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FEATURES 24 Weighing Machining Cost


Determining machining cost requires careful consideration of the alloy grade, casting process, component shape and


heat treatment, among other things. S. WETZEL


30 Magwerks, Aristocast Prove the Magic of Magnesium


Automotive components using lightweight alloys are key


as fuel costs rise and efficiency standards tighten. D. KAPEL


34 Conquering Iron Capacity Challenges


Working as a team allows purchasers, designers and metalcasters to overcome production obstacles. D. KAPEL


40 Eliminating Zinc Die Casting Defects


A need for high quality decorative surfaces in zinc die castings means a higher focus on finishing criteria. J. TITLEY


45 Testing 1-2-3: Modeling Microstructure During Heat Treatment


Recent research investigates whether process simulation can be used to predict local microstructure through





casting processes and heat treatment. MCDP STAFF REPORT


4 | METAL CASTING DESIGN & PURCHASING | Sept/Oct 2012





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