Permanent and Semi-Permanent Mold Capabilities

Watry has one of the most modern permanent mold foundries in the country. We design our own casting equipment and use the latest in PLC controls to ensure accuracy and consistency in our process parameters. We often employ robotics in pouring and casting extraction. Watry’s universal mold mounting system minimizes set-up time while maximizing versatility between available casting equipment. This translates into an on time delivery record that’s second to none.

Aluminum Castings: Process Comparisons

Process Typical Size Range Tolerances Surface Finish Min. Draft Required Min. Section Thickness Typical Tooling Costs Part Cost Nominal Lead Time
V-PROCESS Up to 150 lbs +.010″ for the first 1″, then add +.002″ per inch.
Add a maximum .020″ across parting line.
125 – 150 RMS None .125″ $3000-$15,000 Very High Samples: 2 to 6 weeks.
Production: 2 to 6 weeks after approval.
Sand Castings Ounces to tons +1/32″ to 6″, then add + .003″ per inch.
Add + .020 to .090″ across parting line.
250-500 RMS 1 to 5 degrees .25″ $2000-$15,000 Low Samples: 2 to 6 weeks.
Production: 2 to 6 weeks after approval.
Investment (lost Wax) Ounces to 20 lbs + .003″ to 1/4″
+ .004″ to 1/2″
+ .005″ to 3″, then add + .003″ per inch
63-125 RMS None .060″ $3000-$20,000 High Samples: 8 to 10 weeks.
Production: 5 to 12 weeks after approval.
Permanent Mold Ounces to 100 lbs + .015″ to 1″, then add + .002″ per inch.
Add + .010″ to .030″ across parting line.
150-300 RMS 2 to 5 degrees .150″ $10,000-$50,000 Low Samples: 8 to 20 weeks.
Production: 10 to 12 weeks after approval.
Plaster Mold Ounces to 50 lbs + .005″ to 2″, then add + .002″ per inch. Add + .010″ across parting line. 63-125 RMS 1/2 to 2 degrees .070″ $3000-$15,000 High Samples: 2 to 10 weeks.
Production: 4 to 8 weeks after approval.
Die Casting Ounces to 15 lbs + .002″ per inch.
Add + .015″ across parting line.
32-63 RMS 1 to 3 degrees .030″ to .060″ $125,000-$250,000 Lower Samples: 12 to 22 weeks.
Production: 8 to 14 weeks after approval.