The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the global supply chain; the casting industry’s efforts to provide relief start locally.
Lethbridge Iron Works, BRP-US Win Castings of the YearJune 18, 2020
Two castings exhibited the strengths of the casting industry in different ways to be named winners of this year’s AFS Casting Competition.Read More
Opportunities for lightweighting with metal castings abound through material choice and smart designs.
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.
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.
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