Metal Fabrication Method Quick Comparison Chart

Quick Fabrication Method Comparison

Investment Cast Comparison Chart

Choose a Metal Fabrication Method and Compare to Investment Casting.

  1. Die Cast
  2. Powdered Metal
  3. Stamping
  4. Forging
  5. Permanent Mold
  6. Plaster Mold
  7. Sand Casting
  8. Metal Fabrication
Die Cast
  Investment Cast Die Cast
Design Freedom Most Most
Tolerance Control Best Best
Surface Finish Good Best
Metal Selection Most Few
Size Range Average Average
Volume Capability All High
Lead Time Medium Long
Tool Cost Average High
Unit Cost Average Low
Added Machining Average Low
Powdered Metal
  Investment Cast Powdered Metal
Design Freedom Most Least
Tolerance Control Best Best
Surface Finish Good Best
Metal Selection Most Average
Size Range Average Small
Volume Capability All High
Lead Time Medium Medium
Tool Cost Average Average
Unit Cost Average Low
Added Machining Average Low
Stamping
  Investment Cast Stamping
Design Freedom Most Average
Tolerance Control Best Best
Surface Finish Good Best
Metal Selection Most Average
Size Range Average Average
Volume Capability All High
Lead Time Medium Medium
Tool Cost Average High
Unit Cost Average Low
Added Machining Average Low
Forging
  Investment Cast Forging
Design Freedom Most Least
Tolerance Control Best Poor
Surface Finish Good Average
Metal Selection Most Average
Size Range Average Average
Volume Capability All High
Lead Time Medium Long
Tool Cost Average Average
Unit Cost Average Average
Added Machining Average High
Permanent Mold
  Investment Cast Permanent Mold
Design Freedom Most Average
Tolerance Control Best Average
Surface Finish Good Average
Metal Selection Most Average
Size Range Average Average
Volume Capability All All
Lead Time Medium Medium
Tool Cost Average Average
Unit Cost Average Average
Added Machining Average Average
Plaster Mold
  Investment Cast Plaster Mold
Design Freedom Most Average
Tolerance Control Best Average
Surface Finish Good Average
Metal Selection Most Few
Size Range Average Average
Volume Capability All Low
Lead Time Medium Short
Tool Cost Average Low
Unit Cost Average High
Added Machining Average Average
Sand Casting
  Investment Cast Sand Casting
Design Freedom Most Average
Tolerance Control Best Poor
Surface Finish Good Poor
Metal Selection Most Most
Size Range Average Large
Volume Capability All All
Lead Time Medium Medium
Tool Cost Average Low
Unit Cost Average Average
Added Machining Average High
Metal Fabrication
  Investment Cast Metal Fabrication
Design Freedom Most Average
Tolerance Control Best Average
Surface Finish Good Poor
Metal Selection Most Average
Size Range Average Large
Volume Capability All All
Lead Time Medium Short
Tool Cost Average Low
Unit Cost Average High
Added Machining Average High