In terms of metalworking manufacturing processes, the two commonly found types of die casting methods are multi-slide die casting and conventional die casting. The main difference between the two types is in the number of slides used during the process. Multi-slide die casting uses at least four perpendicular slides to create a mold for the metal, while conventional die casting uses a two-part tooling system. The multi-slide method is newer and more commonly used in the production of small, intricate parts, while the conventional method is better suited for larger parts with less detail.
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Multi-Slide Die Casting
Multi-slide die casting is a die casting process that is key to the production of small, complex metal parts with a high degree of accuracy and repeatability. This die cast method is well suited for high volume production runs for applications where close tolerances, smooth surface finishes, and/or thin walls are required. The multi-slide die casting process is often used for the production of electrical connectors, sensors, valves, and other small metal components.
Conventional Die Casting
The conventional die casting process, also known as high pressure die casting, is a metalworking manufacturing process that is used to produce large metal parts with less detail. In this process, a two-part tooling system is attached to a molding machine. The molten metal is then injected into the mold under high pressure to create the desired shape. This die casting method is better suited for the production of larger metal parts such as engine blocks, transmission housings, and other large metal components.
Juxtaposing the Two Methods
In terms of advantages, multi-slide die casting as a process offers greater flexibility and accuracy, and is able to produce smaller, more intricate parts with a higher degree of accuracy. Conventional die casting on the other hand is better suited for high volume production of larger parts that do not require as much detail. Multi-slide die casting also has the advantage of shorter cycle times due to the fact that four slides are used instead of two. This means that the metal can be injected into the mold and cooled more quickly, resulting in shorter production times.
The main disadvantage of multi-slide die casting however, is only cost. As it is a much newer technology as compared to conventional die casting, it can be more expensive. The extra cost however, is typically worth it for companies that require small, precise components. As for conventional die casting, when it comes to disadvantages, it has a longer cycle time due to the fact that only two slides are used. Additionally, this method is not as accurate as multi-slide die casting, so it can be difficult to produce parts with a high degree of precision.
Choose EKO for Your Die Casting Needs
Here at EKO Industries, our advice is to carefully consider the size and complexity of the parts that you need to produce before deciding which die casting method is best suited for your company’s project. If you need to produce smaller items with a high degree of accuracy, then multi-slide die casting is the best option. However, if you are producing larger parts that do not require as much detail, then conventional die casting might be a better choice.
No matter which die casting method you choose, we are here to help. We are a leading provider of both multi-slide and conventional die casting services, and we are committed to providing our customers with the highest quality parts and components possible. Contact us today to learn more about our die casting capabilities or to request a quote for your next project.