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Honorable Mention Trough Mounting Bracket rough Mounting Bracket


Franklin Bronze Precision Components Franklin, Pennsylvania


Material: SAE 304 stainless steel. Process: Investment casting. Weight: 3 lbs.


Dimensions: 7.5 x 3 x 3 in.


Application: Structural part for material handling. • The original trough mounting bracket was fabri-


cated from carbon steel or stainless steel bar stock and then ma hined. The welded parts suffered from problematic dimensional repeatability.


and then machined. The welded parts suffered fr m problematic dimensional repeatabilit


• Converting to a stainless steel investment casting educed part count fr m nine to one eight by 32%, educed cost by 26%,


erting to a stainless steel in estment casting reduced part count from nine to one, reduced weight by 32%, reduced cost by 26%, nearly eliminated machining, and successfully met the dimensional repeatability requirements.


Co educed


Honorable Mention


EcoMotors opoc Crankcase Assembly Tooling & Equipment International (TEI), Livonia, Michigan


Material: A356-T6.


Process: Low pressure sand casting. Weight: Assembly comprises four unique castings (6 in total) weighing 123 lbs. Dimensions: 47 x 22 x 20 in.


Application: New engine main assembly for transportation, off-highway and


transportation, off-highway and power generation.


• First castings were produced o weeks fr m the release of data using 3-D printed


and casting solidi- ficication modeling.


• In total, seven engine sets were produced that


allo ed the customer to quickly evaluate the


allowed the customer to quickly evaluate the


design and test the product. design and test the product. 34 | MODERN CASTING May 2017


irst castings were produced two weeks from the release of data using 3-D printed sand technology and casting solidi- ation modeling


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