Woodland/Alloy Casting Inc. is a full-service aluminum casting provider,
servicing numerous industries including aviation, electrical, industrial, marine and defense.
Specializing in green sand molding, air set molding and permanent mold, Woodland/Alloy
Casting has the capabilities and expertise to meet is customers’ casting needs ranging from
parts weighing just a few ounces to 2000 lbs.
Woodland/Alloy Casting prides itself on delivering quality aluminum castings “on time, every
time.” With the convenience of being able to perform molding, core making, melting, heat
treatment, cleaning and surface preparation all under one roof, Woodland/Alloy Casting is
able to continuously satisfy those time and quality standards for its customers. While exploring
ways to simulate solidification and streamline their casting process, Woodland/Alloy Casting
discovered solidThinking’s casting simulation software, Altair Inspire Cast. Woodland/Alloy Casting
found that by employing this intuitive tool it was able to completely optimize and improve their
casting process while continuing to maintain the goal of quality castings on time, every time.
Altair Inspire Cast in the Casting Simulation Process
One of Woodland/Alloy Casting’s most recent projects was transitioning a marine exhaust
housing part from a lost foam casting to a sand casting. With this material modification in mind,
there were a number of factors to consider when manufacturing this new casting. “We wanted
to produce a sound casting, while still keeping ingates and risers to a minimum, this would allow
for the yield to remain low and help reduce the time needed to remove the rigging,” explains
Andy Ceretto, Quality Control Manager of Woodland/Alloy Casting. In order to create this
sand casting, a new gating system was designed that would feed the casting from the bottom
flange and push the metal to the top of the casting. Once the updated design was finalized,
Woodland/Alloy Casting tested the new gating system by running a simulation in Altair Inspire Cast.
Woodland/Alloy Casting was able to conclude that the new gating system would produce a
casting with zero defects. Before utilizing Altair Inspire Cast, Woodland/Alloy Casting would have
conducted numerous costly and time consuming tests, requiring a number of molds to determine
the outcome of the new gating system. Ceretto states, “By employing Altair Inspire Cast, we were able to
conclude the new gating system would work
properly after running just two simulations.