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Finding a Casting Supplier

It’s no secret that the number of U.S. metalcasting facilities has been shrinking. This has been the result of several causes we won’t go into here, but the phenomenon means a couple of things. The facilities that are left are generally pretty good. Their sound business principles and good casting capabilities have helped them survive the downsizing of the industry. Secondly, fewer metalcasting facilities mean finding a place with capacity is much harder.

ECS prints a metalcasting yellow pages of sorts each year listing all the North American metalcasting facilities. Now we’ve developed an interactive online tool to search for a metalcaster online. The directory of metalcasters allows you to search by company name, casting process, alloy, casting weight and location. Have a look, list it under your favorites and narrow down your casting supplier search in a few minutes.

It’s our goal this year to improve and add online tools like this one, so your feedback is welcome. 
 


Prototype Inspiration

We have touched on prototyping a few times in our magazine and started a section on rapid prototyping on our website. Eventually we’d like to be the best online resource on prototyping methods of metalcasting. In the meantime, you might want to catch Discovery Channel’s new series, “Prototype This!” that premiers Wednesday, Oct. 15. The show’s premise involves a team of engineers inventing a myriad of cool things, from a mind-controlled car in the series premiere to boxing robots, a waterslide simulator and a six-legged all-terrain vehicle. Expect to see the engineers on the show using several methods of prototyping for cast metal components—perhaps one of those methods will resonate with a casting project you are currently working on now.
 

And come back to our rapid prototyping section over the next few weeks as we begin adding more information.

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