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Advantages of Sand Casting & Die Casting

Posted by Gavin Mason

Sand Casting vs. Die Casting 

Talking with our Sales Manager the other day, I discovered that one of the more popular questions he gets asked by potential customers is "when should we use sand casting vs. die casting?" The answer to that question is actually fairly easy and depends 100% on what the customer is looking for. 

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Tags: Casting Design, sand casting, pattern, die casting, casting, casting, machining, cnc machining, casting process, castings, pattern equipment, diecasting, sand casting vs. die casting

Castings Found on a Vehicle

Posted by Gavin Mason

Metal Castings on your Vehicle

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Tags: Aluminum Castings, Magnesium Castings, Aluminum Sand Casting, casting, castings, diecasting, metal castings, cast iron, aluminum, magnesium

Considerations when Designing a Sand Casting

Posted by Gavin Mason

Things to Take into Account when Designing a Sand Casting

There are many factors that a design engineer must take into account when designing a sand casting. All of these factors depend on what the casting is going to be used for and what other processes it must go through after the casting is poured. For instance, if the casting is going to be used on a motorcycle and is going to be visible, chances are it is either going to be painted/powder coated or machined to a smooth finish. Or if the casting is going to be used as a housing or part of a structure where it must maintain rigidity, heat treating may be required. Chances are that no matter what the casting is going to be used for, it will require some type of machining. 

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Tags: Sand Casting Design Improvements, Secondary Machining, sand casting, casting, machining, machining, cnc machining, cnc machining, Metalcasting, metalcastings, Machined Sand Castings, Machine fixture, Machine fixture, machine shop, casting engineer, design engineer

Inspecting Your Castings

Posted by Gavin Mason

Destructive Inspections

There are many types of inspection services that are available to our customers here at CPM Industries, many of which we can perform in-house. Then there are other inspection services that require high tech equipment which we do not have in-house... well at least not yet. There are two broad groups that categorize inspections, destructive and non-destructive; by their title I'm sure you have already figured out the differences. 

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Tags: CPM Industries, casting, foundry, fracturing, metal castings, metalcastings, inspection services, non-destructive inspection

Castings Date Back to 1,500 BC

Posted by Gavin Mason

Casting was Popular with Ancient Egyptians 

Believe it or not, the production method known as casting is not a modern technology, but has been used for centuries. The Ancient Egyptians used the process to produce various items such as weapons, jewelry, and tools. As time progressed, so did the casting process which allowed for decorative designs as well as producing new types of tools. A perfect example of this would be the crude scissors that were cast from bronze (pictured right). These scissors date back to 150 AD and were found in what is modern day Turkey. The bronze did not allow the blades to be extremely sharp like today's scissors, but it demonstrates how the casting process allowed for advancements in tools. 

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Tags: metal casting, metal casting, casting, casting, Metalcasting, Metalcasting, metal castings

New Castings for New Orleans

Posted by Gavin Mason

Castings Used for Water Management in New Orleans

In previous blog posts I have found some castings that were used for everyday purposes that people never knew or think about. Castings such as the Olympic Medals, Hot Wheels®, bullets, boat propellers, cooking utensils, and airplane parts are all castings that we rely on just about every day but never think twice about. However, the casting that was produced for the city of New Orleans is a casting that everyone in the city will think about every time there is a storm. 

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Tags: metal casting, casting, metalcasting design and purchasing magazine, hurricane katrina, new orleans

Metalcasters Unite!

Posted by Gavin Mason

The 118th Metalcasting Congress

  • 200+ Exhibits

  • Practical Workshops

  • Latest industry practices & technology

  • Opportunity for casting suppliers to connect with buyers

The 118th Metalcasting Congress will be hosted at the Renaissance Hotel & Convention Center in Schaumburg, IL on April 8th through the 11th. The annual congress is hosted by the American Foundry Society (AFS) as its major technical conference that includes awards banquets, manufacturer exhibits, and technical workshops. This years congress will differ from last years because it will not be hosted in conjunction with the CastExpo. Every three years, the Metalcasting Congress and the CastExpo are held in conjunction with one another, creating the largest metalcasting event in North America. The next time that the two events will be hosted together will not be until 2016 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

If you are interested in or are considering attending this years Metalcasting Congress, here is some additional information on the event. 

