Comparison of Die Casting Tooling Types

Die Casting Tooling Types – Kinetic Die Casting Company produces die casting tooling for may types of die casting products.

  • Die Casting Inserts
  • Die Casting Mold Bases
  • Unit Die – Die Casting Tooling
  • Complete Die Casting Tooling
  • Die Casting Trim Die Tooling

Die Casting Inserts –
Typically the least expensive tool to buy to get die casting parts. The cost of an insert starts at about $6000 and could range upward to over $20,000. The inserts can weigh as little as 30 – 40 pounds or more than 100 pounds. And typically the die casting inserts are only 4″-6″ larger than the part that needs to be produced.

Die Casting Inserts need to be mounted into a Die Casting Mold Base. If the die casting part needs a slide or slides. The mold base could be more costly.

Die Casting Mold Bases –
The Die Casting Insert Tool is mounted into a mold base to make die casting parts. The mold base is very large (usually over 15 inches), heavy (usually over 1500 pounds) and expensive (usually over $4,000). The mold base is necessary to control the temperature and pressures in die casting. The mold base has a hole to allow the metal to be injected into the tool. The mold base has special clamping slots so it can be mounted into the die casting machine.

Unit Die – Die Casting Tools –
A special die casting tool that is used to reduce the cost from a complete die casting tool and more efficient than die casting insets is the unit die tool, sometimes called a DME unit die. The unit die tool is easier and faster to change out in a die casting machine. Sometimes as little as half an hour verses sometimes four hours as a complete tool, or six hours as a die casting insert. It requires that the die casting company have a master DME unit holder mounted in a die casting machine. The unit dies are universal in the die casting industry and can be moved from one die casting company to another easier, similar to complete tooling, than die casting inserts. Unit dies are produced in three sizes, depending on the size of the part to be produced. 10×12 (pronounced ten by twelve), 12×15 (pronounced twelve by 15), and 15×18 (pronounced fifteen by eighteen)

Complete Die Casting Tooling –
The best quality tool. The most expensive tool. The tool that is the easiest to move from one die casting company to another. This tool is the complete package, cavity inserts and mold base. It mounts directly into the die casting machine. It controls the temperature and pressure much better than it’s counterparts.

Die Casting Trim Dies –
A die casting trim die cuts the excess material around the die casting part (flash). The die casting trim die mounts in a hydraulic press and saves time and produces a better part than sanding parts.

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