Die Casting 101 / Basics of Design, Terminology and Technology



WMU College of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Grand Rapids Community College's Workforce Training Department are co-hosting a professional development workshop to learn more about the basics of die casting.

Die casting is a versatile process for producing complex-shaped metal parts with a high degree of accuracy and repeatability. Parts made by die casting are critial components in thousands of products, including automobiles, household appliances, farm equipment, power tools, computers and much more. In fact, die castings are used i more applications than components produced by almost any other metal forming process and are among the highest volume mass-produced items manufactured by the metalworking industry as a whole.


The Die Casting 101 workshop will help participants easily understand the die casting process with respect to manufacturing and quality. No formal working knowledge of die casting is required. Participants will explore the many facets of die casting with WMU professor Dr. Sam Ramrattan, who will explain and discuss the design principles, terminology and technology unique to the die casting industry.

Participant benefits:
  • An increased knowledge of the die casting process
  • An understanding of the factors driving cost
  • A better ability to communicate with die casting suppliers
Topics covered:
  • Why choose die casting?
  • Principles of high pressure die casting
  • Components of a high pressure die casting machine
  • A shot and its components
  • Identification of die casting defects and cost

Group Registration for multiple enrollments: Click here for a group registration form
Companies sending 3 or more participants will receive a 10% discount.

Dr. Sam Ramrattan is a Professor in the Department of Engineering Design, Manufacturing and Management Systems at Western Michigan University's College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He received his bachelor's and master's from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, Ph. D. from Iowa State University, and postdoc. from Ames National Laboratory. His area of specialization is materials & processes with an emphasis on casting processes. He is a member of research committees at the American Foundry Society (AFS), technical adviser to the WMU student chapter AFS, a member of the North American Die Casting Association (NADCA), and a key professor for the Foundry Educational Foundation (FEF). He was a receipient of the AFS Scientific Merit Award, AFS Service Citation, the British Foundry Medal, and several outstanding teaching awards. He has published more than 250 technical papers and has been awarded patents. In addition to his work at WMU, Sam has taught at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, Iowa State University and University of Technology Malaysia. He is involved with metal casting research and regularly runs manufacturing related short courses for industry.

This course is not currently scheduled. Please email us at workforcetraining@grcc.edu for information about the next offering or if you are a business looking for customized training.