A new plastic tooling shop needs to pay a premium for aluminum

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Aluminum and magnesium die castings are commonly used to manufacture plastic injection molding tools and components. A new plastic tooling shop needs to pay a premium for aluminum, magnesium and brass die casting equipment.

There are two different types of aluminum and magnesium die casting equipment to buy; precision cast and direct pour. Precision casting machines are used to produce parts with tight dimensional tolerances and high detail.

Direct pour equipment is used to cast parts having low tolerances. Aluminum and magnesium die casting equipment prices can range from $20,000 to $100,000. Brass die casting tooling costs $40,000-$125,000. Brass Aluminium die casting manufacturers dies cost more than aluminum and magnesium because of the complexity of the machining required to create them. In addition to the price of the dies, there are other costs involved.

A metal die shop needs to budget for lead time, set up time and machining and milling time to fabricate the die. It costs more to fabricate brass dies because they have more complex geometries than aluminum or magnesium dies.