Additive manufacturing is a modern way to achieve the time-tested results of traditional casting with faster speed-to-market and more complex, high-value designs.
Knowing the answers will help your team source castings from this complex manufacturing process with speed and confidence.
A recent study explored how to improve cast surface-alloying to impart high local wear and corrosion resistance to less expensive, common industrial materials.
Reshoring is more like paint by numbers, says founder of metalcasting group CaneKast
The Benefits of Localization
Supply chain woes hang over the economy from COVID-induced shortages, ripples from the Suez Canal container ship blockage and U.S. West Coast port congestion.
Be Careful With Dollar-Per-Pound Analysis
Have you ever used a cost-per-pound analysis to determine the cost and competitiveness of your castings and foundry sources? It’s simple to run a quick analysis of your part numbers on a spreadsheet with a column for casting cost, one for casting weight, and one for price per pound.
Smart Design Clamps Down Savings
A customer of AFS Corporate Member Waupaca Foundry (Marinette, Wisconsin) was looking for a stronger but lighter part while also reducing its cost. The part was a then-offshored clamp used to secure cable and tubing of land-based wellbores for the oil and gas industry.
Key Resources for Casting Buyers and Designers
This month we are devoting this column to a discussion of resources available to buyers and designers of castings. Some of the resources are new, some long established, and all should be part of your industrial toolbox.