Casting Iron with Deeco
Iron castings are commonly used in industrial applications that require heavy wall components like valves and pumps. There are several types of iron that are malleable and relatively inexpensive that work well for these types of applications.
Gray iron is an inexpensive and relatively soft type of cast iron that has a graphitic microstructure. The graphite within the iron provides the iron’s gray coloration. Gray iron is the most common cast iron available and the most widely used cast material based on weight.
Ductile iron is an inexpensive and highly flexible cast iron that is rich in graphite material. Due to its soft, but strong nature ductile iron is often used within the automotive industry. Ductile iron was first discovered by Keith Millis in 1943 and is also known as nodular cast iron.
Malleable iron is an inexpensive type of cast iron that exhibits good ductility. Malleable iron is an excellent choice for small castings or castings with thin cross sections. Malleable iron also displays better fracture toughness properties in low temperature environments than other nodular irons.
The inexpensive cost of these materials helps to keep our heavy casting prices low, and since we have been casting iron parts and products for 30 years, we can deliver the highest quality and most consistent iron castings you will find anywhere.
The Iron Casting Experts
Deeco performs different types of iron casting services depending on your product needs. The list below explains two of our popular iron casting services.
- Sand Casting - This process produces iron castings with the lowest instances of porosity and internal flaws. However, no matter what casting method is used, there is always a chance that iron castings will contain some internal porosity, surface imperfections, and sand inclusions on the surface. Due to this, many foundries that are casting iron products, including Deeco, perform secondary machining operations on their iron castings. Post-casting machining allows mills to uncover any possible internal flaws and discard any iron castings that exhibit any type of flaw before they reach the end user.
- Investment Casting – This process involves the pouring of molten metal into an expendable ceramic mold. This form of iron casting dates back thousands of years and although more expensive than sand casting, it is used for thinner sections, near net shape and good surface finish.
Deeco Metals has the skills and the know how to produce high quality, high precision gray iron, ductile iron, and malleable ion castings using any one of our metal casting services.
Contact Deeco Metals today to learn more about our high-quality iron castings.