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Frequently Asked Questions

Design and Production

Q: How much do I need to know and where do I find information about casting design?
A: A good starting point to learn about casting design is our Design Process Guide.

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Q: How does early design involvement with Pentz benefit my design project?
A; When you involve Pentz experts early in your design, our specialized knowledge can help you design your project to include:

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Q: What if I need prototypes or a small number of parts?
A. Pentz offers a full range of prototype and low volume production services. If you need an aluminum prototype we can often save you time and money with our unique “rapid tooling and casting” techniques. Learn more about our rapid prototyping, rapid tooling and rapid casting services.

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Q: Can prototype tooling be used for production?
A: Yes, we design our prototype patterns so they may be used as short run production tooling. Actual tool life will vary based on application.

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Q: Can changes be made to tooling before it is complete?
A: Yes, one of the advantages of our patterns is their modular construction. This enables us to make changes quickly while minimizing the cost impact.

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Q: What is a core? When do I need them?
A: Essentially, a core is a preformed sand aggregate placed in a mold to provide holes and shapes, such as interior walls, that cannot be shaped by the pattern. Pentz has a wide range of core making capabilities including SO2, Shell and No Bake cores. Our tooling engineers would be happy to answer any questions regarding core design and applications.

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Q: What kind of parts do you cast at your foundry? Any size limitations?
A: Pentz specializes in precision high quality castings. We have substantial experience in marine, medical, automotive, aerospace and industrial and architectural components. We have produced parts in sizes from 1 inch to 12 feet in length and routinely produce parts with intricate and complex shapes. See examples of parts.

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Q: What kind of post-casting operations does Pentz provide?
A: We do machining, heat treat, anodizing, chemical treatment, painting, surface texturing, testing and full assembly. Take a tour of our facility.

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Q: Does Pentz operate its own machine shop?
A: Yes, Pentz has a fully integrated machine shop to support foundry and tool making operations. Learn more about our machining capabilities.

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Q: Does Pentz produce parts that meet military, automotive, aerospace and medical device requirements?
A: Yes, we have produced parts for all of the above and others. Our quality staff is happy to work with you to develop a quality plan to meet your specifications. We have a full range of test and measurement equipment including real-time X-ray, spectrographic analysis, tensile strength, hardness and die penetrant testing. Learn more about our Quality Systems.

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Q: What is Reverse Engineering?
A: In the casting industry, reverse engineering (RE) is the process of using an existing part as a model to create a CAD file to produce either a prototype or production parts. At Pentz, the CAD file is created from highly accurate digital images produced by laser scanning or by CMM measurement of an existing part. The CAD files may be used to produce prototype models from SLA, FDM or LOM prototyping methods or CNC machined tooling for production parts. Learn more about our Reverse Engineering Process.

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What are the benefits of real-time X-ray?
A: Real-time X-ray enables us to respond immediately to process problems and ensure the highest structural quality. It is also environmentally friendly. There are no products such as film or hazardous chemicals to dispose of. It is cost effective. It requires no expensive film or destruction of parts and eliminates the need for additional testing of physical properties. Learn more about our real time X-ray capabilities.

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Note: Each section contains information about specific subjects or terms as they apply to Pentz Cast Solutions. The Guide is as accurate as possible; however, all material is provided without warranty of any kind.

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