An innovative tooling design from Contech, Portage, Mich., made possible a large, complex housing for a rack and pinion steering gear used in Toyota Tundra and Sequoia trucks. A two-cavity die and proprietary P2000 HVSC (high-vacuum squeeze casting) process let Contech meet Toyota's burst test and end cost targets. The parts were cast on a 2,000-ton Prince DMC (die casting machine) that puts a vertical shot into a verticle split die outfitted with horizontally moving die blocks.

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