Manufacturing a die-cast workpiece with a thermal spray coating usually requires multiple steps. An alternative approach demonstrated in this study integrates the spray process into a high-pressure die casting step, eliminating the need for surface preparation and post processing of the coating. To achieve this, the coating is applied to a mold insert rather than the workpiece. During pressure casting, the melt infiltrates the coating and thus creates a joint. Depending on the coating and substrate, a bonding connection similar to brazing is possible. The ability to manufacture coatings this way makes it possible to coat inside diameters well below the limit of an internal spray gun.

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