While both processes start with metal, casting and forging differ in both process and time involved. With the process of casting, melted metal is poured into the appropriate mold, then allowed to solidify. Once the component has completed the solidifying step, the only thing that needs to be done is the finishing operations.
Mainland China is quickly becoming the die casting manufacturing hub of the global market. Recently, many overseas manufacturing companies have refocused on improving their product precision by moving to more die cast and investment casting production styles. Through the use of different and new alloy materials along with additional surface finishing options; die cast manufacturing is set to become a more viable casting manufacturing option in 2015.
The advancements in 3 dimensional printing were showcased at the EuroMold 2014 in Frankfurt, Germany last November. The trade show highlighted the benefits and added flexibility that 3D printing now offers the manufacturing ecosystem; including sand casting and other casting manufacturing styles.