Industries Served
  Patterns & Tooling
  Quality Assurance
  Services Offered
  Carbon Steels
  Stainless Steels
  Low Alloy Steels
  Heat Resistant Alloys
  Nickel & Nickel Alloys
  Copper & Copper Alloys
  Aluminum Alloy Castings
Casting Design and Engineering – Tooling

Dickson can create new tooling based on your requirements or employ customer supplied tooling. In many cases we can adapt existing tooling to run on our machines with little or no cost to you the customer. Prototypes of your casting design can be made if required. Prototypes can be created by epoxy and rubber tooling, machined wax pattern or stereolithography.

Wax injection

We utilize automatic and manual injection machines. This includes soluble wax cores needed to produce intricate internal features. At Dickson, it’s common to have high and low volume jobs being processed simultaneously.

Shell Building

We build ceramic shell molds using the best materials and the latest technology available, all in a well-controlled environment. We control, monitor and adjust the process as required to yield a strong well-built shell.


Dickson gravity pours castings from 1 oz. to 120 lbs. in a wide array of alloys including carbon steels, low alloy, stainless steels, duplex alloys, nickel base, tool steels and many copper based alloys. Our ability to alloy and melt large and small charges provides our customer greater flexibility in scheduling and pricing. We specialize in high alloy heat and corrosion resistant stainless.


Dickson relies on rapid gate stock removal using automatic pressure assist grinding machines. The ability to grind cast parts uniformly and quickly means higher production rates and faster delivery to you, our customer. We also offer vibratory finishing which avoids hand-polishing labor on many castings.

Heat Treatment

In many cases, heat treatment is needed either before or after machining. Dickson offers annealing and or hardening as required.


We’re capable of machining castings to your specifications. This has proved to be a positive value added service that is on the rise. Pressure testing of machined castings is also available.

Testing Services

Our test lab utilizes a modern (2003) spectrograph. We offer non-destructive testing including chemical analysis, magnetic particle and liquid penetrant inspections. Destructive testing includes charpy, impact, tensile & yields.

Quality Assurance

Quality is the highest priority in every area of production. Statistical process control and employee initiative contribute to insuring that our customers consistently receive the highest quality castings possible.

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