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NADCA Updates Die Casting Spec Standards

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The acknowledged in-depth reference manual on product standards for the specification of custom die castings has been updated and released by the North American Die Casting Assn.

Among comprehensive alloy and related data is new information on RoHS and REACH compliance; a new simplified formula for calculating draft angles; information on tools for improving Product Integrity and First Article Inspection Requirements; and expanded information on avoiding porosity. Updated specification drawings have been added throughout.

The updated 2009 edition of this 220-page $120 “Product Standards” Manual is available to OEM product designers, engineers & purchasers, as well as independent product design consultants registered at CWM’s OEM Resource Center, for the special CWM discount price of $75. It is also available from your CWM Regional Sales Representative.

For more details on the NADCA Product Standards Manual and special CWM Discount Order Form, go to: NADCA Standards Manual.

5 Most Popular Diecast Literature Downloads

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Over 7,800 die casting design and production documents have been downloaded in PDF format by OEM visitors to the OEM Die Cast Design Center of Chicago White Metal Casting’s website. Here are the five most popular downloads (over 1,040 downloads have been made of CWM’s “Design & Specification Guide” alone):

Design & Spec Guide for Custom Parts 
16-pages, at the Design Guide Section 
12 Ways to Reduce Costs of Die Cast Parts
6-pages, at the Design Guide Section 
Quick Guide to Die Cast Surface Finishing
8-pages, at the Design Guide Section
Evaluating Materials & Processes
4-pages, at the Engineering Bulletin Section
Design & Production Preplanning
1-page, at the Engineering Bulletin Section

In addition to the over 70 such custom design guides, bulletins and tech-briefs available– published by CWM and industry sources– there is a Frequently Asked Question section on die casting design and production subjects. Plus a Webinar section of 5-min. to 10-min. Online Webinars that can be viewed free, 24/7. After completing a brief registration, OEMs can return to the Design Center at any time using only their email address.

For a Quick Tour of the OEM Die Cast Design Center, Click Here.

Primer on Miniature Die Casting Released

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Special CWM Engineering Bulletin No. 76 provides OEMs with a condensed overview on how Miniature Zn & ZA-8 high-speed die casting process is the most cost-effective technology for small, complex structural parts.

This bulletin outlines the essential facts design engineers and purchasers should know about today’s specialized machines, the types of component parts that qualify, the part design guidelines the process requires be followed, and cost and lead-time considerations.

To go directly to the OEM Die Cast Design Center’s “Engineering Bulletin” section to download this new Bulletin,click here.

NADCA Collaborative Engineering White Paper

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This in-depth White Paper from the North American Die Casting Assn., offered by CWM, details how collaborative engineering between OEM engineers and custom die caster engineering can result in improved production efficiencies and reduced part costs. The case study method is used to discuss cost-saving opportunities for existing parts at the point of tooling replacement or required product design revisions, as well as for clean sheet designs.

For the free PDF download of this NADCA Engineering Bulletin on “Collaborative Engineering,” go to the “Engineering Bulletin” section of CWM’s Web OEM Dis Cast Design Center (one of 9 resource sections, with over 70 free design guides & aids). To go to the Center’s entry page, click here.