industry forward, as a perceived lack of knowledge of metalcasting can make designing for castings diffi cult. “So many young people don’t know

about castings and don’t know about draft or parting lines,” Danko said. Digital tools for manufacturing,

casting and additive manufacturing that unlock the optimal ways to design and produce a cast part will lead to a more responsive supply chain, more aff ord- able designs, and better lead times (see chart on pg. 40). Software will be critical in advancing metalcasting design. By making it easier to design, the industry will make metalcasting more accessible to the next generation of engineers with less experience, Danko said. “To me, this is the most exciting

thing, because we are facing an aware- ness problem,” Danko said. “If there is a way to build a web-based tool to illustrate the process and help solve the casting design, I think that would be a huge success.” Short-term, the roadmap envi-

sions development in customized casting design software, web-based

educational tools, solidification modification included in CAD modules, and design-for-perfor- mance guidelines. Long-term, the roadmap calls for automated drawings that apply casting design principles, CAD modules that deter- mine thermophysical properties, and web-based tools that give examples of ideal casting processes per design.

Workforce T e team of industry representa-

tives also identifi ed the workforce as a critical part of the industry’s future and should be part of industry and individual business planning. Areas of opportunity in addressing workforce needs include outreach, attraction, training, and retention. “T e inclusion of workforce has not been in any other industry roadmap, and I think its good that it is included here,” Donahue said. “When I received the fi nal copy, I showed it to my boss, because workforce is one of the indus- try’s biggest problems.” It’s no secret that a signifi cant

portion of the metalcasting industry workforce is approaching retirement age. New workers will be needed to fi ll that impending gap and that transition period requires planning and invest- ment. Concerns regarding the avail- ability of capable, knowledgeable, and willing employees made this a major category in the roadmap. A coordinated industry eff ort to

increase the awareness of the industry to middle school and high school stu- dents is part of the roadmap’s outreach guidelines. T e ultimate goal is to increase the number of young workers actively seeking employment in the metalcasting industry as a career path. T ose who developed the roadmap

identifi ed technical-level jobs as the most diffi cult to fi ll. T ese include welders, patternmakers, machinists and others that require technical level train- ing or certifi cations. Metalcasters will need to identify their critical technical level jobs and identify the training and certifi cation programs that develop these workers and try to attract workers from this pool of job candidates.


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