize on today’s advanced die casting capabilities to improve performance and lower the costs of their custom components. 1 hour.

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Rugged Al Die Cast Laser Housing Outperforms Plastic Rugged Al Die Cast Laser Housing Outperforms Plastic

A wireless remote laser unit to aid pipelaying accuracy and efficiency is claimed to be the most powerful laser device of its kind allowed by law. The new model offers an Al die cast metal housing to meet extreme, rugged field conditions, difficult for plastic housings to survive.

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The Miniature Zinc Die Casting Advantage The Miniature Zinc Die Casting Advantage

Presents the facts on why multi-slide, miniature zinc die casting is the preferred choice for small precision components. It enables product designers to learn how this specialized die casting process can substantially reduce component costs and provide optimal precision to a new project design or a conversion from an existing process.

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The Plastic vs Die Casting Process Decision The Plastic vs Die Casting Process Decision

If a structural component requires stiffness and extra strength, a proposed plastic part is usually a good candidate for production as a lightweight magnesium die casting. If EMI shielding and green recyclability are a concern, die cast Mg can be a hands-down choice

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Tutorial: Electronic Enclosure Design for Die Casting Tutorial: Electronic Enclosure Design for Die Casting

Step-by-step tutorial for a typical electronic enclosure design optimized for die casting takes the product designer through die casting design decisions applying recommended engineering principles appropriate to a range of similar design projects. Published by NADCA.

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Tutorial: Redesigning a Steel Bracket for Die Casting Tutorial: Redesigning a Steel Bracket for Die Casting

Step-by-step tutorial for a redesigned bracket design optimized for die casting takes the product designer through die casting design and redesign decisions applying recommended engineering principles appropriate to a range of similar redesign projects. Published by NADCA.

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Prototyping for Die Casting in All Alloys Prototyping for Die Casting in All Alloys

Guide to developing optimum prototyping strategies for developing and testing component designs prior to final die casting die construction. Discusses prototyping alloys and processes, including new rapid prototyping technologies.

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Leveraging DFM Prior to Design Commitment Leveraging DFM Prior to Design Commitment

This presentation will aid OEM product designers, engineers, and specifiers with valuable, practical guidelines for assuring sound design-for-manufacturing decisions prior to freezing their designs destined for die casting production.

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Machining to Die Casting: A Guide to Conversion Machining to Die Casting: A Guide to Conversion

For users of machined parts looking for opportunities to reduce part costs while improving existing designs, with lower environmental impacts. Narrated webinar covers die cast conversion benefits and when such conversions are and are not advantageous. Tips on how best to make the transfer to an optimized die cast part. Covers conversion design considerations, alloys, and surface finishes— with case studies. 30 minutes.

Click here to watch the Webinar

Overview of CWM Die Casting & Production Capabilities Overview of CWM Die Casting & Production Capabilities

4-page condensed overview of Chicago White Metal Casting capabilities in Al, Mg, and Zn from front-end assistance, prototyping to part finishing, and assembly. Summarizes CWM’s experience, advanced technologies, and ISO 9001 & 14001 registered management systems.

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CWM Comprehensive Die Casting Capabilities Brochure CWM Comprehensive Die Casting Capabilities Brochure

16-page, full-color comprehensive brochure on Chicago White Metal Casting capabilities in the most widely specified die casting alloys— Al, Mg & Zn. From design assistance through production, post-casting machining, surface finishing, and final product assembly. Detailed overview covers the experience, advanced technologies, and ISO 9001 & 14001 registered management systems that make CWM the cost-effective choice for net- and near-net-shape die cast parts. Includes case examples.

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CWM Al, Mg & Zn Die Cast Production Specs CWM Al, Mg & Zn Die Cast Production Specs

2-page descriptive detailed data sheet for Chicago White Metal Casting’s current high-tech production specifications, material properties, and nominal chemistry for its Al, Mg & Zn alloy capabilities.

