Presented by the North American Die Casting Association (NADCA)
Nov. 4, 2021
Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth
Town Hall (downstairs),
Giga Press are a series of aluminium die casting machines manufactured by Idra Group in Italy. They are notable for being the largest high-pressure die casting machines in the world, with a clamping force of 55,000 to 61,000 kilonewtons (5,600 to 6,200 tf). Each machine weighs 410–430 tonnes (900,000–950,000 lb).
Base specification Giga Press machines had been included in Idra’s catalogue since 2018, with usage of a customised OL 6100 CS Giga Press started by Tesla, Inc. in late-2020 for the production of chassis parts for the Tesla Model Y.
Shots of molten aluminium weighing 80 kilograms (180 lb) are injected into the cold-chamber casting mold with a velocity of 10 metres per second (22 mph; 36 km/h). The cycle time is ~80‒90 seconds, allowing an output rate of 40‒45 completed castings per hour, or ~1,000 castings per day.