NovaCast team complete Tough Mudder for charity

  Billed as “Probably the Toughest Event on the Planet”, Tough Mudder is a uniquely challenging obstacle course that requires endurance, fitness, determination to succeed and a love of mud! So, when Richard Phillips, Sales Director at NovaCast, was looking for events to boost the coffers of the company’s chosen charity, Wiltshire Air Ambulance, the  … Read more

The Difference Between Gravity and Pressure Die Casting

Die casting is one of the most widely used casting processes but what is the difference between Gravity Die Casting and Pressure Die Casting? Both are casting processes used by NovaCast, so we are well placed to explain the differences and discuss the selection criteria. Both forms of Die Casting employ a metal mould into  … Read more

NovaCast Heat Treatment

Heat Treatment of Castings

Heat treatment of castings is primarily used to alter the physical, and sometimes chemical, properties of the cast alloy. Many of the mechanical properties of both ferrous and non-ferrous alloys are determined by their microstructure. Heat treatment Is an efficient way of manipulating the crystalline structure of the alloy to modify its mechanical behaviour in  … Read more

Elements of a Sand Casting Running System

The gating system includes all those elements which connect the pouring ladle to the mould. The various elements include: Pouring Basin or cup, Sprue, Sprue Base Well, Runner, Runner Extension, In-gate and Riser. An effective gating system should: Fill the mould cavity completely before the metal starts to solidify Control the speed that metal enters  … Read more

Focus on Metal Surface Treatments

NovaCast routinely uses a wide range of metal surface treatments on its cast products to enhance their mechanical, electrical or aesthetic properties. Surface treatments and finishes are often applied following surface preparation, usually in the form of fettling, linishing or shot blasting, and any final machining. Here, we focus on the surface treatments most commonly  … Read more

Aluminium Bronze in Metal Casting

The use of Aluminium Bronze in Metal Casting is widespread as it is a remarkably versatile alloy, conforming to the requirements of BS1400, and created when Aluminium is added to Copper as the primary alloying element with smaller amounts of Nickel and Iron to boost corrosion-resistance. Various grades of Aluminium Bronze are available with the  … Read more

What is Shell Mould Casting?

At NovaCast, we offer a wide range of casting process options as each have strengths and weaknesses that make them suited to certain applications and alloy choices. Shell Mould Casting is a metal casting process similar to sand casting, in that molten metal is poured into an expendable sand-based mould. However, in Shell Mould Casting,  … Read more

Types of shrinkage inherent in the casting process

We often say that casting molten metal is like handling a living thing. Understanding how different alloys will react to different casting processes, component geometry, running systems, temperatures, etc. is part of the art of the foundry engineer. In recent years, the wealth of experience built up at the NovaCast Foundry has been enhanced by  … Read more

Engagement with Xylem’s VA/VE Programme delivers improved castings

  Xylem, one of the leading global water technology companies, is committed to an ongoing process of product improvement and cost reduction. It does this, in part, through a Value Assessment and Value Engineering (VA/VE) programme in which it challenges its international supply chain to refine and improve every aspect of what they deliver. As one of Xylem’s  … Read more

NovaCast Donates $2,000 to the Planet Water Foundation

  NovaCast is committed to supporting causes that enhance quality of life in communities around the world, particularly those where interventions can save lives. Having long been a supporter of Xylem Watermark, NovaCast has recently donated $2,000 to the Planet Water Foundation, one of their partner non-profit organisations. The Planet Water Foundation is a US  … Read more