The Deco Advantage guide serves to help designers and material specifiers to better understand the capabilities of zinc casting alloys for product applications.
What is the Deco Advantage?
Zinc casting alloys are versatile engineering materials. As a result, no other alloy system provides the combination of strength, toughness, rigidity, bearing performance, and economical castability. Listed are zinc alloy attributes which can reduce component costs. Additional zinc alloy design advantages you’ll learn about in this brochure include improving precision quality and product performance.
Zinc alloys are castable to closer tolerances than other materials or molded plastics, therefore presenting the opportunity to reduce or eliminate machining. “Net Shape” or “Zero Machining” manufacturing is a major advantage of zinc casting.
Strength & Ductility
Zinc alloys offer high strengths (to 60,000 psi) and superior elongation for strong designs and formability for bending, crimping and riveting operations.
Few materials provide the strength and toughness of zinc alloys. Impact resistance is significantly higher than cast aluminum alloys, plastics, and grey cast iron.
Zinc alloys have the rigidity of metals with modulus of elasticity characteristics equivalent to other die castable materials. Stiffness properties are, therefore, far superior
to engineering plastics.
Zinc alloys are nonsparking and suitable for hazardous location applications such as coal mines, tankers and refineries.
Bushing and wear inserts in component designs can often be eliminated because of zinc’s excellent bearing properties. For example, zinc alloys have outperformed bronze in heavy duty industrial applications.
Zinc castings are readily polished, plated, painted, chromated or anodized for decorative and /or functional service.
Thin Wall Castability
High casting fluidity, regardless of casting process, allows for thinner wall sections to be cast in zinc in comparison to other metal.
Fast, trouble-free machining characteristics of zinc materials minimize tool wear and machining costs.
Long Tool Life
Low casting temperatures result in less thermal shock and, therefore, extended life for die casting tools. For example, tooling life can be more than 10 times that of aluminum dies.