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AFS is committed to facilitating the connection between casting supplier and casting buyer, offering programs, literature and classes for designing and purchasing castings, as well as tools to match the appropriate casting supplier to your application. Use our casting alloy database and metalcasting process selector to help select the right alloy and process for your next part. Access the AFS Library, Castingpedia and our design tutorials for more information and tips on designing and buying castings. Begin your next casting supplier search with our directory of North American metalcasters.

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  • 2014 AFS Metalcasting Forecast & Trends

    The AFS Metalcasting Forecast & Trends, compiled and published by the American Foundry Society, is the annual resource for foundries and suppliers. The 2014 edition contains: forecasts for all metal groups and shipment projections through 2022, export and import forecasts (by demand and shipments), forecast data by major casting consuming markets, and international foundry data (casting shipments, labor rates, etc.)

  • Metalcasting Principles & Techniques

    This textbook is comprised of teaching and lecture material developed during many decades at the University level as part of manufacturing/metallurgical curriculum. Its objective is to serve as a primary textbook for the beginners- undergraduate students at Universities, the educational program of the metalcasting industry at the college level, vocational schools, community colleges, four-year technology schools and traditional engineering school students. The book is also recommended as instructional tool for metalcasting facilities to train new employees, for suppliers to learn more about metalcasting and for libraries as reference material. The material contained in this textbook summarizes known basics and compliments them with the latest developments in all areas of metalcasting technique, technology and quality testing.

  • Proceedings of the 2013 Keith Millis Symposium on Ductile Cast Iron

    The Keith Millis Symposium on Ductile Cast Iron contains the twenty-one papers presented at the show in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, in October 2013. Paper titles include: Inter-Laboratory Study of the Determination of Nodularity And Nodule Count Of Ductile Iron By Image Analysis; The Continuing Evolution of MgFeSi Treatments for Ductile and Compacted Graphite Irons; Filtering a Heavy Section Ductile Iron Casting—New Opportunities; Thermal Analysis and Process Control for Compacted Graphite Iron and Ductile Iron; optimized Lifetime Prediction of Ductile Iron and CGI Castings; Examining Light Weight Runner Systems That Cut Application Problems; Iron Turbulance Analysis via Foundry Water Model I: Introduction; Experiences in Identifying and Reducing Ductile Iron Casting Defects; The Effect of Copper on the Ferrite—Pearlite Ratio in Ductile Iron; Ductile Iron, Isothermed Ductile Iron, and Austempered Ductile Iron Material Structural Design; Advanced Fracture Mechanics Testing Of Ductile Iron—A Key to Valuable Toughness Data; As-Cast Ausferritic Ductile Iron; The Stuff Matters—Is Austempered Ductile Iron A Green Alternative?; The Importance of Rare Earth Contribution from Nodulizing Alloys and Their Subsequent Effect on the Inoculation of Ductile Iron; Optimization of Chemical Compositions of Ductile Iron; Solution Strengthened Ferritic Ductile Cast Iron According To DIN EN 1563: 2012—Properties, Production and Application; Proposed Theory on the Mechanism for Spheroidal Graphite Formation In Iron; A New Model for the Solidification of Ductile Iron; Novel Approaches to Analyze the Structure of Ductile Iron; Review of Microstructural Features of Chunky Graphite in Ductile Cast Irons

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  • September 17 – 18, 2014 : Introduction to Metalcasting #04-15

    This course introduces the process of metalcasting. It provides a broad picture of what happens in a casting production facility, while illustrating the technology, variables and complexity involved in producing a casting. It covers casting design, alloy selection, process selection, design of the gating system, pouring and shakeout methods, cleaning and finishing methods, quality assurance, and key safety and environmental regulations.

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