Metalcasting Congress Brochure

List of Exhibitors and their Location

Event Schedule 

 

Did I mention there is now a smartphone app designed specifically for this event? For complete information including hotel info, author/presenter info, exhibitor info, and registration info Click Here

 

 

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Tags: metal casting, casting, Castexpo, AFS, American Foundry Society, metalcasting congress

New Committee Focuses on Metalcasting

Posted by Gavin Mason

AFS Creates a New Committee

The American Foundry Society (AFS) has created a new committee, within their engineering department, to focus on metalcasting facilities. The goal is to create an understanding of quality business and manufacturing principles to improve these metalcasting facilities. 

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Tags: Casting Design, Casting Knowledge, casting, Metalcasting, AFS, American Foundry Society, engineer

Take Your New Casting and Cut It Up

Posted by Gavin Mason

Casting Tip

Creating a metal casting is a highly detailed and intricate process and has so many different variables that no two castings are the same. When the variables are not controlled tightly enough that is when the differences occur, usually in the form of defects. Even castings produced from the same pattern have their differences, those differences may be hard to spot but they are there. The difference from casting to casting may be so small that you can only spot the difference under a microscope, making it crucial to control the variables as much as possible. 

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Tags: Casting Design, CPM Industries, Patterns for Sand Castings, pattern, metal casting, casting, casting, Metalcasting, fracturing, casting porosity, cross section, chemical testing

ALERT Metalcasters!!

Posted by Gavin Mason

Metalcasters Urged to Contact Congress on UUU Issue

"The AFS Washington Office is urging metalcasters to contact their Congressional representatives in an effort to secure an exemption for metalcasting facilities from Subpart UUU" (AFSinc.org, June 6, 2013). 

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Tags: Green Sand Casting Method, sand casting, casting, AFS, foundry

CPM Industries and Navistar Collaborate to Supply our Troops

Posted by Gavin Mason

Where do our parts go?

Where do our parts go? CPM Industries maintains clients in various different industries supplying all kinds of companies with all kinds of parts. A lot of the time we ourselves are unsure of where the parts are headed or what the parts are being used for. On the other hand, sometimes we are aware of exactly where the part is headed and the application in which it is being used. In this particular instance we were aware the part was going on a Navistar truck but were unaware of what kind of truck. 

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Tags: metal casting, casting, prototype casting, Navistar

Does Your Casting Have a Sweet Tooth?

Posted by Gavin Mason

Simple Sugar may Solve Complex Problem 

The foundry and metal casting industry is a multi-billion dollar industry with foundries of all shapes and sizes located throughout the world. Metal castings can be dated back to before the Roman empire and were used to develop weapons and tools as well as being critical in the development of human civilization. The most common method of casting is known as sand casting and involves using sand to hold the shape of a part. Once the sand is in the shape of the part to be casted, molten metal is poured into the sand mold forming the final part. If you are like me, the first time I heard of this process my first question was, "so how does the sand stay in place with molten metal being poured into it?" 

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Tags: Casting Design, Aluminum Castings, Sand Casting Design Improvements, Aluminum Sand Casting, Green Sand Casting Method, Prototype Sand Castings, Quality Control of Sand Casting, sand casting, Magnesium Sand Casting, casting

Cast vs. Billet

Posted by Gavin Mason

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Tags: Casting Design, Aluminum Castings, Aluminum Sand Casting, CPM Industries, casting, CNC, Aluminum Hog-Outs, Billet

Foundry Industry Competitiveness

Posted by Gavin Mason

Stimulating Competitiveness

The Metal Casting Conference, which was held in the great northwest from March 13-16, was a perfect opportunity for employees throughout the industry to share the latest technology. It was also a great way for the industry to drive competitive advantage within the foundry industry. 

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Tags: Sand Casting Design Improvements, Green Sand Casting Method, sand casting, casting, Manufacturing, growth, foundry

GE is Expanding.... Again

Posted by Gavin Mason

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Tags: casting, Manufacturing, Metalcasting, foundry

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