Forest City Castings (www.forestcitycastings.com) is a specialist in aluminum and zinc castings with in-house mold making and custom CNC machining, and it is a leader in graphite mold casting, which is a lower cost alternative than die casting. With a 3D electronic file in hand, a graphite permanent mold can be delivered in as little as two weeks.
“The speed in which graphite can be machined allows for rapid engineering changes, often in hours or days, as opposed to weeks or months like some alternative methods,” Forest City Castings’ website said. Its production molds are guaranteed for the life of the project. “Parts can be cast with higher accuracy than sand or iron processes.”
Forest City may have casting in its name, but its processes include CAM engineering services, custom machining, plating, painting, chemical coating, silk screening, pad printing, assembly, de-burring, molds, and machine fixtures as well as casting. Forest Casting prides itself on saving, “deliver time and cost by processing a job directly from data to hard tooling, from raw casting to machined and finished parts.”
Forest City Castings is ISO 9001 certified as well as ITAR compliant and registered with Canada’s Controlled Goods Program. Forest City Castings manufactures in a 110,000-square-foot factory with about 80 employees in Ontario, Canada. Its parts are used in numerous industries, including electrical, mechanical hardware, medical, transportation, military, high-tech communications, robotics, nautical, and many others.
“Tolerances of +/- 005-inch as cast eliminates many secondary machining operations. Tooling cost savings are as high as 75 percent,” the website said. To insure machining quality, Forest City Castings uses 4 axis Haas machining centers as wellas a Makino PS95 4 axis machine and a Makino A51 Horizontal. “This allows us to machine whole castings without removing them from the datum, ensuring accuracy and consistency.”
Forest City Castings offers design assistance from the quote through production. “We invest the time at the start of every project before we manufacture anything because we realize that this will make everything smoother down the road. Our goal is continuous improvement and we are always trying to improve our customers parts and our processes,” the site said.