Articles: Industry News

Danko Arlington (Baltimore) recently installed its first 3-D sand printer, a Voxeljet VX1000-PDB which uses phenolic direct binding.

The company, which was named Modern Casting magazine’s Metalcaster of the Year in 2017, has renovated and dedicated approximately 5,000 sq. ft of its original pattern shop (first constructed in 1945) to house the new equipment. According to a news release, the new additive manufacturing center also will house Danko Arlington’s two Stratasys Fortus 900mc 3-D printers which have been producing polycarbonate patterns and core boxes since 2010.

AFS Corporate Member Lodge Manufacturing Co. (South Pittsburg, Tennessee) has begun operations at its second metalcasting facility in Tennessee.

The 127,000 sq. ft. facility is located blocks from the company’s original foundry, which is still in production. Lodge broke ground on the new plant in the middle of 2016 and production began in November 2017.

Click here to see this story as it appears in the November/December 2017 issue of Metal Casting Design & Purchasing
Marshall Miller, supplier development manager at Flowserve Corp. (Rock Spring, Georgia), has a few simple words of advice for his cast metal parts suppliers regarding 3-D printing patterns in plastic: “Just try it.”

The permanent mold casting process produces engineered components with tight tolerances, good surface finishes and high mechanical properties. Its ability to achieve these details is based on the fundamental principle of this process—the pouring of molten metal into reusable metal molds. This metal mold applies chill characteristics to the metal during solidification for a finer grain structure, reduced porosity and higher mechanical properties of the solidified cast component.