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pricing, both of which helped bring it through the 1990s and 2000s. In 2010, the company made another big shift: additive manufacturing. Seven years ago, Danko Arling-


ton began using fused deposition modeling (FDM) as a response to the declining skilled workforce. FDM has allowed Danko Arlington to get around the lack of skilled workers and consider changing and updating apprenticeships, which go back to 1940. Instead of the standard five years and 10,000 hours, training would take fewer hours and focus more on technology like CAD and 3-D printing. And because of that investment, Danko Arlington has emerged as one of the Defense Contract Man- agement Agency’s (DCMA) largest Maryland manufacturers, based on the number of contracts awarded. “What we’ve wanted to do here in the last seven years is reduce


Multi-axis machining is a key part of Danko Arlington’s future.


our conventual patternmaking and that’s why we’ve gone to 3-D print- ing. Tat’s why we’re using FDM. We print in polycarbonate and we make accurate patterns directly from


CAD. Te pattern shop now only does painting and putty and assem- bly,” Danko said of his company, which is planning on incorporating 3-D sand and metal printing. “What


Assembled finished painted castings are shown. 20 | MODERN CASTING June 2017


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