After purposeful consideration, the American Foundry Society Board of
Aluminum foundries sometimes use in-process welding to salvage castings with minor flaws. The operation can be expensive for the foundry, but the reworked castings will still meet aerospace, military, and commercial structural specifications.
Aluminum is a prime choice for applications such as gear housings, intake manifolds and ornamental castings, which require lower weight and structural soundness without necessarily needing high strength at elevated temperatures.
The lost foam casting process is a globally recognized near net shape process with a lot of potential for both design engineers and casting suppliers to reduce cost through near net shape castings and weight reduction.
Tariffs, Pandemic, Supply Chains Driving Reshoring
For businesses looking for ways to prosper in these difficult times, the stage is set for OEMs and foundries to improve their lot through effective reshoring.
Julia Scruton’s business card says she’s a metallurgist/project engineer for Baker Manufacturing Co. (Evansville, Wisconsin). But that’s just part of the story. “When people ask me what I do, I normally say metallurgical engineer/whatever-else-they-want-me-to-do,” Scruton said.
Designing for Space Travel
Software developer Autodesk wanted something out of this world to show what its generative design software could do, so it teamed up with AFS Corporate Member TEI (Livonia, Michigan) to make a lightweight component for an interplanetary lander.
Does My Tooling Transfer?
As a buyer of castings, you eventually will find yourself in the situation where you need to change foundries. In terms of the tooling required to make your castings, you will have two choices: build new tooling or move the existing tooling to the new source. Moving existing tooling is usually th