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Property Name   Centrifugal Casting
ShapesThin-walled: Cylindrical, Solid: Cylindrical
(Thin-walled: Complex, Solid: Complex)
Part sizeDiameter: 1 - 120 in.
Length: Up to 50 ft.
Weight: Up to 5 tons
MaterialsMetals, Alloy Steel, Carbon Steel, Cast Iron, Stainless Steel, Aluminum, Copper, Nickel 
Surface finish - Ra (μin)63 - 500
(32 - 500)
Tolerance (in.)± 0.01
(± 0.002)
Max wall thickness0.1 - 5.0 
Quantity100 - 10000
(1 - 10000)
Lead timeWeeks
AdvantagesCan form very large parts, Good mechanical properties, Good surface finish and accuracy, Low equipment cost, Low labor cost, Little scrap generated 
DisadvantagesLimited to cylindrical parts, Secondary machining is often required for inner diameter, Long lead time possible 
ApplicationsPipes, wheels, pulleys, nozzles 
Typical values shown first (Feasible values in parentheses)

Disclaimer: All process specifications reflect the approximate range of a process's capabilities and should be viewed only as a guide. Actual capabilities are dependent upon the manufacturer, equipment, material, and part requirements.