Metal casting, an ancient process gradually evolving from art to technology for thousands of years, then another 100-year long jump to applied science serves as a backbone to several economies, especially the manufacturing industry. Every other enterprise is savouring the fruit of its products, the most influential ancient industrial process known to form metal shapes.
Have you ever wondered how the manufacturing of the tools or car parts you regularly use occurs? 90% of the goods used daily are a product of the same casting process. Whether it be trail wheels, automobile parts, bus pedals, lamp posts or appliances, metal casting caters to all these goods. These shapes are formed by emptying the molten metal into a mould, where once cooled, the metal extraction from the mould starts.
What does the process involve?
Although it sounds easy-peasy, it’s not. It involves numerous steps, with each requiring a meticulous and skilled job. Let’s walk through the process step by step;
Application in diverse sectors
- Household: Fittings, appliances, furniture, kitchen and gardening equipment
- Machine Tools: extrusion, forging, casting, plastics moulding, and Machining
- Heavy Machinery or tools: farming, mining and construction
- Transport: Aerospace, Automobile, shipping and railways
- Electrical Equipment Machines: Generators, motors, compressors, and pumps
- Art Objects: furniture, sculptures, lamp stands, decorative items and idols
- Defence: Supporting equipment, vehicles, storage, munition, and artillery
- Plant Machinery: Petroleum, chemical, steel, paper, textile, thermal plants and sugar
- Hardware: Valves, pipes, fittings, and joints
Metal casting has benefited the world with its products for centuries. Every product that you look at has one way or the other gone through metal casting.