Custom Casting Engineering Solutions
Creating casting prototypes can be costly and time-consuming, with little room for error when selecting the right material, molding, core and development process. At Pentz Cast Solutions, we design and engineer precision ITAR-registered sand casting tooling and permanent mold tooling for low and high-volume casting production. We work directly with customers in order to engineer and build CNC machined components based on your exact specifications. We utilize highly engineered hybrid solutions to casting tooling to create intricate complex geometry in large proto and or production castings is what we do every day. Our expert engineers collaborate with customers on projects to simplify the complex casting developmental process.
Designing in Cast Aluminum
Pentz has the machining and fabricating capabilities to design castings from cast aluminum materials. Aluminum parts are versatile and can be made at significantly lower costs than more traditional metals. All Aluminum Alloy Metals at Pentz are then rotary degassed and flux injected to ensure extremely low oxides and hydrogen porosity in all molten metal.
Custom Job Flow Diagram
The right casting process for your project is based on the size, complexity, alloy, physical properties required, quantities required / anticipated, schedule, and if the casting design is fixed or still developing. Pentz Cast Solution engineers will guide you through each phase of your project in alignment with our job flow diagram. Our Dual Path and Triple path processes allow us to hog out aluminum prototypes and casting simultaneously for high volume, low cost production.
Prototype Part Manufacturing
We identify the best process to build your parts and explore all options in engineering, CAD, prototyping, production casting tooling, production, CNC machined parts and complete manufacturing. We can incorporate geometries, complex intricate coring, conversions from CNC machined billet and weld fabricated assembly into one casting to reduce costs.
Our engineers work directly with our customers in order to determine the best material and process for your casting prototype. We utilize 3D printing capabilities, CNC machining and rapid tooling capabilities to create casting prototypes with complex geometries more quickly than our competitors.
Production Casting Tooling
Pentz engineers and builds precision CNC machined sandcasting tooling for our automated sand cast aluminum production and customer foundries pouring gray iron, ductal iron, and bronze alloys. All of our designing, engineering, CNC machined tooling and CNC machining of castings allow us to complete castings by getting them done fast, right, and more efficiently.
Molding Process Selection
Pentz uses a range of molding processes to suit different jobs, ranging from the following options:
- Precision Automated Green Sand Molding
- Precision Green Sand Molding
- Precision Dry Sand Molding
- Permanent Mold
- Process Comparisons
View our Molding Process Comparison Chart for more information.
Our casting engineers will help you select the best core process for your job. Available core making techniques include 3D printed cores, automated shell cores, stock shell cores, dry sand cores and more.
Aluminum Alloy Selection
Pentz can procure a wide range of Aluminum Alloy castings for customer projects and production upon request. We are here to assist in selecting the right material for your project from our extensive selection of aluminum alloys, including:
- 535 AlMag
- A356 alloy
- 357 alloy
- 206 alloy
- Alcoa 351 SuperaCast
Why Choose Pentz Cast Solutions?
Pentz Cast Solutions has been a trusted leader in casting innovation solutions since 1972. Our expert prototyping team has experience working with OEMs to create complex and mission-critical components to meet the most stringent application requirements. Our team takes several important factors into consideration prior to creating a casting for your needs, including but not limited to:
- Lead Time Constraints
- Functional Requirements for Design
- Industry and Government Standards
Contact Pentz for Casting Engineering Services
We thrive on challenging projects and love to explore innovative cast solutions in collaboration with our customers to push beyond boundaries. Request a Quote online or Contact Us and let us get started on your next project.
Additional Engineering & Heat Treatment Resources
Heat Treat Designations / Types
- F: As cast
- O: Annealed
- T4: Solution heat treated and naturally aged to a stable condition
- T5: Cooled from an elevated temperature shaping process and then artificially aged
- T6: Solution heat treated and then artificially aged
- T7: Solution heat treated and overaged
Heat Treat Definitions
Annealing: Heating castings to increase ductility, which also tends to decrease strength.
Solution Heat Treat: Heating castings to a suitably elevated temperature and holding at that temperature long enough to allow elements to enter into a solid solution and then cool rapidly to maintain that solid solution.
Aging: Precipitation of solute atoms at room temperature (natural age) or elevated temperatures (artificial age).
Overage: Additional aging to improve dimensional stability.