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Students from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville won the AFS Region 5 Student Casting Contest this year with an aluminum clew casting used to stretch the sail on the boom of a sailboat.


Students Impress in Region 5 College Casting Contest


Univ. of Wisconsin-Platteville has won the first annual


Student Casting Contest hosted by AFS’s Region 5. Judging for the inaugural competition took place February 12-14 during the AFS Wisconsin Regional in Milwaukee. Te contest was open to AFS student chapters within Region 5, including Purdue Univ., Muskegon Community College, Western Michigan Univ. and Univ. of Wisconsin-Platteville. Each of the chapters worked to design, manufacture and present a casting that shows knowledge of all aspects of the metalcasting process. “Te casting contest was a big success,” said Wayne Carr, AFS national director and production superintendent at Olson Aluminum Casting, Rockford, Ill. Carr was one of the main organizers of the event. “Four of our eight chapters took part in the contest, and all of them did a great job and should be proud of their contributions.” Te event was billed as a rewarding and fun way to


promote education for future metalcasters and to build relationships between students and business members. Univ. of Wisconsin-Platteville won $2,000 for its aluminum clew casting, which is used to stretch the sail on the boom of a sailboat. Te piece fits snugly into an aluminum extrusion of a specific teardrop shape. Te students designed and produced four-on and six-on patterns of the individual parts to make the castings more efficiently and in the desired quantity. Platteville already has produced and delivered more than 100 of the castings via the green sand casting process. Tey will be used on sailboats that will race all over the world, from South Africa to Brazil. Te contest was judged by Alfred Spada, AFS director of


marketing, Jerry Tiel, director of the Metalcasting Center at Univ. of Northern Iowa, and Steve Robison, AFS senior technical director. “We look forward to next year’s competition and building


on a great event,” Spada said. “If this friendly competition is any indication of what the future of metalcasting holds, it will be bright.”


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