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AFS Teaches Metalcasting Process, Gives Students Hands-On Lessons at ASM Materials Camp Leo Baran, AFS director of member-


“Te young people that attended


ship services, performed a metalcasting demonstration for students at an Ameri- can Society for Metals (ASM) Interna- tional Student Materials Camp on June 20 using a “Foundry in a Box.” The camp, held at Hooke Col-


lege, Westmont, Ill., included a pre- sentation where Baran created small tin castings using a sand mold and microwave oven fitted with special equipment to melt the metal.


are truly interested in material science as a possible career path,” Baran said. “Having the ability to bring a scaled version of a metalcasting facility gives an opportunity they otherwise wouldn’t have had.” Baran was assisted by Gene Mu-


ratore, senior metallurgist, Rio Tinto Iron & Titanium America, Chicago. Students at the week-long summer camp explored all aspects of materials


science and engineering and had the opportunity to work for three days at a local business to actively conduct failure analysis on a spring. Past proj- ects have included the failure analysis of parachute harnesses, space shuttle debris, corrosion of a yacht and air craft landing gear. In addition to Ba- ran’s demonstration, the students par- ticipated in a concrete canoe contest, made liquid nitrogen ice cream and took a materials challenge.


At left, Leo Baran, AFS director of membership services, shows students a sand mold ready for pouring at the ASM International Student Materials Camp on June 20. At right, a student makes a sand mold using the “Foundry in a Box.”


AFS Represents U.S. Metalcasters at GIFA, NEWCAST AFS recently represented the U.S.


metalcasting industry at GIFA and NEWCAST. Te event was held June 28-July 2, 2011, in Düsseldorf, Germany. AFS cosponsored the North


American Pavilion at GIFA 2011. Te pavilion is an area where met- alcasting industry suppliers exhibit their products to casting producers.


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Exhibiting within the GIFA pavil- ion gave suppliers an opportunity to make a greater marketing impact at the large trade show, as well as an opportunity to begin or increase overseas trade. In addition, AFS exhibited North


American metalcasting successes at NEWCAST 2011, an event that ran concurrently with GIFA, allowing


metalcasters to exhibit their casting abilities to buyers and design engineers. “AFS is proud to have cospon-


sored the North American Pavilion at GIFA 2011,” said Jerry Call, AFS executive vice president. “It provided North American suppliers a great opportunity to display their products on a global stage.”


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