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EDITORIAL


Finding the Fun E


ach October the last few years, our office has hosted an event for National Manufac- turing Day.


Manufacturing Day’s goal is to celebrate


careers in manufacturing and share with the com- munity and students how these industries support our economy. It’s a chance for companies to share what they do with the public. Your organi- zation might even hold an event. We host an open house with a hands- on metalcasting demonstration. Man, it is


fun. In your jobs,


the pressure is on to deliver safe, economic, and attractive parts, and it may not feel like any fun much of the time. Manufacturing Day is the chance to take a break from the dead- lines and show others what you thought was so enjoyable about manufacturing and metalcasting in the first place. Designing something, making a part that has a


purpose in the world, is gratifying. The smiles on grade-school kids’ faces after pouring their first small casting is proof of that. This issue of Modern Casting shares the 2016


AFS Hoyt Lecture from Richard Gundlach on page 33. Gundlach dives deep into the science of cast components and their properties with the vigor of someone who truly relishes the topic. For a lighter read, we’ve also included an article giv- ing a glimpse of castings we rely on in the winter, from skiing to snow plowing on page 48. Once again this past October, AFS and


Modern Casting held an open house, and I enjoyed seeing the community and students learn and be excited about the met- alcasting industry.


Even


Designing something, making a part that has a purpose in the world is gratifying. The smiles on


grade-school kids’ faces after pouring their


first small casting is proof of that.


more, I like watching those from the indus- try explain metalcast- ing and


the oppor- tunities it offers as a career and a manufac- turing method. If you are looking for an audi- ence to share what your company is making or how you are solving your customer’s problems, you’ve found the place. Not all projects are headaches—let us know what’s got you smiling.


Shannon Wetzel, Managing Editor


If you have any comments about this editorial or any other item that appears in Modern Casting, email me at swetzel@afsinc.org.


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