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MetalsMost Ferrous & Non-FerrousMost Ferrous & Non-FerrousMost Ferrous & Non-FerrousNon-Ferrous Alloys
Component SizeAll SizesSmall - Mid RangeAll SizesSmall - Mid Range
Component Weight< 1 lb - Several Tons< 1 lb - 30 lbs<1 lb - 40 lbs< 1 lb - 20 lbs
Tooling CostsLowMediumMediumHigher
Production CostsLowMediumHigherMedium
Design ComplexityModerateGoodExcellentHigh
Surface FinishRoughSmoothVery SmoothVery Smooth
Dimensional TolerancesModerateGoodVery GoodExcellent
AdvantagesLow tooling costs, any part size, most metals.Good surface finish & dimensional accuracy.Complex items, good surface finish & tolerances.High quality dimensional & surface finish, best for high volume production quantity.
DisadvantagesLower surface finish & dimensional accuracy.Size & weight limitations, higher costs than sand casting.Higher costs than Sand - but compensated for with reduced machining & better surface finish.Limited material options and part size.

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