Magnesium casting has been produced around the globe for many years. Casting magnesium is done in a variety of ways: sand casting, permanent mold casting, die-casting, and pressure casting, to name a few. Magnesium castings have been used in various consumer goods including the housing on video cameras, computer frames, and sporting goods. The magnesium casting market is continuing to expand into the automotive and aeronautical industries.
Magnesium casting is being used for an increasing number of structural applications, specifically in automotive and aerospace engineering. Casting with magnesium allows companies to reduce the component mass in their products. Magnesium casting also has superior product performance in comparison with other metals.
When die-casting magnesium, there is optimal control in the manufacturing process, producing materials with strength and ductility. Casting magnesium with the appropriate material grade, and designing components and manufacture, machining, and assembly processes are the focus of REL Machine.
Magnesium casting shows exceptional dimensional stability. In addition, magnesium—with its lower heat content—will solidify at a faster rate, which means shorter cycle times. Cast magnesium alloys do not usually require annealing or stress relieving treatments, either. Using magnesium castings, companies can reduce overall machining costs and increase their tool life. Casting with magnesium and other lightweight metal matrix composites is an REL specialty.