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Thixomolding produces fully-dense magnesium parts, similar to die casting, using an injection molding press. Thixomolding differs from die-casting in several important ways:
In thixomolding, chipped magnesium is heated and worked into a thixotropic,
or gel-like, state by a reciprocating screw. The magnesium is then force into a
steel mold at a very high speed under intense pressure.
Proto Labs offers more detailed information about thixomolding on its website, including process details, design guidelines and FAQs.
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