It is quite clear from all of the WTEC panel's discussions and visits that metal mold casting, in particular high pressure die casting, is the process of choice for shape castings for automotive applications.

Squeeze casting is of interest for high performance components; however, the cost of squeeze casting is an impediment.

Semisolid processing has tremendous potential in that energy savings and enhanced properties and performance of cast components are obtained. Much development work is needed.

It is quite clear that die casting is the preferred route in Japan. In Europe there are other developments in such technologies as lost foam.

Published: March 1997; WTEC Hyper-Librarian