Winners Announced for international die casting design.

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NADCA-sponsored International Die Casting Design Competition showcases outstanding die cast designs. Eight winners and two honorable mentions were chosen this year. According to NADCA design engineer Dan Meyer, "Methods such as automatic de-gating, direct injection, multiple-cavity dies for complex high-tolerance parts, as well as new gating and die designs requiring minimal or no machining of final die casting...showed their applied creativity."



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NADCA Announces the Winners of Its 2009 International Die Casting Design Competition



Wheeling, IL - Each year since 1973, NADCA has sponsored its International Die Casting Design Competition to showcase outstanding die cast designs while acknowledging the continuous contribution die casters provide to the manufacturing industry.

Eight winners were chosen this year and were on display at the 113th Metalcasting Congress in Las Vegas, NV, in April. The top eight submissions and two honorable mention winners represent a range of products touting innovative designs and a vast array of applications.

"For this year's competition, there was no sign of slow down in the area of innovation and pushing the limits of what the die casting process is capable of achieving. Many of the winning die castings utilized revolutionary part and die designs," said NADCA design engineer Dan Meyer. "The die designs allowed production of die castings that greatly increased yields on many fronts. Methods such as automatic de-gating, direct injection, multiple-cavity dies for complex high tolerance parts, as well as new gating and die designs requiring minimal or no machining of the final die casting, were some of the areas die casters showed their applied creativity."

Submitted castings were reviewed by a panel of independent judges from which winners are selected. Categories were grouped by material and include aluminum, zinc and magnesium. For each category, a die casting is evaluated based on ingenuity of casting and product design, overall quality, cost savings and contribution to expanding the market for die casting.

NADCA wishes to thank all the die casters who submitted their entries in the 2009 competition, while congratulating the winners, who are listed below.

For more information on the 2009 International Die Casting Design Competition, visit diecastingdesign.org.

About NADCA
Headquartered in Wheeling, IL, The North American Die Casting Association (NADCA) represents the voice of the die casting industry, representing more than 3,100 individual and some 300 corporate members in the United States, Canada and Mexico. NADCA is committed to promoting industry awareness, domestic growth in the global marketplace and member exposure.

NADCA 2009 International Die Casting Design Competition
- Winners -

Category: Aluminum Die Casting Squeeze/Semi-Solid
Part: Turbocharger Impeller
Material: 319S-T6
Weight: 0.6 lb.
End Market: Automotive
Caster: Aluminum Complex Components Inc.

Category: Magnesium Die Casting Under .5 lb.
Part: Micro Projector Main Housing
Material: AZ91D
Weight: 0.01 lb.
End Market: Computer/Electronics
Caster: Phillips Plastics Corp.
- Magnesium Injection Molding

Category: Aluminum Die Casting Under 1 lb.
Part: Aluminum Mirror Mount
Material: 380
Weight: 0.14 lb.
End Market: Automotive
Caster: Chicago White Metal Casting Inc.

Category: Magnesium Over .5 lb.
Part: Medical Imager Side Wall
Material: AZ91D
Weight: 2.2 lb.
End Market: Medical
Caster: Chicago White Metal Casting Inc.

Category: Aluminum Die Casting 1 to 10 lb.
Part: Control Head Baseplate
Material: 380
Weight: 2.3 lb.
End Market: Medical
Caster: Chicago White Metal Casting Inc.

Category: Zinc Under 6 oz.
non-electroplated
Part: Awning Lock Disk / Sleeve
Material: Zinc # 2
Weight: 3.8 oz.
End Market: Sports / Recreation
Caster: Cast Products Inc.

Category: Aluminum Die Casting Over 10 lb.
Part: Right and Left Hand Snowmobile Clips
Material: 369
Weight: 11 lb.
End Market: Sports/Recreation
Caster: Pace Industries
- St. Paul Division

Category: Zinc Over 6 oz.
non-electroplated
Part: Fire Truck Pump Intake Screen
Material: Zinc #7
Weight: 8.6 oz.
End Market: Industrial / Commercial
Caster: Caudle Mfg. Co. Inc.

- Honorable Mentions -

Honorable Mention 1 to 10 lb.
Part: Axel Carrier Housing
Material: 380
Weight: 9.06 lb.
End Market: Automotive
Caster: Allied Die Casting Company of North Carolina

Honorable Mention over 10 lb.
Part: Mack Truck Grill Surround & Air Intake
Material: 380
Weight: 51 lb.
End Market: Automotive
Caster: Blue Ridge Pressure Castings Inc.

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