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Design & Specification Guide for Custom Die Castings Design & Specification Guide for Custom Die Castings

Updated and expanded 16-page reference to the major design & specification steps that drive the cost and performance of components die cast in Al, Mg, and Zn alloys. Among key design and production factors covered: Matching material properties; Die design & construction; Minimizing part porosity; Optimizing part heat transfer; Preplanning post-casting machining, if required; Dimensioning and tolerancing; Flash considerations; Prototyping; and as-cast finish guidelines.

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EPA-Compliant Chromate for Al, Mg & Zn Parts EPA-Compliant Chromate for Al, Mg & Zn Parts

Latest information on Trivalent chromium which is now a proven alternative to hexavalent chromium coatings and meets new U.S. and European Union environmental mandates. Economical, with a cosmetically pleasing finish, it offers high corrosion resistance for CWM Al, Mg & Zn die castings.

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NADCA: For Efficient Manufacturing, Look to Die Casting NADCA: For Efficient Manufacturing, Look to Die Casting

A concise outline of the specific facts regarding how die casting manufacturing efficiency contributes to ecological sustainability: All die casting metals can be recycled and reused with no loss in material properties, resulting in the vast majority of die castings made with post-consumer metals which, in addition, require far less energy to reprocess than virgin materials. In the production of non-ferrous metal castings, die casting is the most energy-efficient casting process, with reusable molds and very high production rates resulting in highly-efficient energy usage. The carbon footprint of the die casting industry is among the lowest among producers of net- or near-net shape products and component parts—far less than that of plastic injection moldings.

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The Plastic vs Die Casting Process Decision The Plastic vs Die Casting Process Decision

If a structural component requires stiffness and extra strength, a proposed plastic part is usually a good candidate for production as a lightweight magnesium die casting. If EMI shielding and green recyclability are a concern, die cast Mg can be a hands-down choice

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Designing for Servicing & Recyclability Designing for Servicing & Recyclability

Facts on the material recycling infrastructure long in place for die cast metal parts and recyclability questions designers should ask in selecting materials and manufacturing processes for “green” component design.

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1st-ever Triple Winners in NADCA Die Casting Contest 1st-ever Triple Winners in NADCA Die Casting Contest

Two Al and one Mg die casting Awards were won by CWM for a first-ever triple win for outstanding custom die castings in the annual North American Die Casting Association’s International Die Casting Competition.(Includes photos)

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Mg Die Cast Professional Digital Camera Case Mg Die Cast Professional Digital Camera Case

First professional digital camera in a magnesium die cast housing, jointly developed by Kodak and Nikon. Mag, selected over the usual alternative of plastic encasing a stamped metal body or an Al casting, provides ruggedness, lightweight, and the quality feel of metal.

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How Magmasoft Process Simulation Lowers Costs How Magmasoft Process Simulation Lowers Costs

Describes how the use of this advanced in-house software technology, with simulated 3D computer metal-flow animations, can help assure 1st-shot success and die cast production repeatability. The benefits of further economical tooling design modifications can be clearly revealed prior to tooling construction.

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Magnesium EMI Shielding Characteristics Magnesium EMI Shielding Characteristics

Outlines EMI/RFI shielding requirements for electronic assemblies. Presents relationships between common measures of shielding, advantages of die castings in general, and mag die castings in particular, for electronic enclosure shielding. Prepared by Norsk Hydro Magnesium.

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NADCA: Comparison of Mag Die Casting & Plastic Parts NADCA: Comparison of Mag Die Casting & Plastic Parts

NADCA updated comparison reviews die cast and plastic parts on material availability and recycling, material properties, design tolerances, and material costs. Examines the fact that plastic materials that offer higher strength than mag alloys have material costs that are at least four times greater than magnesium.

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Product Solutions Through Die Casting Product Solutions Through Die Casting

Presentation to aid efficiency, functionality, and cost savings in the design and production of custom die castings. This narrated webinar focuses on helping effectively capitalize on today’s advanced die casting capabilities to improve performance and lower the costs of their custom components. 1 hour.

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Die Casting Design & Production Preplanning Guide Die Casting Design & Production Preplanning Guide

Preplanning Guide to aid OEMs considering custom die cast part production and reviewing existing literature. Organizes selected industry and CWM design resources into a 7-step sequence for the planning process. The source of each die casting design and production bulletin, tech brief, guide, checklist, and reference manual is listed, with many available for Web downloading or forwarding by Email. Bulletin contains direct Web links to aid access or requests for all listed documents.

