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Process Comparison Chart

Process Tool
Cost
Unit
Cost
Metal
Options
Design
Freedom
Volume
Capabil.
Draft
Req'd
Tolerance
Control
Size
Range
Surface
Finish
Wall
Min.
Normal
Delivery
Investment
Cast
Avg. High Most Most All No Avg. Avg. Avg. Small* Avg.
Die Cast High Low Few Least High Yes Avg. Avg. Avg. Avg. Avg.
Forging High Avg. Avg. Least High Yes Poor Avg. Poor Large Long
Permanent
Mold
Avg. Avg. Avg. Avg. All Yes Avg. Avg. Avg. Large Avg.
Plaster
Mold
Low High Few Avg. Low Yes Avg. Avg. Avg. Large Short
Powder
Metal
Avg. Low Avg. Least High No Best Small Best Small Avg.
Resin Shell
Mold
Avg. Avg. Avg. Avg. All Yes Avg. Avg. Poor Large Avg.
Sand Cast Low Avg. Most Avg. All Yes Poor Large Poor Large Short

* Wall thickness "Small" with Hitchiner's® countergravity processes, "Average" with gravity casting.