What is sand casting?Sand Casting Advantages and Disadvantages

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What is sand casting?

November 9th, 2021

Sand casting uses sand to create a mold for casting metal parts, from iron machine bases to cooking vessels. The process has been used for more than 3500 years and approximately 60 percent of all castings is still done using this method.

Advantages of sand casting

Sand casting offers a number of advantages. These include…

  • Sand casting is generally less expensive than other casting methods of creating parts, especially when compared to investment casting.
  • Sand casting can produce parts virtually in any shape and size.
  • Works with most alloys. Sand casting can work with most ferrous and non-ferrous alloys.
  • Short turnaround time. With sand casting, it’s quick to form the mold, which leads to overall short turnaround times.

Things to consider before deciding on sand casting

While sand casting has a number of important advantages, there are a few disadvantages you should consider before opting for this type of casting. These include…

  • Rough texture. Surface finish of the sand casting is somewhat rough compared to parts made using other casting methods.
  • Secondary machining required. Machining is generally required for sand casting to achieve features and accuracy required for fit-up and assembly.

 Working with Impro

Impro offers both resin sand and green sand casting for ductile iron, gray iron and compacted graphite iron with a broad size range from a few kilograms up to a few tons. Impro is rated among global top foundries for complex and high performance sand castings. Impro sand casting foundries are ISO/IATF 16949 certified. Located in Mexico and China, we Impro can satisfy your needs “Region-for-Region.” Whatever your industry or application, you can count on Impro to deliver ready-to-use products and services quickly and accurately. Get started on your next project by contacting our team today.

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