Multi-directional unibody casting
An illustration of the multi-directional casting machine for a vehicle frame.
Central hub and cover die
An illustration of a cover die of the multi-directional casting machine. The machine’s central hub may include a base platen or plate with a die portion (e.g., cover die portion), with individual sides corresponding to left, front, right, rear, and bottom sides), fixedly positioned or coupled to the base plate.
The Multi-Directional Unibody Casting Machine’s central hub may include multiple faces or sides (left, front, right, rear, and bottom.) "While illustrated as extending either parallel or perpendicular relative to each other, … the sides may extend at an angle (e.g., obliquely) relative to each other. The central hub may be configured as a substantially solid block (e.g., a monolithically formed block), wherein each side … acts as a platen or plate with corresponding die portions attached to a side of the central hub."
View from above
A top view of a portion of the multi-directional casting machine for vehicle frames. The die casting machine may include multiple injectors fluidly coupled to the die portions and configured to inject molten metal into the mold cavity formed by the multiple corresponding die portions, and/or to form a casting of the vehicle frame. A side or die may include more than one injector, or no injectors.
Molten metal is injected from multiple points into the mold cavity, as well as into multiple cavity or recess portions of corresponding dies. This cross-sectional view shows a portion of the diecasting machine and a cast vehicle frame. Molten metal may be injected into a cavity portion of a first ejector die portion corresponding to or forming a side frame component.
Multiple injection points
Molten metal is injected into the mold cavity from multiple injection points. This close-up view of the cavity portion shows how molten metal from multiple injectors enters and fills the cavity portion in opposite directions (e.g., toward each other as identified by arrows A and B) to form the B-Pillar.
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