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Lessons Learned

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There were four important lessons learned in this successful design and production effort at St. Clair Die Casting.

1.  With proper die design and suitable quality requirements, thick-section components can be successfully die cast with high quality, in high volume, and at low cost.

2.  Selection of a special steel die alloy was essential for long die life under high thermal load conditions. 

3.  The use of core pins eliminates two drilling operations and saves machining costs.

4.  Careful engineering design of the runners, gates, and overflows is critical to produce smooth laminar flow, rapid fill, and balanced pressure in the die.  This produces high quality, high density parts.

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