The latest company to benefit from a NADCA Design seminar is Alcon Laboratories.A convenient option for any company, the NADCA Design seminar comes to you. Rather than sending a large number of your employees to a remote location, seminars are held on-site enabling them to be not only cost effective, but well-attended.

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Draft Advantages

Draft is highly recommended for all die cast product designs.The proper amount of draft will allow production of a die casting that will be easier to remove from the die casting dieresulting in a higher quality final product.To learn more about the details and benefits of draft visit: and

Update: Chinese Knock-offs

In a recent blog post, Chinese Knock-offs Move Beyond Gucci Bags, I described how some high-end Italian machinery makers are seeing copies of their equipment pop up in China. They’re fighting back through technical innovation, lower-cost manufacturing, service, and quality.

But it made me wonder what sort of legal recourse they have, if any?

I asked Thomas Babel, an attorney specializing in litigation and intellectual property with the law firm Ward and Smith P.A. He says that it is difficult to prove that an innovation was stolen by a Chinese company.

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Aluminum 380, 383, 384 What’s The Difference?

This is an often asked question.380 is by far the most widely cast of the aluminum diecasting alloys, offering the best combination of material properties and ease of production. It may be specified for most product applications. Alloy 383 and alloy 384 are alternatives to A380 for intricate components requiring improved die filling characteristics. Alloy 383 offers improved resistance to hot cracking (strength at elevated temperatures).

For more details on the full range of available die casting alloys see Section 3: Alloy Data of the NADCA Product Specification Standards for Die Castings manual.All sections of this manual may be downloaded at no charge in PDF format after registering at the new NADCA Design website Once registered check simply navigate to the “NADCA Standards” menu item.

Full-Scale Turbo-Prop Aircraft Engine Model Created with 3D Printing

The worlds first full scale turbo-prop engine model was recently produced with 3D printing.The full size physical model of the engine helped identify changes to improve the engine assembly.Some of the 3D parts are over 4.5 feet long.This new large format 3D printing capability is also suited for prototyping larger parts, that will eventually be die cast, for form, fit and function.For more information visit:

Design Track Registration Now Open

Do you want to attend our 2-day NADCA design seminar and CAstExpo’10?! Now you can do both! New for 2010 we are offering our NADCA Design seminar as part of CastExpo’10. The morning session of this seminar will provide an overview of designing products for die casting.Various considerations need to be taken into account and these will be reviewed. The afternoon session will provide details for die casting product design such as alloy properties and selection, dimensional capabilities, and tolerances.

This is your chance to attend CastExpo, Design Seminars and the Cast in North America Pavilion all at once! Designers are encouraged to sign up online at

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