Casting Competition

The AFS/Casting Source Casting Competition is your chance to show the engineering and purchasing community what a metal casting can accomplish. Beyond the company recognition and industry public relations gained through the honored castings, all entries can appear in Casting Source magazine's departments. The 2024 winners will be showcased at Metalcasting Congress 2024 in Milwaukee in April 2024 and in issues of Modern Casting and Casting Source.

Participation is open to all North American metalcasters and designers/users of metal castings. Previous entries may be resubmitted. Castings are sought in all metals, casting processes, end-use applications and sizes/weights. Click here for the entry form.

Independent judges will evaluate each entry on:

  • Benefits delivered to the casting customer.
  • Benefits delivered to the casting customer due to conversion from another process
  • The use of the casting process’ unique capabilities.
  • Contribution to growth and expansion of the casting market.

This year, winners will be broken out into categories, with an all-around Casting of the Year winner still chosen.
The categories will be:

1.    Newcomer (Rookie of the Year)
This award will go to a company that has not submitted a casting in the last 10 years. Don’t be intimidated to enter the contest and show your stuff.
2.    Best Example of a Casting Conversion
This award will recognize companies that used metalcasting’s strengths to convert a product from a non-casting process.
3.    Achievement in a Small Foundry Business
Not every foundry has armies of staff. Smaller facilities are doing great work, and they are a key part of the industry. This will reward companies that are doing more with fewer workers.
4.    Best Innovation/Prototype
The metalcasting industry continues to evolve and stride into the future. That’s partly because metalcasters are always stretching capabilities and looking for newer and better. This category is for castings that might not be ready for full production but could be the precursor to the next big thing.

The deadline to submit an application is Jan. 31, 2024. Please complete the form (with any supplemental information) and send it, along with the casting, to:

Casting Competition’24
1695 N. Penny Ln.
Schaumburg, IL 60173-4555. 

The AFS Warehouse accepts deliveries between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. If you have any questions, contact Ben Yates at or Casting Competition, 1695 N. Penny Lane, Schaumburg, IL 60173.