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  Mould and Pattern Cost for Cast Iron Sand Castings, Lost Wax Cast Steel Castings  
 

Some clients were confused about the mould costs, or pattern costs. We will briefly introduce the mould pattern costs for cast iron sand castings, cast steel lost wax investment castings, and metal patterns for die castings. For China Foundries, the mould (pattern) cost is separated with the casting prices. You must pay for the pattern cost in advance.

Function of Casting Patterns

No pattern, no castings. The patterns are the necessary tools for casting production. Nobody can produce metal castings without any patterns. You could call it as pattern cost, mould cost, tooling cost, or initial cost.

Types of Casting Patterns

The patterns have different materials for different casting processes. For example, the sand casting processes could use wooden pattern, resin (plastic) pattern, aluminum pattern and iron pattern. The lost wax investment casting process will use aluminum pattern or iron patterns. The die casting process will use alloy steel patterns.

Wooden pattern only can be used for making some prototype or rough samples, can not be used for batch production, because wooden patterns will get deformation after a while.

Price Estimation of Casting Patterns

For the clients, it is too difficult to estimate the pattern cost, since there are many factors could affect the pattern costs, and the price ranges are very large, from hundreds dollars to tens of thousands of dollars.

Herein, we just list the normal price range of different casting processes and castings. Just for your reference.

 

Casting Process

Very simple shape

Normal complex shape

Very complex shape

Small size (USD)

Large size (USD)

Small size (USD)

Large size (USD)

Small size (USD)

Large size
(USD)

Manual green sand casting
(Resin Pattern)

330

650

480

800

650

1000

Manual green sand casting
(Aluminum Pattern)

500

800

650

1000

800

1100

Shell molding casting
(Iron Pattern)

800

1300

1000

1500

1100

1600

Automatic molding casting
(Iron Pattern)

1600

2400

2400

3200

3200

4000

Resin sand casting process
(Resin Pattern)

650

1000

800

1100

1000

1500

Resin sand casting process
(Aluminum Pattern)

800

1130

1000

1300

1100

1500

Lost wax investment casting
(Metal Pattern)

500

800

650

1000

800

1100

Aluminum die casting
(Metal Pattern)

5000

10000

8000

16000

13000

26000

 

Ownership of Patterns (Casting Moulds)

Once clients paid for the patterns, then the client will own the patterns. The Chinese foundries should not produce castings by these patterns for any other clients. Otherwise, they will breach the copyright of the client.

The client has the right to move the patterns to any other manufacturers, foundries. The Chinese foundries should help the moving.

Pattern Cost Refunding and Working Lifetime

If the foundries failed to make qualified samples or batch production, they should refund the pattern cost to clients, or send the patterns to other foundries.

The pattern mould cost is one-time cost, clients only need to pay for the pattern for one time. The foundries and casting manufacturers should maintain and repair the patterns by their own cost. Of course, if the current patterns are not enough for large quantity production, clients may require to make more sets of pattern to speed up the production, then the clients should pay for the more patterns.

For any question about pattern and mould costs, please contact our Dandong Foundry.

The followings are some photos for various patterns.

Iron Pattern for Automatic Molding

Aluminum Pattern for Manual Green Sand

Resin Pattern for Resin Sand

Metal Pattern for Shell Molding

Aluminum Pattern for Resin Sand

Wooden Pattern for Sand Casting

 

For the accurate cast iron casting prices, please refer to our "Cast Iron Price Calculator".

For the cast steel casting prices, please refer to our "Cast Steel Price Calculator".

 

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