July/August 2019

3 Ways Vehicles Are Reducing Weight

Ford and General Motors worked with their casting suppliers to reduce vehicle weight with a variety of methods, from replacing material to switching processes.


Factors in Prototype Tooling

Foundries and pattern shops are becoming more sophisticated when it comes to delivering prototype castings in a timely manner, and much of it comes down to the tooling.

Craft Pattern & Mold produced this Polaris Industries motorcycle steering clamp as a prototype using 3D printed sand molds. The company recently purchased a new sand printer to meet the growing demand for 3D printing and quicker deliveries.

Designing Aluminum Permanent Mold Castings

There are many considerations for designers when using permanent mold casting, which can achieve tight tolerances, high mechanical properties and superior surface finishes.

Calculating When Printed Patterns Are Feasible for Production

In a study, 15 cast parts and patterns were analyzed to determine general baselines for when printed patterns are cost-effective and time-effective compared to traditional tooling.


Revisiting Metalcasting's Fascinating History

Whether you are new to your role as a specifier, designer or buyer of metal castings, or have been in your position for many years, we thought you might appreciate a brief summary of the history of the foundry industry. Metalcasting is a modern industry with ancient roots, as we’ll explore in this column.

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