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Sand Casting and Prototypes

In as many projects as we can we like to be involved in the early stages of design and development.  By doing this we can work along side designers and offer advice on the product design to optimise the performance and cost of the casting.  Early involvement in a project enables a smooth transition from initial concept and prototyping through to volume manufacture as either a gravity or high pressure casting.

Sand Casting:

We work in partnership with a sand foundry to offer sand castings in a range of alloys which are machined in-house.  Sand casting is ideal when there is lower volume which does not justify the investment in gravity or high pressure tooling.  The start up costs are lower as the moulds are made from wooden or resign patterns and there can be a quick turn around achieved.


There are a range of options we can offer for prototyping.  Firstly there is the sand casting option described above which is best for repeat prototypes/low volume production.  However when you are looking to replicate a high pressure casting it is very hard to do as thin wall sections can not be achieved by sand casting.  We can now offer a service where moulds are 3d printed and metal is injected into the mould under vacuum.  This means we can replicate the design characteristics of a high pressure casting and importantly the prototypes is made in the same alloy as it would be under volume production.   Prototypes like these can be usually turned around in two weeks.

We can also machine prototypes from solid in our extensive CNC machine shop.  On a number of occasions we have manufactured machined from sold prototypes while gravity and high pressure tooling is being manufactured.  This enabled our customer to build and test their products and implement any changes required  while the tool was still being manufactured.

Successful Subcon Show

We are just back from the Birmingham NEC where we were exhibiting at the Subcon Show.  We had a range of gravity die castings and high pressure die castings on our stand and we are please to say that it was a very successful show.  We would like to thank everyone that visited us over the 3 days and hope that it was worthwhile.   For any follow up enquiries from the exhibition please email: [email protected]



Subcon Exhibition 2015 – Stand S332



Carlton Die Castings is once again exhibiting at the Subcon Exhibition at the Birmingham NEC from the 2nd – 4th June.  Subcon is the UK’s only event that is completely focused on contract and subcontract manufacturing, including machining, moulding, fabrication, electronics assembly, casting and forging, finishing and treatments. Subcon also offers access to global markets, with many overseas countries being represented in 2015, including;  Spain, Italy, Portugal, Denmark, Sweden, Hungary, Greece, Latvia, Czech Rep, India, Taiwan, China and the USA.

For ourselves it gives us the perfect opportunity to showcase some of our gravity die castings and high pressure die castings which we currently manufacture.  This year we have a range of new die castings on show which highlight our casting and machining capability.  For more information please visit the following link and hopefully we will see you on our stand.


5’s With Scottish Enterprise

Last month we started our journey into lean manufacturing and with the help of Scottish Enterprise we have started 5’s within Carlton’s.

Our 5’s team is headed up by Blair and the first area that is area that is being concentrated on is our fettling and dispatch area. Over the last 4 weeks we have already seen some great changes which has improved the flow of material through this area. This has included re-positioning a CNC and washing machine and moving the hand finishing and final inspection areas. We have also started removing the old bitchumen flooring to expose the concrete underneath. This will enable us to paint the floor to indicate path ways and work areas. We will keep giving updates over the coming months as we continue our journey.











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Our new site tells you all about our company, a brief outline of our history and also showcases some of the die castings we are currently manufacturing. We will also be updating this blog section with company news to keep our customers updated with what is happening at Carlton’s along with relevant industry news. We will also be running a ‘get to know our employees blog’ where every month a member of our staff is featured to let you get to know our team a little better.

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