ALUMINUM DIE CASTING ALLOYS
Aluminum is one of the most popular choices as a die casted metal. Manufacturers can cost-effectively produce intricate parts with a shorter lead time. Here we have briefly discussed the characteristics, advantages, types, and applications of aluminum die-casting metals.
Aluminum Alloy Characteristics
Aluminum metal alloys have some unique characteristics that distinguish them from other die casting alloys. Some key characteristics of aluminum alloy are:
- Very lightweight
- Great corrosion resistance
- Superior electrical and thermal conductivity
- Can withstand high operating temperatures
- Excellent strength-to-weight ratio with good stiffness
- Great EMI/RFI shielding properties
- Wide range of surface finishing options
Advantages of Aluminum Die Casting
Aluminum die casting offers multitudes of benefits over other metalworking techniques. Some of the main advantages of aluminum die casting are as follows:
- High production efficiency
- Produce parts with Intricate details
- Achieve variable wall thickness
- High precision
- Superior repeatability
- Material can be recycled
- Great dimensional stability
All these perks combined, make aluminum die casting a cost-effective manufacturing process. And, the cost is unarguably one of the keys deciding factors for any project.
Aluminum Die Casting Metal Applications
Automotive: Lighter components can greatly increase the fuel efficiency of vehicles. That’s why the automotive industries use aluminum diecast parts to reduce the weight of the vehicle while meeting the structural requirements.
Telecommunication: Aluminum enclosures are widely used in the telecommunication sector. It is commonly used as RF filter housing for its excellent shielding and heat dissipation properties.
Consumer Electronics: Aluminum is the material of choice for handheld or portable electronic devices such as laptops, smartphones, cameras, etc. The lightweight, durability, and aesthetics of aluminum castings have made them very popular to end users.
Industrial Equipment: The superior thermal and electrical conductivity of aluminum die-cast metals makes them ideal for industrial applications as well. Diecast aluminum parts can withstand high operating temperatures. They are commonly used as equipment housing and heatsinks.