Our Die Casting Technology Center is the heart of K1 Innovation + Performance. This is where we develop ever better tools and engineering solutions to meet the challenges of our customers.

This is the basis for the K1 product family.

K1 Prototyping

HPDC prototypes in 12 weeks


Sustainability through die casting competence! The development intervals for new drive technologies in the automotive industry have been considerably shortened in recent years. It is therefore becoming increasingly important to produce prototypes within a short period of time that demonstrate the properties of the subsequent series production parts. Until now, sand casting was the only way to manufacture comparable cast parts in a short time. The problem: These castings are only conditionally comparable with series production HPDC parts, meaning that “completely” developed die casting components of a series production HPDC die only achieve the required properties following extensive modifications.

K1 Prototyping revolutionizes component development! At K1 Prototyping, we at Heck + Becker do not act as a classic toolmaker, but instead as your comprehensive engineering partner. With our K1 competence platform, we can analyze and optimize the feasibility of your components in the die casting process at a very early stage of development. K1 Prototyping enables the substitution of sand casting! Already 12 weeks after a preliminary “design-freeze” we supply you with die casting components with the properties of the later series production components, so that you can carry out initial trials at a very early stage with congruent components.

Worldwide unique prototype die casting die

Accelerated production time

We enable the continuous further development of your castings. On the one hand, we offer maximum flexibility and time savings, because changes to the components giving the contour can be implemented within the shortest possible time. On the other hand, you can try out and analyse new casting technologies (vacuum, lost cores, temperature control) with us. In our attached Die Casting Technology Center (DTC) you can already cast your prototype castings in the first series with converging parameters for the subsequent series casting.

State-of-the-art systems technology gives you the opportunity to test and improve new and customer-specific technologies. For this purpose we have developed a unique HPDC die that is able to map all casting parts and geometries. The die manufacturing time is additionally accelerated by appropriate material selection and innovative manufacturing processes. Our K1 competence team is looking forward to meeting you!