NuCast Commercial Flight Aluminum Casting

Standard Practices

Technical information about investment casting
standard practices.

Listed below you will find the standard industry values for a number of different dimensions that are measured for compliance when we produce your aluminum investment casting. Requested variations from standard practice usually result in a more expensive process and product. If at all possible, it is a very good idea to stay within standard practices for any casting you would have Nu-Cast produce for you.


As a general rule, a 0.03 maximum corner and a 0.06 minimum fillet are recommended. Smaller radii are possible depending on the complexity of the design.


Angular tolerances of +/-1/2 degree are normal.

Flatness and Straightness

When a high degree of flatness and straightness is required, castings must be mechanically straightened; however, proper design can control distortion and minimize straightening functions. Flatness and straightness tolerances are .003 to .005 TIR per linear inch and depend on alloy properties and configurations of part.

Hole Tolerances

The hole tolerances for round, square and D-holes are:

up to .250″ I.D.+/-.003
.250″ to .500″ I.D.+/-.004
over .500″ I.D.+/-.005

Surface Finish

NAS 823 visual comparison. Normal-125 Ra Premium-63 Ra


Generally draft allowance can be disregarded .


The general linear tolerances can be held for diameter.


The general section thickness tolerances will prevail.