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Overview of CWM Die Casting & Production Capabilities Overview of CWM Die Casting & Production Capabilities

4-page condensed overview of Chicago White Metal Casting capabilities in Al, Mg, and Zn from front-end assistance, prototyping to part finishing, and assembly. Summarizes CWM’s experience, advanced technologies, and ISO 9001 & 14001 registered management systems.

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CWM Comprehensive Die Casting Capabilities Brochure CWM Comprehensive Die Casting Capabilities Brochure

16-page, full-color comprehensive brochure on Chicago White Metal Casting capabilities in the most widely specified die casting alloys— Al, Mg & Zn. From design assistance through production, post-casting machining, surface finishing, and final product assembly. Detailed overview covers the experience, advanced technologies, and ISO 9001 & 14001 registered management systems that make CWM the cost-effective choice for net- and near-net-shape die cast parts. Includes case examples.

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CWM Al, Mg & Zn Die Cast Production Specs CWM Al, Mg & Zn Die Cast Production Specs 

2-page descriptive detailed data sheet for Chicago White Metal Casting’s current high-tech production specifications, material properties, and nominal chemistry for its Al, Mg & Zn alloy capabilities.

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NADCA Commercial Practices for Die Casting Buyers NADCA Commercial Practices for Die Casting Buyers

Comprehensive resource on accepted contractual purchasing practices for purchasing die casting and related services based on established industry trade customs. Prepared by the North American Die Casting Assn. It contains guidelines for developing proposals and contracts plus helpful checklists for printout on Tooling, Production and Finishing Specifications. Covers defining quality requirements; die casting die and production tooling; transferred dies; die cast production part orders; purchased components; price adjustments; patent obligations; die casting warranties and product liability.

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Design & Specification Guide for Custom Die Castings Design & Specification Guide for Custom Die Castings

Updated and expanded 16-page reference to the superior design & specification steps that drive the cost and performance of components die cast in Al, Mg, and Zn alloys. Among essential design and production factors covered: Matching material properties; Die design & construction; Minimizing part porosity; Optimizing part heat transfer; Preplanning post-casting machining, if required; Dimensioning and tolerancing; Flash considerations; Prototyping; and as-cast finish guidelines.

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NADCA: Comparison of Mag Die Casting & Plastic Parts NADCA: Comparison of Mag Die Casting & Plastic Parts

NADCA updated comparison reviews die cast and plastic parts on material availability and recycling, material properties, design tolerances, and material costs. Examines the fact that plastic materials that offer higher strength than mag alloys have material costs that are at least four times greater than magnesium.

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NADCA: Die Cast Production & Finishing Checklists NADCA: Die Cast Production & Finishing Checklists

Key factors in specifying the production and surface finishing of die cast parts, based on NADCA Product Standards Manual guidelines. Helps assure more transparent communication between OEM purchaser and die caster. (2015)

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NADCA: For Efficient Manufacturing, Look to Die Casting NADCA: For Efficient Manufacturing, Look to Die Casting

A concise outline of the specific facts regarding how die casting manufacturing efficiency contributes to ecological sustainability: All die casting metals can be recycled and reused with no loss in material properties, resulting in the vast majority of die castings made with post-consumer metals which, also, require far less energy to reprocess than virgin materials. In the production of non-ferrous metal castings, die casting is the most energy-efficient casting process, with reusable molds and very high production rates resulting in highly-efficient energy usage. The carbon footprint of the die casting industry is among the lowest among producers of net- or near-net shape products and component parts—far less than that of plastic injection moldings.

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The Insourcing Boom: Updated, In-depth look at the Comeback of Manufacturing to the U.S The Insourcing Boom: Updated, In-depth look at the Comeback of Manufacturing to the U.S

Charles Fishman, award-winning investigative and magazine journalist, writing in the Atlantic magazine, explores what he calls a startling, sustainable, just-getting-started return of industry to the United States. After years of offshore production, U.S. companies are moving much of their far-flung manufacturing operations back home. General Electric is an early example, but it is not alone. Whirlpool, from China to Ohio; Otis, from Mexico to South Carolina; even Wham-O, from China to California. This Tech Brief is a condensation of his recent in-depth article with reasons for these major production shifts that he labels “The Insourcing Boom.”

