“When deciding on a casting simulation software, there were a number factors: reasonable cost, ease of use and the ability to perform the basic functions that a high price software performs, and Click2Cast met all those criteria."
WOODLAND/ALLOY CASTING, INC. is a full-service aluminum casting provider, servicing numerous industries including aviation, electrical, industrial, marine and defense. Specializing in green sand molding, air set molding and permanent mold, Woodland/Alloy Casting has the capabilities and expertise to meet is customers’ casting needs ranging from parts weighing just a few ounces to 2000 lbs.
Woodland/Alloy Casting prides itself on delivering quality aluminum castings “on time, every time.” With the convenience of being able to perform molding, core making, melting, heat treatment, cleaning and surface preparation all under one roof, Woodland/Alloy Casting is able to continuously satisfy those time and quality standards for its customers. While exploring ways to simulate solidification and streamline their casting process, Woodland/Alloy Casting discovered solidThinking’s casting simulation software, Click2Cast. Woodland/Alloy Casting found that by employing this intuitive tool it was able to completely optimize and improve their casting process while continuing to maintain the goal of quality castings on time, every time.
SOLIDTHINKING CLICK2CAST IN THE CASTING SIMULATION PROCESS
One of Woodland/Alloy Casting’s most recent projects was transitioning a marine exhaust housing part from a lost foam casting to a sand casting. With this material modification in mind, there were a number of factors to consider when manufacturing this new casting. “We wanted to produce a sound casting, while still keeping ingates and risers to a minimum, this would allow for the yield to remain low and help reduce the time needed to remove the rigging,” explains Andy Ceretto, Quality Control Manager of Woodland/Alloy Casting. In order to create this sand casting, a new gating system was designed that would feed the casting from the bottom flange and push the metal to the top of the casting. Once the updated design was finalized, Woodland/Alloy Casting tested the new gating system by running a simulation in Click2Cast. Woodland/Alloy Casting was able to conclude that the new gating system would produce a casting with zero defects. Before utilizing Click2Cast, Woodland/Alloy Casting would have conducted numer us costly and time consuming tests, requiring a number of molds to determine the outcome of the new gating system. Ceretto states,
“By employing Click2Cast, we were able to conclude the new gating system would work properly after running just two simulations."
With the enhanced casting process in place, Woodland/Alloy Casting is continuing to see the benefits of both cost and time savings due to the simulation capabilities that are offered in Click2Cast. Woodland/Alloy Casting has employed Click2Cast on a number of casting projects since first discovering the software last year and is continuing to explore all the features, settings and tools that the software provides
Aluminum Sand Casting
Transitioning a marine exhaust housing part from a lost foam casting to a sand casting with an updated gating system while still maintaining a sound part.
Employing solidThinking Click2Cast to run a casting simulation on the newly designed gating system of the exhaust housing.
•The simulation ran in Click2Cast produced results that confirmed the new gating design would be sufficient and provide a casting free of defects.
•Reduced time in trial and error in creating numerous gating systems for numerous tests.
•Cost savings in eliminating the process of having to create new gating system samples and molds to test.