Goal: Organize and initiate an industry-led roadmapping process that results in the identification and prioritization of research projects addressing capability gaps and guides technology investment decisions.
Lead: American Foundry Society
1695 N. Penny Lane
Schaumburg, IL. 60173
Award Number: 70NANB14H043
Federal Funding: $396,287
Project Duration: 24 months
The American Metalcasting Consortium—composed of four industry associations that represent 95 percent of the nation's 2,000 foundries—will launch an industrywide roadmapping effort to identify research and related actions aimed at achieving significant improvements in processing capabilities and productivity. Specific objectives are to:
Cast metal parts and products are used in nearly every sector of the economy—consumer products, energy exploration and production, aerospace, automotive, defense, construction, and more. Examples of cast metal components span from engine blocks to prosthetic devices and surgical equipment to valves and pumps. Among the most energy-intensive U.S. industries, the sector is composed mostly of small businesses, which lack the resources to initiate and sustain the research necessary to remain globally competitive. Major technical challenges facing the industry include improving and accelerating casting design, improving process capabilities and efficiency, and building and retaining a skilled workforce.
For project information: Thomas E. Prucha, (847) 824-0181, tprucha [at] afsinc.org (tprucha[at]afsinc[dot]org)
AMTech Project Manager: Jean-Louis Staudenmann, (301) 975-4866, jean-louis.staudenmann [at] nist.gov (jean-louis[dot]staudenmann[at]nist[dot]gov)