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Castings | What’s the Difference Between Molding and Casting?

What are castings?

Casting and molding are fundamental techniques in the metalworking process. Many industries rely on casting and molding to produce their signature products. Let’s take a look at the difference between moldings and castings to help you decide which one is best for your next project.

Molding

Molding is the process by which we take an object and create an impression of it in some sort of material. Generally, an initially soft material is poured or spread around the object and allowed to harden or set, creating a negative imprint of the object. Moldings can be made in either one piece or multiple pieces. While the type of molding material used depends on the size and shape of that object, some popular options include plaster and silicon.

Casting

Casting is done once a mold of an object is available. If the mold is made up of multiple pieces, it is put together securely and the casting material is applied. Casting creates an exact replica of the object that was molded, with only some slight sanding needing to be done. Various types of metals are commonly used in the casting process, including aluminum, copper, magnesium, iron, and zinc.

Are You in Need of Castings?

At Ferralloy, we offer molding and casting at competitive prices. No matter what the project is, we will work with you to make sure that you get the completed product in a timely manner and that it meets all your specifications. Contact us today to learn more about the products that we offer.

 

What's the difference between castings and moldings?