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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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  • December 4 – 5, 2014 : Casting Defect Analysis #13-15

    In order to determine the true root cause of a casting defect and select the proper corrective action, a systematic evaluation method must be applied. The intention of this course is for participants to become proficient in applying a ten step procedure that will enable them to analyze and reduce metalcasting defects by correctly identifying defects and their root causes, and determining appropriate corrective actions. This course is applicable to sand molding processes (green, nobake, coldbox, shell).

  • December 9 – 10, 2014 : Casting Supplier Auditing #14-15

    This course will review the methods supply chain personnel need to utilize to effectively perform audits of metalcasting facilities. Topics covered will include: an overview of the audit process; determining audit requirements; developing and preparing to perform an audit; and closing the audit loop. Held at a casting supplier, participants will spend the better part of the second class day auditing several different areas of the foundry as part of this interactive and hands-on course. In addition, the course registration fee includes a networking dinner December 9.

    This course is only open to employees from companies who design and/or purchase metalcastings, and class size is limited to 20 participants. All participants will be required to sign a non-disclosure agreement with Waupaca Foundry. Click the link below to view and download the form. This signed form is required prior to registration. Please contact Celeste Smith at or 847-824-0181 x209 to submit your form and register.

    Non Disclosure Agreement

  • December 16 – 17, 2014 : Casting Design #15-15

    This course addresses principles of effective metalcasting design by delving into the major factors that affect final part design.

    Participants will explore alloy selection, metalcasting process capabilities and limitations and their effects on casting design, and the impact of secondary operations. Other major topics will include design for manufacturability, fab to casting design conversions, dimensional control, and the importance of casting simulation. Discussion and case studies will be used throughout this 2 day course to illustrate effective and practical casting design principles. Participants should have knowledge and experience in designing engineered components prior to attending this course.

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