FAQs

Alloy Casting
3900 Peachtree Rd
Mesquite, TX  75180

1.800.527.1318

jonalloy@aol.com

1. How do I find out what designs are available?
2. How do I order an existing design?
3. How do I create a new custom design for my application?
4. How do I replicate an existing or antique design?
5. Do you provide your designs in cast iron, brass, bronze, mild steel or stainless steel?
6. Can aluminum castings be attached to steel?
7. How do you make an aluminum casting?
8. What can aluminum alloy be used for?
9. Exactly what is an aluminum alloy?
10. Do you use recycled aluminum cans?
11.  At what temperature does aluminum melt?
12. How much aluminum do you use per month?
13. How durable is recycled aluminum?
14. Will aluminum castings rust?
15. Are aluminum castings bendable?
16. Do you have an AutoCad library of your designs?
17. Does the foundry use AutoCad to make pattern and tooling?

 

1. How do I find out what designs are available? 
Our team of designers are constantly coming up with new ideas and improvements on old ones.  Order our
catalog to view our complete line of commercial and retail products.


2. How do I order an existing design?'width' is a duplicate attribute name. Line 1, position 37.
After you have ordered and received your Alloy Casting
catalog call 1-800-527-1318 or go to the ordering page.  Give us the part number and Alloy will ship directly via UPS or common carrier.  Alloy Casting takes Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover.


3. How do I create a new custom design for my application?'width' is a duplicate attribute name. Line 1, position 37.
Fax, email, or mail Alloy Casting a sketch or drawing with complete dimensions and we can quote you pricing on making the pattern; fabricating any permanent tooling necessary and the cost to make the aluminum casting.  Alloy can turnkey your casting from inception to final product.


4. How do I replicate an existing or antique design?'width' is a duplicate attribute name. Line 1, position 37.
Send Alloy Casting a sketch or photograph with product dimensions and quantity needed.  We will quote you the most economical way to reproduce your piece.  Time and money can be saved by sending an original piece to the foundry.


5. Do you provide your designs in cast iron, brass, bronze, mild steel or stainless steel ?'width' is a duplicate attribute name. Line 1, position 37.
Yes, the same patterns and tooling used to cast aluminum designs are also used to cast designs in other metals.


6. Can aluminum castings be attached to steel?'width' is a duplicate attribute name. Line 1, position 37.
Although aluminum cannot be directly welded to steel, Alloy Casting can cast and form a steel clip or bolt into the aluminum to provide a welding interface.


7. How do you make an aluminum casting?'width' is a duplicate attribute name. Line 1, position 37.
The answer to this question has several steps:


Step 1
- Sand, clay, and water are blended together into a tacky mixture.  When pressed together like a snowball it sticks together into a coherent mass.


Step 2
- This sand mixture is rammed and pressed against both sides of a designed pattern.


Step 3
- The pattern is removed and the cavity remaining in the sand is the negative image of the pattern.


Step 4
- Molten aluminum is poured into this cavity to give a raw casting that reproduces the original designed pattern.


Step 5
- The sand mold, now hardened by the heat of the molten metal, is broken apart to release the raw casting.


Step 6
- The raw casting is then sandblasted and cleaned to give a final casting ready for shipment.


8. What can aluminum alloy be used for?'width' is a duplicate attribute name. Line 1, position 37.
Aluminum alloy can be used for a multitude of different purposes ranging from ornamental or decorative pieces such as wall fixtures to commercial/industrial use in machines and tools. Other applications include functional retail items such as furniture and also architectural uses such as building restoration and refabrication, designs for gates, fences, and hand rails.


9. Exactly what is an aluminum alloy?'width' is a duplicate attribute name. Line 1, position 37.
Aluminum alloy is a combination of aluminum and certain other types of metals that form together to make a single metal alloy that possesses characteristics of all the various elements used. Depending on what the alloy is going to be used for, different metals will be mixed in with the aluminum. For example, high magnesium content for superior corrosion resistance. High copper or zinc for superior strength.


10. Do you use recycled aluminum cans?'width' is a duplicate attribute name. Line 1, position 37.
No. Aluminum cans are made from a different family of alloys than the aluminum we use for our products.


11. At what temperature does aluminum melt?'width' is a duplicate attribute name. Line 1, position 37.
Aluminum has a melting point between 1050 to 1150 degrees Fahrenheit. The different temperatures are a function of varying alloy constituents.


12. How much aluminum do you use per month?'width' is a duplicate attribute name. Line 1, position 37.
In our factory, we use approximately 20,000 to 40,000 pounds or about 15 tons per month.


13. How durable is recycled aluminum?'width' is a duplicate attribute name. Line 1, position 37.
There is basically no difference between new aluminum and recycled aluminum. The properties inherent to this type of metal along with other metals mixed in for added strength allow it to be used many times without losing its natural durability.


14. Will aluminum castings rust?'width' is a duplicate attribute name. Line 1, position 37.
Aluminum will not rust. Rust is a word normally associated with steel and iron products. But aluminum can corrode in a corrosive (sea coast) environment where residual amounts of copper sets up galvanic corrosion with the aluminum and leaves a white chalky coating (just like your battery terminals). This corrosive action can be greatly reduced or eliminated with the proper selection of a higher purity alloy, typically 535 (al-mag).


15. Are aluminum castings bendable?'width' is a duplicate attribute name. Line 1, position 37. 

The alloys used for castings are not normally bendable but we have developed several proprietary blends that are malleable (EC, EC5, and CA5)


16. Do you have an AutoCad library of your designs?'width' is a duplicate attribute name. Line 1, position 37.
Yes, we have a complimentary library disc with 500 AutoCad drawings of our more popular designs


17. Does the foundry use AutoCad to make pattern and tooling?'width' is a duplicate attribute name. Line 1, position 37.
Yes, much of the commercial and architectural pattern work begins by translating the drawings into AutoCad language for tooling fabrication. Your own STP file or AutoCad drawing submittal will help lower the cost of the tooling and patterns. We are compatible with most 3D modeling software including AutoCad, TurboCad, PlasmaCad, Rhino and Solid works.