April 2017

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Editorial: On the Leading Edge of the Industry
D. Kurkul
Washington Alert: Congress Approves Resolution to Overturn Volks Recordkeeping Rule
Smart Energy: Plant Energy Benchmarking for the Metalcasting Industry
B. Reinke
By The Law: Trade Secret Protection
D. Resser
PRL Spreads Its Wings: With four different facilities, PRL Inc. manages to keep itself organized and progressing while providing a diverse range of choices for customers.
B. Sandalow
Jump Starting 3-D Printing With FDM and FFF: Fused deposition modeling and fused filament fabrication technology offers a low-cost entry point to 3-D printed patterns.
S. Wetzel
The Many Dimensions of 3-D Printing: 3-D printing has applications in many parts of the metalcasting industry and allows facilities and clients to achieve numerous different constructions and positive outcomes.
A Modern Casting Staff Report
Using a Complexity Factor to Calculate Cost Benefits of 3-D Sand Printing: A part complexity-based cost metric has been developed to analyze decisions for economically viable implementation of 3-D sand printing.
E. Almaghariz, B. Conner, L. Lenner, R. Gullapalli, G. Manogharan, B. Lamoncha, M. Fang
Optimized Durability Prediction of Cast Iron Based on Local Microstructure: A casting design where the application load and weight are optimized is only achievable if the designer can fully unlock the potential of the material.
C. Thomser, M. Bodenburg, J. Sturm
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