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Hello World, Casting Source is Here

Shannon Wetzel, Managing Editor

Welcome to the brand-new Casting Source magazine, a redesign and rename of Metal Casting Design & Purchasing magazine. It’s the culmination of many meetings, conversations, and surveys to give our readers the best content about building up and maintaining a quality casting supply chain.

Casting Source will touch on many of the same topics as before, but our new name better reflects the range of professionals who rely on castings in their company’s applications, including design engineers, specifiers, quality engineers, and supply chain managers. Our aim is to address how to source the best cast parts, from choosing the material and manufacturing process to selecting a foundry to deliver the component.

In the pages of Casting Source, we’ll talk about why casting lead times are sometimes long, how to work with a supplier to improve their scrap rates, and ways to adjust a design for reduced weight and cost. We’ll also cover metalcasting basics, explaining the various processes and alloys and providing key points to remember and terms to know along the way.

And we are bringing this content through the words of people who work in the casting supply chain. More than ever, we are leaning on industry experts to contribute their insight and practical advice through columns, Q&As, and articles. Please check out the page opposite for a look at this issue’s contributors.

We hope you find this first issue a source of helpful tips and information. If you have any suggestions, or a story idea of your own, please reach out to me at swetzel@afsinc.org. And if you like what you read, let your peers know they can also subscribe at www.castingsource.com/subscribe.

Thank you for reading Casting Source

Click here to see this story as it appears in the November/December 2019 issue of Casting Source.