Differences Between Investment and Die Casting

Jul 4, 2023

While the processes utilize similar manufacturing techniques, there are meaningful differences between investment and die casting. Here are three of them:

  1. Die casting can only be used for non-ferrous metals, while investment casting can be used for both ferrous and non-ferrous alloys.
  2. In investment casting, production dies are single-use ceramic molds that are broken off the casting after cooling. Die casting molds are reusable.
  3. Parts made with investment casting typically require little or no finishing and machining work. Die cast parts usually require post-casting processing.

As a general rule, investment casting is best used when high-precision, complex, top-quality parts are required.