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AFS NEWS Te February announcement comes on the heels of the


AFS-backed research project “Accelerated Adoption of AM Technology in the American Foundry Industry” being awarded funds from the National Network of Manufacturing Innovation’s pilot program the National Additive Manufac- turing Innovation Institute. Te project is led by Youngstown Business Incubator, with partnership from AFS, Youngstown State Univ., ExOne, Humtown Products, Janney Capital Markets and the Univ. of Northern Iowa. Te research will support the transition of binder jet additive manufacturing to the small business casting industry by allowing increased access to the use of binder jet equipment and the development of design guidelines and process specifications. “We are pleased to report a flurry of investment going into


projects with which AFS has been and will be closely involved,” Call said. “Tis shows that metalcasting is a key stakeholder in the nation’s manufacturing industry and economy.”


AFS, Magma Acquaint Girls With Careers in Metalcasting


More than 60 fifth and sixth grade girls witnessed firsthand


the intriguing science and engineering principles behind the metalcasting process during the Illinois High School District 211 GEMS Conference in Hoffman Estates, Ill., held Feb. 8. Te event was held to attract grade school girls to engi-


neering, math and science fields and included career fair and hands-on demonstrations of polymers, forensics, engineering design and metalcasting. (GEMS stands for Girls in Engineer- ing, Math and Science). Tree metalcasting sessions were led by Jennifer Head, AFS Institute Director of Education, along with Shelly Dutler, Deepika Gaddam and Wendy Pilcher from AFS Corporate Member Magma Foundry Technologies. Participants made tin starfish, gecko and arrowhead metal castings using sand molds produced with the AFS Foundry in a Box kit. “Te feedback I have received is that we were a hit. Te girls


were excited to show their parents what they had made,” Head said. “Trough events like the GEMS conference, AFS strives to educate its members, the general public and students about the industry, the unique aspects of its technology, latest advance- ments and career opportunities.”


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