January-February 2018

January/February 2018
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Please Join Us in Fort Worth: Casting designers, purchasers and specifiers will be gathering in Fort Worth, Texas, from April 3-5 of this year, for the annual AFS Metalcasting Congress. They will be there—and I hope you will be there as well—because it makes them better in the work and profession.
Doug Kurkul
Design Details: Design Constraints Ditched in Crankcase Assembly
Jiten Shah
By The Law: Patent Trolls Exist
David Resser
2018 Forecast: U.S. Casting Sales to Reach $33 Billion: The U.S. metalcasting industry is expected to see 4.7% growth from 2017-2018 and 1.8% growth in 2018-2019.
An MCDP Staff Report
Census of World Casting Production: Global Casting Production Growth Stalls: Worldwide casting production grew by less than half a percent for the second year in a row in 2016.
An MCDP Staff Report
Survey of U.S. Casting Production: U.S. Metalcasting at a Glance: MCDP breaks down the U.S. metalcasting industry by metal, process, state, value-added services and markets served.
An MCDP Staff Report
Nobake: The Basics: This article focuses on the nobake process and when it would be appropriate for use.
An MCDP Staff Report
Applying Fracture Mechanics to the Design of Low-Alloy Steel Castings: A crawler shoe case study illustrates how designers can use fracture mechanics to avoid over-designing and over-specifying a casting, which will reduce part cost.
Patrick Severson, Hathibelagal Roshan, R. El-Hajjar, Pradeep Rohatgi
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