Die Casting Material Selection Guide

In order to get the most out of the die casting process, selecting a suitable die casting material is important. This guide provides detailed information about the most common materials used by Xometry in die casting and their respective benefits and drawbacks.
ADC12 aluminium die cast parts

Whether you’re looking for a lightweight but strong material or something that can withstand high temperatures, you will be able to find suitable materials for die casting among the most common aluminium, zinc and magnesium alloys listed below.

Die Casting Materials and Their Properties

Type of alloy Materials Properties
Aluminium AC 46100 Affordable, non-corrosive, low melting point, and excellent weldability
Aluminium AC 46500 High ductility and strength-to-weight ratio. Suitable for automotive and electrical parts
Aluminium ADC 12 High melting point, expensive, and corrosion-resistant
Aluminium ADC 10 Anti-soldering, excellent machinability and strength, affordable
Aluminium A380 Easy to machine, high ductility, and resistance against wear
Aluminium A383 Heat treatable, good machinability and castability
Aluminium A360 High strength, corrosion resistant, soft, and ductile
Aluminium Al-Si8Cu3 High strength, good electrical conductivity, and suitable for the aerospace industry
Aluminium Al-Si11Cu3 Good electrical conductivity and strength, resistant against corrosion, and easy to machine
Zinc Zamak 2 Low melting point, good ductility, and suitable to manufacture complex shape parts
Zinc Zamak 3 Good dimensional stability, easy to machine, suitable to manufacture gears, toys, and electrical components
Zinc Zamak 4 High melting point, ideal for manufacturing engine parts, and low coefficient of thermal expansion
Zinc Zamak 5 Excellent impact strength, castability, and ductility
Zinc Zamak 7 Low melting point, excellent fluidity, and dimensional stability
Magnesium AZ91D Suitable for automotive, aerospace, and electronics industries. Good castability and strength-to-weight ratio
Magnesium AM60B Low density, lightweight, and good stiffness
Magnesium AS41B Non-toxic, high melting point, excellent electrical conductivity

Die Casting Materials Available at Xometry

Here are some of the widely used materials by Xometry for the die casting manufacturing process:

Material Alternative designations Tensile strength [MPa] Elongation at break [%] Hardness
Aluminium 46100 / ADC 12 / A383 / A360 / Al-Si11Cu3 310 3.5 75
Aluminium 46500 / ADC 10 / A380 / Al-Si8Cu3 317 2.5 80
Zamak 2 ZnAl4Cu3 359 7 100
Zamak 3 ZnAl4 283 10 82
Zamak 4 317 7 86
Zamak 5 ZnAl4Cu1 328 7 91
Zamak 7 ZnAl4Ni 283 13 80

Aluminium Alloys for Die Casting

Aluminium is one of the most popular materials used in die casting as it offers a good balance of strength and weight. It’s also resistant to corrosion and affordable, making it an excellent choice for outdoor applications. 

However, aluminium does have a lower melting point than other materials, so it’s not suitable for high-temperature applications. Some of its alloys ideal for die casting are discussed below.

AC 46100

AC 46100 is an aluminium alloy that’s widely used for die casting. It offers good weldability, strength, and hardness. This alloy also has excellent resistance to corrosion and wear, making it a good choice for applications that require these properties.

However, AC 46100 is not suited for applications that require high temperatures as it has a lower melting point.

AC 46500

AC 46500 aluminium alloy is a high-strength aluminium alloy mainly used to produce die cast parts. Its properties include high ductility, good corrosion resistance, and a high strength-to-weight ratio. 

Typical AC 46500 aluminium alloy applications include automotive parts, electrical components, and industrial machinery. It is also often used in aerospace due to its high strength and corrosion resistance.

ADC 12

ADC 12 offers good weldability and corrosion resistance in die cast parts. It also has a higher melting point than AC 46100, making it a better choice for high-temperature applications. However, this alloy is not as strong as AC 46100 and is more expensive.

ADC 10

ADC 10 is the most commonly used aluminium alloy for die casting precisely machined parts. ADC 10 die cast parts possess high durability, strength, and versatility. This grade is also popular due to its anti-soldering properties and excellent machinability. Automotive, sports equipment, electronics, toys, printer parts, and instruments are some of the most common applications of ADC 10.