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USA Today: Manufacturing Heading Back to USA? USA Today: Manufacturing Heading Back to USA?

August 2010 article reports on plans for significant production moving back from far-flung locations such as China; 400 jobs in the case of GE, 2000 jobs for components provided by suppliers for Ford. For the complete story and the reasons reported for this “reshoring” movement,

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Leveraging DFM Prior to Design Commitment Leveraging DFM Prior to Design Commitment

This presentation will aid OEM product designers, engineers, and specifiers with valuable, practical guidelines for assuring sound design-for-manufacturing decisions before freezing their designs destined for die casting production.

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Machining to Die Casting: A Guide to Conversion Machining to Die Casting: A Guide to Conversion

For users of machined parts looking for opportunities to reduce part costs while improving existing designs, with lower environmental impacts. Narrated webinar covers die cast conversion benefits and when such conversions are and are not advantageous. Tips on how best to make the transfer to an optimized die cast part. Covers conversion design considerations, alloys, and surface finishes— with case studies. 30 minutes.

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Book Review: Book Review: “Poorly Made in China”

Paul Midler, with a background in Chinese studies and history– and hands-on experience working for years in China with Chinese supplier manufacturers– has written a valuable new book, “Poorly Made in China,” Any North American OEM considering offshore sourcing will want to be familiar with the information this original businessman-author documents.

View the PDF: Book Review: “Poorly Made in China”

Product Solutions Through Die Casting Product Solutions Through Die Casting

Presentation to aid efficiency, functionality, and cost savings in the design and production of custom die castings. This narrated Webinar focuses on helping effectively capitalize on today’s advanced die casting capabilities to improve performance and lower the costs of their custom components. 1 hour.

Click here to watch the Webinar

Design News Engrg Survey & Key DC2 OEM Resources Design News Engrg Survey & Key DC2 OEM Resources

Two-Part Tech Brief: Part 1 outlines findings of recent Design News Study of design engineers: Salary gains, but with added duties. Part 2 presents a tailored listing of essential initial resources in this DC2 Design Center for OEMs considering the die casting process, with direct download links to the described documents. Three DC2 OEM lists are presented, based on one’s design project role and process background.

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Surface Finishes for Die Casting Surface Finishes for Die Casting

Presents the important factors that can affect the outcome of the final appearance of your die cast component when its surface finish is a critical issue. This narrated Webinar will aid an understanding of the various finish options and how their uses and limitations can make the difference between successful product development and costly results. 49 minutes.

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Die Cast Design Myths Can Cripple Optimum Decisions Die Cast Design Myths Can Cripple Optimum Decisions

Certain design and production myths regarding die casting may be crippling material and manufacturing decision making. This discussion, by CWM’s V.P. of Engineering, takes a look at today’s die casting design realities.

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The Die Casting Process: An OEM Designer's Overview The Die Casting Process: An OEM Designer’s Overview

This overview for OEM designers and specifiers is a refresher for those OEM product design engineers, buyers, and purchasing managers already familiar with die casting. For those new to the process, it provides a valuable framework or further pursuit.

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Die Casting Spec & Sourcing Aids for OEM Buyers Die Casting Spec & Sourcing Aids for OEM Buyers

A comprehensive one-page resource compilation for OEM buyers to aid in reviewing die cast custom part specifications for production and guiding optimum sourcing decisions. The location of each resource, bulletin, tech brief, guide, and checklist is listed, all either directly viewable on the Internet or available for immediate Web downloading.

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The Miniature Zinc Die Casting Advantage The Miniature Zinc Die Casting Advantage

Presents the facts on why multi-slide, miniature zinc die casting is the preferred choice for small precision components. It enables product designers to learn how this specialized die casting process can substantially reduce component costs and provide optimal precision to a new project design or a conversion from an existing process.

