Cascade Die Casting
Ryzhov Sergey | Dreamstime
Low-pressure sand mold components.
Warut Sintapanon | Dreamstime
Molten iron pouring into a sand mold.
Thiti Tangjitsangiem | Dreamstime
'Availability of new foundry sand is already becoming a challenge, along with the need of providing new solutions to waste management,” according to the director of a metallurgical research center.
U.S. Air Force / Paul Shirk
Ted Fetchik, a USAF 553rd Commodities Maintenance Squadron welder, pours aluminum into a 3D-printed mold at Tinker Air Force Base.
Waygate Technologies
Inline computed tomography (CT) – which several automotive foundries have implemented already – is an inspection process that supports wider digitalization efforts, optimizing product design and production planning.

Nothing is Impossible with Inorganic Binders

Aug. 18, 2014

In their well-received report at WFC 2014 – “Nothing is Impossible: Advancements in the Field of Inorganic Binder Systems” — a team of researchers and product developers at ASK Chemicals described how some of the difficulties working with inorganic binder systems have promoted misconceptions about their effectiveness, and the possibilities for working with them successfully.

Among the misconceptions they address are inorganic cores’ “lower dimensional accuracy,” “higher core fracture,” propensity to wetting, unsuitability for regeneration, high sand accumulation on casting surfaces, reduced shakeout performance, unsuitability for iron casting.

These images parallel and illustrate their research, which can be read in two installments, here and here.