Selecting the most suitable material for a rapid casting project is critical. How else can you blend price, functionality, and long-term performance?
Rapid casting offers many materials, each with unique attributes suitable for varied applications. Let's simplify your decision-making by diving deep into the most prevalent rapid-casting materials, their standout features, and primary use cases.
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Cast Aluminum (AlSi10Mg)
This aluminum alloy offers excellent mechanical properties and corrosion resistance.
Lightweight and strong
Good thermal and electrical conductivity
Superior corrosion resistance
Key Applications: Aerospace components, automotive parts, and machinery components.
Cast Aluminum (AlSi7Mg)
A variant of an aluminum alloy known for its balanced mechanical properties and casting characteristics.
Optimal strength-to-weight ratio
Enhanced elongation properties
Key Applications: Structural automotive parts, marine applications, and aerospace components.
Cast Iron (EN-GJS-400)
A versatile ductile cast iron with decent mechanical properties.
Good tensile strength
Suitable for intricate designs
Key Applications: Valves, pumps, and engineering components.
Cast Iron (EN-GJS-500)
Higher-grade ductile cast iron with improved mechanical properties.
Superior tensile strength and yield strength
Improved wear resistance
Good impact toughness
Key Applications: Heavy-duty gears, machine tool parts, and automotive components.
Grey Cast Iron (EN-GJL 150)
Characterized by its graphite-rich structure, this iron is widely used due to its castability.
Excellent damping capability
High compressive strength
Easy to cast and machine
Key Applications: Engine blocks, brake discs, and counterweights.
Grey Cast Iron (EN-GJL 200)
A slightly upgraded version of the EN-GJL 150 with enhanced tensile strength.
Better wear resistance
Enhanced tensile strength
Key Applications: Engine casings, housings, and pulleys.
Cast Magnesium (AZ91D)
Lightweight and known for its excellent strength-to-weight ratio.
High vibrational damping capacity
Superior strength-to-weight ratio
Key Applications: Aerospace components, electronic housings, and automotive parts.
Navigating Material Selection with MakerVerse
Rapid casting materials cater to many applications spanning multiple sectors. When contemplating a material, weighing the mechanical properties, cost, and appearance is important.
At MakerVerse, our seasoned experts understand the subtleties inherent in each material. Let's work together to turn your design into a perfect part. Upload your design on the MakerVerse platform and our experts will follow up.