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Hidden Costs of Sourcing Die Castings Offshore Hidden Costs of Sourcing Die Castings Offshore

Summary of detailed findings of OEM offshore sourcing based on research by the North American Die Casting Assn. Drawn by the promise of low prices, many North American OEM buyers and product specifiers who have engaged in offshore sourcing of die castings have learned hard lessons: the transoceanic pipeline can be very long and filled with unforeseen—and costly—outcomes. Most OEMs who have purchased die castings overseas have at least one revealing story to relate.

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10 Ways to Reduce the Costs of Die Cast Parts 10 Ways to Reduce the Costs of Die Cast Parts

6-page guide outlines ten key cost drivers that design engineers can leverage during the product design stage to yield significant cost savings in the custom production of die cast components. These specific planning steps aid in integrating the realities of die cast manufacturing.

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How to Select the Best Custom Die Caster How to Select the Best Custom Die Caster

This 10-point OEM checklist can be a helpful guide to making the optimum supplier decision for successful results in producing a new housing or component as a custom die casting in aluminum, magnesium, or zinc.

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Die Casting Design & Production Preplanning Guide Die Casting Design & Production Preplanning Guide

Preplanning Guide to aid OEMs considering custom die cast part production and reviewing existing literature. Organizes selected industry and CWM design resources into a 7-step sequence for the planning process. The source of each die casting design and production bulletin, tech brief, guide, checklist, and reference manual is listed, with many available for Web downloading or forwarding by Email. Announcement contains direct Web links to aid access or requests for all recorded documents.

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Magnesium EMI Shielding Characteristics Magnesium EMI Shielding Characteristics

Outlines EMI/RFI shielding requirements for electronic assemblies. Presents relationships between standard measures of shielding, advantages of die castings in general, and mag die castings in particular, for electronic enclosure shielding. Norsk Hydro Magnesium prepares them.

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CWM Al, Mg & Zn Die Cast Production Specs CWM Al, Mg & Zn Die Cast Production Specs 

2-page descriptive detailed data sheet for Chicago White Metal Casting’s current high-tech production specifications, material properties, and nominal chemistry for its Al, Mg & Zn alloy capabilities.

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NADCA Collaborative Engineering White Paper NADCA Collaborative Engineering White Paper

In-depth White Paper from the North American Die Casting Assn. details of how collaborative engineering between OEM engineers and custom die caster engineering can improve production efficiencies and reduce part costs. Discusses cost-saving opportunities for existing parts at tooling replacement or required product design revisions, as well as for clean sheet designs.

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NADCA Standards: Aluminum Alloy Data NADCA Standards: Aluminum Alloy Data

Al alloy selection, machining and finishing data; chemical composition; material properties and die casting and other characteristics.

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NADCA Standards: Magnesium Alloy Data NADCA Standards: Magnesium Alloy Data

Mg alloy selection, machining and finishing data; chemical composition; material properties and die casting and other characteristics.

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NADCA Standards: Zinc & ZA Alloy Data NADCA Standards: Zinc & ZA Alloy Data

Updated Zn and ZA alloy selection, machining and finishing data; chemical composition; material properties and die casting and other characteristics.

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Superior EMI Shielding with Die Cast Housings Superior EMI Shielding with Die Cast Housings

More densely-packed housings, faster processing speeds, and new EMI regulations call for changes in electronic housing designs. This paper frames the EMI shielding challenge, the importance of attention to shielding concerns well before the prototyping stage, and outlines the pros and cons of shielding alternatives in metal and plastic housings.

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The Plastic vs Die Casting Process Decision The Plastic vs Die Casting Process Decision

If a structural component requires stiffness and extra strength, a proposed plastic part is usually a good candidate for production as a lightweight magnesium die casting. If EMI shielding and green recyclability are a concern, die cast Mg can be a hands-down choice

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Tutorial: Electronic Enclosure Design for Die Casting Tutorial: Electronic Enclosure Design for Die Casting

Step-by-step tutorial for a typical electronic enclosure design optimized for die casting takes the product designer through die casting design decisions applying recommended engineering principles appropriate to a range of similar design projects. Published by NADCA.

