2024 Die Casting Competition

Calling all Castings (Deadline: July 1, 2023)

To be a winner in today’s economy, you must meet — and even exceed — expectations. In a competitive global market, customers take notice of the best. The North American Die Casting Association (NADCA) knows that competition improves the competitor. With its annual Die Casting Competition, it recognizes, rewards and publicizes the outstanding casting designs of the year. Each entry is judged on its design, quality, cost savings, ingenuity, innovation and market-expanding potential.

Winners will be featured in national industry magazines including Die Casting Engineer and will also be displayed at the 2024 Die Casting Congress & Exposition in Indianapolis, IN in September. Entering and winning is one of the best ways to gain visibility with leading decision-makers. How can you afford not to compete?

Any number of castings may be entered. Submit a separate entry form for each casting or assembly of castings. As-cast part samples are REQUIRED with each entry form. The metal surface cannot be improved or concealed by tumbling, shot blasting, coating or other surface treatments. NADCA encourages sending secondary processed samples, but only in addition to the as-cast parts.

All castings submitted for the competition MUST have approval in writing (email is acceptable) from the customer stating their permission to enter their die cast part in the competition. Entrants may request that certain information, such as customer names, be withheld from public use in exhibitions, magazine articles and other publications.

Judging is conducted by an independent panel of experts from the die casting industry, with no ties to eligible companies. The four equally weighed criteria are ingenuity of casting/product design, overall quality, cost savings and market-expanding potential.

The competition is open to die castings in these categories:
• Aluminum under 1 pound 
• Aluminum 1-to-10 pounds 
• Aluminum over 10 pounds 
• Aluminum structural/high integrity (squeeze, semi-solid, high vacuum)
• Aluminum any size with decorative finish (requires 2 castings to be submitted: as-cast condition and finished condition)

• Magnesium under .5 pound 
• Magnesium over .5 pounds 

• Zinc under 6 oz./non-electroplated
• Zinc over 6oz./non-electroplated
• Zinc any size with decorative finish (requires 2 castings to be submitted: as-cast condition and finished condition)

Other Alloy Families
• Any size, base alloy excludes Al, Mg, Zn

To enter – complete the online form below. Please send all sample castings to:

North American Die Casting Association
International Die Casting Design Competition
3250 N Arlington Heights Rd., Ste. 101 • Arlington Heights, IL 60004
All entries must be received by July 1, 2024.  

Thank you for submitting your entry form.  Please remember to send in your As-cast Part Sample (Gates and Overflows Trimmed)* Castings cannot be returned and become the property of NADCA to be used for publication and promotional purposes,  STEP/OBJ file of casting and End Market Image (high resolution, will be used in the printed article featured in Die Casting Engineer Magazine).