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Facebook Invasion

Is it just us, or does Facebook seem to be in the news a lot lately? The most recent item we’ve seen is the assertion by a British neuroscientist that Facebook and other social networking sites will result in “infantilized” minds in the 21st Century.

Chicago Tribune also posted a blog entry Tuesday on tips for giving up Facebook during Lent.

Feels like Facebook is invading the entire universe. Well, now metalcasting is invading Facebook. Our staff has created its very own Facebook page for MODERN CASTING magazine. Check us out here. You can become a fan of the page if you’re already one of the thousands of “infantilized” minds logged into Facebook (hey-we’re not judging, we’re regressing along with you.)

In all seriousness, we do feel like entering into the online networking realm is beneficial to establishing a community among our readers. So log on and see what our staff and other metal heads in the industry are up to. We’ve also created a group in LinkedIn, a more business-oriented online networking group. Go here to check it out. You’ll have to be a LinkedIn member to view more of this group’s page.

See you online.

Toyota Boasts About Castings

Before the big game this past weekend, we saw some castings while watching the NFL during championship week. (Are we getting paid for this overtime?)

The castings weren’t on the field of play, of course (although the Steelers defense often looks like it’s composed of engineered metal components). Instead, they took center stage in an advertisement for the Toyota Tundra.

In the 30-second spot, Toyota highlights the Tundra’s power train. On the right side of an oversized balance is a “cast iron V-8 block [that] makes your truck weigh more,” and on the left is an “aluminum [block] that lets you tow more.”

The announcer doesn’t say so, but of course the block on the left is also cast. According to marketing representative Erin Poole, the part is in fact made by Toyota-owned metalcasting facility Bodine Aluminum.

Regardless of the use of the word “cast” with the iron block but not the aluminum one, both of the parts are intended in the commercial to look like mean components that make up a mean machine. And the engineered, cohesive look of the castings helps pull that intention off.

Remember, this is the line of trucks that have been featured in some of the more over-the-top truck advertisements ever produced. Namely, the ones showing the Tundra pulling off death defying feats with relative ease—bringing a 10,000-lb. trailer quickly to a stop down a steep grade, stopping at the edge of a gorge after barreling through a tight gate, etc. The company also went all out to show just how tough the Tundra is during this year’s Super Bowl. So the castings used in the more subtle campaign have big shoes to fill.

And according to Poole, castings haven’t made their last appearance in the Tundra commercials. The truck also features a cast steel brake rotor that will make an appearance in the campaign sometime in the near future. Keep yours eyes out for it, and tell your boss you did some industry research while watching TV.

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