SME Chapter 354 and Chapter 77 February Plant Tour 1343
SME Chapter 354 and Chapter 77 February Plant Tour
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4150 St Cloud Dr
Loveland, CO 80538
(970) 593-0033
February 28, 2023 5:00 PM

Parkway owns one of three North American Magnesium Thixomolding operations. This complementing technology is an alternative material product solution enabling customers to manufacture parts with properties that do not exist with die cast and injection molded parts. 

Magnesium Thixomolding is a niche process that is similar to Thermoplastic Injection Molding but uses magnesium alloy ingot chips instead of polymer pellets. This process combines the material benefits of die casting with the manufacturing flexibility and fine detail of injection molding, allowing manufacturers to integrate the mechanical and thermal conductivity properties of magnesium as well.

Magnesium Thixomolding is accomplished by feeding small chips of magnesium alloy into the molding machine’s barrel, which brings the alloy up to the necessary temperature (~1,040 – 1,100°F). Combined with the machine’s rotating screw, the alloy chips become a mixture of liquid and solid, or “thixotropic” slush, and is rapidly injected (start to finish ~40 milliseconds) into the mold cavity where the magnesium cools. This process eliminates additional thermal processing and the need for additional machining as components can be molded with greater detail, much thinner walls, and to near net shapes. In addition, less energy is consumed than magnesium die casting, harmful gases aren’t emitted, and fire hazards are reduced, and results in a finished product with far less porosity and improved fracture mechanics compared to die casting.

After the tour there will be a networking dinner at:

The Boot Grill
4164 Clydesdale Pkwy, Loveland, CO 80538
(970) 685-4737

There is no cost for the tour.
Cash bar and individual checks for dinner.

Please make separate reservations for the tour and dinner by 02/24.

To make reservations contact Chuck Outapalik at 720.253.6412 or email

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Date & Time
Tuesday February 28th, 2023 5:00pm MST
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Tuesday February 28th, 2023 7:00pm MST
Parkway Products
4150 St Cloud Dr.
Loveland, CO 80538
United States
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