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Paper No. 10: INVESTING in the Future Jack Ziemba, Aristo-Cast For a process that’s approximately 6000 years old

it never ceases to amaze me the refinement that has taken place in the last 15 years. We’ve gone from very rudimentary injection molds to a very sophisticated tooling that we use today. We’ve gone from machinable wax being utilized for one off patterns to the ability to use additive manufacturing equipment to print very complex patterns in a wide variety of materials which are all compatible with the investment casting process. The advent of metal printing has encroached into the investment casting market. As owner of Aristo-Cast Inc. and a member of the

Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) we’re going to get that business back using the P.I.C.S. (Printed Investment Casting Shells) process, a method that revolutionizes the traditional investment casting process. This is accomplished by printing the ceramic shell directly from cad data, eliminating the need for wax injection molds to create the patterns and the skill to dip the critical early coats of ceramic shell. The P.I.C.S. process allows even the most complex interior design to be cast successfully.

With speed, accuracy and cost as our goals we intend to show the progress we have made. We have successfully been able to print a ceramic shell that will reduce the time and cost of investment casting prototypes and in the future….production.

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Paper No. 11: Industry Viable Strategic Tooling Enablers for MRB Elimination Donald Deptowicz, Aspen Hybrid Technology Solutions, LLC. The Surface Treatment System (STS) is the one and only three step coating system that can be used to improve the durability of nearly a limitless number of products. While other companies have developed numerous specialty coating systems for each application, the STS can do it all, resulting in a reduced carbon footprint by extending the life of numerous consumer products. From increasing the hardness and life of cutting and drilling tools, shafts, gears, gas turbines for the airline and power industries, core dies, medical instruments and lenses to name just a few of the nearly endless list of application possibilities. It is well known in manufacturing that vapor deposited coatings systems have improved the durability of numerous consumer products. What the manufacturing industry has yet to discover is that these coating systems are applied to products that are contaminated with the left-over residue from both the manufacturing and cleaning processes themselves.

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Paper No. 12: Casting Simulation: An Aid To Address Industry’s COVID-19 Challenges Amarnath Bhat, SoftCAST Technologies Stephen Barnett, INCAST Consultancy In most parts of the world, the Foundry industry is cost-intensive; in many, it is also labor-intensive. Apart from the obvious manifest costs such as energy and material, the not-so-obvious latent costs of wastage are substantial. In today’s COVID-19 driven economic downturn, it has also become a reduced-demand industry. Scarcity of working capital due to the banker’s reticence to lend, coupled with supply chain disruptions, are adding to the foundryman’s misery. ‘Hope does one cope? The answer lies in saving costs; the foundryman needs to focus on factors wherein costs can be reduced or saved, without affecting the output. We present a few Case Studies that illustrate the


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positive impact on cost savings resulting from defect prevention, quality and yield improvement, and elimination of shop trials, with the aid of a simulation and methoding system. The Foundry Collaborators for this Paper are: 1) Magyarmet Bt., Bicske, Hungary, 2) Micro Melt Pvt Ltd, Rajkot India, and 3) Rainbow Technocast, Rajkot India.

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