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Die Cast Zn for Key Computer Structural Component Die Cast Zn for Key Computer Structural Component

Computer workstations from Silicon Graphics incorporated a zinc die cast rear cap frame, which combined important structural function with superior cosmetic appearance. The Zn die cast component, selected for its excellent strength, rigidity, EMI shielding characteristics, and part consolidation potential, was the first use by the company of a die casting in one of their workstation computers.

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GPS Satellite Tracker Unit in Rugged, Lightweight Mg GPS Satellite Tracker Unit in Rugged, Lightweight Mg

Project managers for this satellite positioning system designed a Mg die cast enclosure as advanced as the new technology inside: ultra-rugged; lightweight for field use; waterproof; dustproof, with fail-safe EMI shielding.

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Rugged Mg Spotting Scope Die Casting Award Rugged Mg Spotting Scope Die Casting Award

This advanced spotting scope, offering the sharpest, brightest viewing at distances greater than possible with premium binoculars, has impressive housing specifications: lightweight portability, absolute ruggedness, 100% waterproof construction— it is nitrogen filled and guaranteed for life. Its central housing is produced as a hot-chamber magnesium high-precision die casting, weighing just 8.0 oz. (226.8 gm) with thin-wall sections as narrow as 0.039 in. (1.0 mm).

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Book Review: Book Review: “Poorly Made in China”

Paul Midler, with a background in Chinese studies and history– and hands-on experience working for years in China with Chinese supplier manufacturers– has written a valuable new book, “Poorly Made in China,” Any North American OEM considering offshore sourcing will want to be familiar with the information this original businessman-author documents.

View the PDF: Book Review: “Poorly Made in China”

Hidden Costs of Sourcing Die Castings Offshore Hidden Costs of Sourcing Die Castings Offshore

Summary of detailed findings of OEM offshore sourcing based on research by the North American Die Casting Assn. Drawn by the promise of low prices, many North American OEM buyers and product specifiers who have engaged in offshore sourcing of die castings have learned hard lessons: the transoceanic pipeline can be very long and filled with unforeseen—and costly—outcomes. Most OEMs who have purchased die castings overseas have at least one revealing story to relate.

View the PDF: Hidden Costs of Sourcing Die Castings Offshore

The Insourcing Boom: Updated, In-depth look at the Comeback of Manufacturing to the U.S The Insourcing Boom: Updated, In-depth look at the Comeback of Manufacturing to the U.S

Charles Fishman, award-winning investigative and magazine journalist, writing in the Atlantic magazine, explores what he calls a startling, sustainable, just-getting-started return of industry to the United States. After years of offshore production, U.S. companies are moving much of their far-flung manufacturing operations back home. General Electric is an early example, but it is not alone. Whirlpool, from China to Ohio; Otis, from Mexico to South Carolina; even Wham-O, from China to California. This Tech Brief is a condensation of his recent in-depth article with reasons for these major production shifts that he labels “The Insourcing Boom.”

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USA Today: Manufacturing Heading Back to USA? USA Today: Manufacturing Heading Back to USA?

August 2010 article reports on plans for significant production moving back from far-flung locations such as China; 400 jobs in the case of GE, 2000 jobs for components provided by suppliers for Ford. For the complete story and the reasons reported for this “reshoring” movement,

View the PDF: USA Today: Manufacturing Heading Back to USA?

Rising Wages, Acknowledgment of Hidden Costs Bring Manufacturing Back to U.S. Shores Rising Wages, Acknowledgment of Hidden Costs Bring Manufacturing Back to U.S. Shores

There is a resurgence of manufacturing in the United States as the allure of offshore sourcing begins to fade. Several studies released this year by major consulting firms, and articles in a variety of publications have noted the rise in U. S. production. Examples range from Fortune 500 giant Caterpillar Inc. to toy manufacturer Wham-O Inc., which are either expanding operations here, or bringing back production from offshore suppliers. Die casters are seeing a similar trend, with nearly a quarter of NADCA members reporting they gained new business that had previously been sourced offshore.

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U.S. Manufacturing… Pain & Promise U.S. Manufacturing… Pain & Promise

A 2-page NADCA report on US jobs and outsourcing. Reviews US job loss and potential return.

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