Casting Source shares some of the top metalcasting industry news, events, and announcements of the year as reported in the magazine.
The Casting That Turned Boating Upside DownNovember 16, 2023
A revolutionary concept in marine engine design called for a special kind of front housing casting that took equal parts of designer and foundry ingenuity and collaboration to pull off.
Just-in-time manufacturing is on ‘life-support’ according to expert Dennis Unkovic.
How four college students, their engineering professor, and a foundry specializing in the unique worked together to develop the prototype for a magnesium bike frame casting.
Sourcing castings is different from the procurement of ordinary manufacturing commodities—but choosing the right foundry for a specific casting’s requirements is just the beginning. At Oshkosh, embracing the foundry’s expertise early in the design phase is a top priority.
Another Year of Investments
As I walked through the brand new Charlotte Pipe foundry during it’s grand opening last month, I thought to myself this was a great way to cap off the year. In my 18 years covering the industry, I’ve visited so many great foundries, but a brand new one is very rare.
Understanding the Tooling You Buy
With every quote you receive from a foundry, there will most likely be a line item specifying the tooling required to produce your casting along with its estimated cost.
Turning to Investment Casting for Near-Net-Shape Features
A component for oilfield drilling operations was originally produced via sand casting, but by redesigning the component as an investment casting—produced by RLM Industries (Oxford, Michigan), the OEM was able to reduce machining time and weight.
Cutting Drug Abuse, Saving Lives, and Reshoring
Manufacturing output per hour in the U.S. has grown at an average of just 0.2% a year since 2009, according to the U.S. Labor Department—below the non-manufacturing U.S. sectors and the economies of Europe and Asia (Fig. 1).