Casting Designer and Buyer Opportunities at Metalcasting Congress 2021

Metalcasting Congress is the premier conference and trade show for the metalcasting supply chain. Going live online in 2021, Congress brings the best in technical education, management expertise, networking, and sales to web browsers worldwide, no travel required.

This year, design and engineering professionals can virtually attend casting sourcing sessions and foundry exhibits with the Exhibit Pass. Chat with foundry representatives who have your supply chain solutions, make connections to unlock your company’s success, and hear presentations on best practices for designing, specifying and buying engineered cast components.

Presentations and schedules subject to change.

Exhibit Pass Pricing

AFS Members: $20

Non-members: $30


Sessions For Casting Buyers and Designers  

Jim Bohlen


James Bohlen
Advanced Quality Engineer, Allison Transmission Inc.

Working With Your Casting Vendor for a Flawless Product Launch
Wednesday, April 21

A supplier quality development engineer shares best-practice strategies for casting sourcing.



Andrew Halonen
President, Mayflower Consulting LLC

Trends in Reducing Weight in Metal Castings
Monday, April 12

Opportunities for lightweighting with metal castings abound through material choice and smart designs. Examples in iron and aluminum will be shared, along with current trends and future opportunities for reducing weight in cast components. Follow Halonen on Twitter @LW8ing.



Jeremy Lipshaw
Product Development Engineer, Unaffiliated

The Underutilized Competitive Advantage: Benefiting from Life Cycle Analyses
Monday, April 19

The casting supply chain has an opportunity to leverage the inherent strengths of its product into a competitive advantage by embracing sustainability assessments based on Life Cycle Analysis (LCA). While classical vehicle sustainability metrics primarily consider how materials affect fuel economy via lightweighting, LCA accounts for the entire lifecycle of the material or product, including the production, use, and end-of-life. Due to their recyclability and lower embodied energy, castings have the potential to be more sustainable in this framework compared to other metals manufacturing methods. However, the casting industry is currently underprepared to compete in LCA-based evaluations. There is a significant shortage of LCA literature for castings compared to other material processes. Furthermore, the well-documented and inaccurate perception problem within industry that castings are heavy and outdated discourages researchers from considering this line of study. This presentation speaks about how the casting industry would benefit from LCA-based sustainability metrics.



Andy Mastalir
Sales & Customer Service Manager, C.A. Lawton Co.

Working with Your Foundry in Design for Manufacturing
Tuesday, April 13

Small but important changes to a component's design can lead to significant cost, weight, and time savings. Early design discussions with a qualified casting source will pay dividends.

Mark Mundell
Sales Manager, Lethbridge Iron Works Co.

Iron Casting Conversion Case Study
Tuesday, April 20

In this case study presentation on the 2020 Casting of the Year, Mundell will talk about the process of manufacturing an opener main body casting, a textbook example for a casting conversion from a steel fabrication.



Dave Rittmeyer
Customer Care & Additive Manufacturing Manager, Hoosier Pattern Inc.

3D Printing: From Prototype to Production
Thursday, April 15

Advancements in additive sand technology have fostered its emergence from a prototype-only process to a process that is viable for particular production casting applications. This presentation will provide a view of how the use of additive sand for production castings will grow in the coming years.



Jiten Shah
President, PDA LLC, Naperville, IL

Should You Cast It?
Thursday, April 22

This session covers the tell-tale factors of a component or assembly that indicate producing it as an engineered cast metal part would save time and money and increase value.

Curtis Taylor


Curtis Taylor
BRP Spruce Pine

Finding a Solution with Lost Foam: An Aluminum Case Study
Wednesday, April 14

Hear the story of how the two-stroke 300HP V-6 marine engine block called the G2 Snipe came to be cast in aluminum via the lost foam method. The one-piece design eliminated the need for multiple castings, weldments, and their assembly. Casting such a complicated part may seem like more trouble than it’s worth, but the cost savings from eliminating individual parts were considerable.