A380 aluminium alloy offers high strength and ductility, making it an ideal choice for various applications. It also has excellent resistance to corrosion and wears, making it a good choice for die castings that will be exposed to harsh conditions. 

In addition, A380 is easy to machine and can be welded and repaired. Some of the most common uses for A380 aluminium alloy include engine blocks, transmission cases, and structural components. 


This aluminium grade is generally used for parts that require excellent fluidity and pressure tightness. Products manufactured using A360 aluminium alloy possess high tensile strength and corrosion resistance even at high temperatures. This grade is more ductile than most aluminium alloys and is mainly used to manufacture parts for high-impact applications. 


Al-Si8Cu3 aluminium alloy is a high-strength, corrosion-resistant material that is often used to produce die-cast parts for the aerospace industry. It has a low density and high strength-to-weight ratio. Al-Si8Cu3 also has excellent resistance to fatigue and crack growth. In addition, the alloy’s low thermal expansion coefficient makes it ideal for use in high-temperature applications. 


The composition of Al-Si11Cu3 is aluminum (Al) – 90.5%, silicon (Si) – 10.0%, copper (Cu) – 3.0%. With a tensile strength of 310 MPa and a melting point of 577°C, it offers good castability and is easy to machine. Al-Si11Cu3 is used in the automotive industry for wheels and other parts that require high strength and good corrosion resistance. It is also used in the electrical and electronics industries for connectors and other parts that need good electrical conductivity.

Zinc Alloys for Die Casting

Zinc is a strong and durable material often used for small die castings. It provides high-quality surface finishing and has a high melting point, making it ideal for high-temperature applications. 

However, zinc is also relatively brittle and can be susceptible to corrosion.

Zamak 2

Zamak 2 is a zinc-based alloy that is specially used to manufacture small die cast parts. It has a relatively low melting point of only 427 degrees Celsius. It also has good ductility and can be easily cast into complex shapes. 

This zinc alloy is typically used for making small, intricate parts such as model railway components and costume jewellery. The alloy can also be used for larger parts such as door handles and light fixtures.

Zamak 3

It is an inexpensive alternative to other metals and has several benefits. For example, it is highly corrosion resistant, making it ideal for outdoor applications. In addition, the metal has a low melting point, making it easier to work with. Zamak 3 has good dimensional stability, meaning that it holds its shape well under stress. 

The metal is also relatively strong and hard, making it suitable for use in various industries. Some of the most common uses of this zinc alloy include electrical components, gears, toys, and door handles.

Zamak 4

It has good mechanical properties and a high melting point, making it ideal for engine parts, power tools, and hand-held electronics. The alloy is also corrosion resistant and has a low thermal expansion coefficient, which helps prevent warping during the casting process. Zamak-4 has a composition of 97.5% zinc, 2% aluminum, 0.3% copper, and 0.2% magnesium. 

The addition of aluminium gives the alloy a higher melting point and greater strength than pure zinc. The copper and magnesium improve the casting properties of the alloy and give it a more malleable, or pliable, quality.

Zamak 5

Zamak-5 is a versatile zinc alloy that can be used in a variety of applications due to its good mechanical properties and castability. It is composed of 97% zinc and 3% aluminium, and it is known for its high ductility and impact strength. 

This alloy has a 7.1 g/cm3 density and a 310 MPa tensile strength. Its thermal conductivity is 116 W/m-K. Applications for Zamak-5 include automotive parts, electrical components, and consumer goods.

Zamak 7

A high-strength zinc alloy, Zamak-7 is perfect for die casting. With a lower melting point than other alloys, it is easier to cast and has excellent fluidity. This makes it ideal for complex parts with intricate details. It also has good dimensional stability and resistance to corrosion. 

Parts made with this zinc alloy include gears, levers, knobs, and handles. It has a composition of 97% zinc, 3% aluminum, and 0.2% copper. Its thermal conductivity is the same as Zamak-5.

Other than these, some other zinc alloys, such as ZA-8, ZA-12, and ZA27, are also extensively used in the die casting industry.

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