Almost all industries are now striving for lightweight components, which is especially seen in the automotive sector. A reduction in the weight has several advantages such as enhancing its functionality and efficiency. Due to this, more manufacturing sectors are depending on lightweight components nowadays, and this has set a renewed demand for such parts from Mexican die casters. During the die casting process, the component weight plays a crucial role in the entire aspects of the production.
In the area of logistics, this reduction in weight has several advantages. Automotive manufacturers are now looking to make newer models of vehicles with lighter parts. This is possible without reducing the overall size of the vehicle and its structure. For automobiles, the use of light die casted components can result in a considerable increase in the fuel efficiency and other functional aspects of the vehicle.
Weight Reduction in Die Casting
The weight reduction techniques are mostly carried out during the design phase of die casting. During this stage, it is possible for the die caster to identify any spots in the components surface where there is an excess of thickness. This could result in an increase in the production costs, and to aid in this, the necessary simulation software is used.
This will greatly enable a die caster to achieve a considerable weight reduction in the finished casted component by an approximate value of 30 to 40 percent. A detailed product study is one important procedure carried out during the process of die casting. Moreover, this also involves the adding of structural ribs on the junction points.
Benefits of Weight Reduction
There are numerous advantages related to weight reduction and thinner walls on the components. It is carried out mainly by the use of FEM or Finite Element Method software that can assess the structural behavior of a system. Some of the benefits of weight reduction in die cast components are as follows.
Reduction of Porosity and Depressions
Thick walls will be subjected to more porosity levels during die casing because of the reduction in volume due to material cooling. The internal structure of the components undergoes tension in its molecular structure that can direct the fluid more to the solidified part thereby resulting in shrinkage porosity. Thin walls cause an overall decrease in the porosity and depressions occurring on the interior and exterior of the component surface.
Enhanced Component Strength
The other notable benefit of weight reduction is that it can alter the overall structure that can definitely improve the strength. The process of making the component lightweight can actually cause an enhancement in the strength of the product. This is because the forces are more equally distributed.
Reduction in Production Costs
The reduction in weight means that the quantity of materials required is less. This can lead to an overall reduction in the production costs of die casting. Moreover, the lighter components will also have the benefit of reduced transportation rates.