Prof. D. Apelian and Prof. M. M. Makhlouf of the Advanced Casting Research Center at WPI, Worcester, MA, will be presenting a webinar series will be presenting a webinar series on Aluminum alloys specifically targeted for die casting operations. This series is made up of three modules each of them covering a certain aspect of the topic.

Part 1
Die Casting Alloys – This webinar will review the total landscape of Aluminum alloys and discuss and learn major applications for each alloy type. Selection criteria will be presented and discussed.
Date: January 16, 2013
Cost: Corporate Members $39
Non-Corporate Members $89

Part 2
Performance of Die Casting AL Alloys – During this webinar attendees will study in depth the effects of alloying elements, and more importantly how various alloying elements affect mechanical properties.
Date: January 23, 2013
Cost: Corporate Members $39
Non-Corporate Members $89

Part 3
Enabling Tools for Alloy Development (Case Studies) – This webinar will present the tools available to the die caster to customize for specific applications and also to use existing tools that have been developed by NADCA. These will be complemented by successful case studies.
Date: January 30, 2013
Cost: Corporate Members $39
Non-Corporate Members $89

Attending a webinar is an excellent way to obtain vital information without the hassle or cost of travel.

Purchasing the three part series together is only $97 for Corporate Members and $247 for Non-Corporate Members! These 60-minute presentations will not only address important information on the topic but also provide adequate time for questions, answers, and discussion. To register for this webinar please or series of webinars please visit:

Reduce Die Soldering in Die Casting – January 10, 2013

North American Production to Get Boost From Import Replacements in 2014

Overseas-based manufacturers will continue to shift more sourcing to North American factories, according to WardsAuto’s latest North American Light Vehicle Production Forecast.

The volume from the import replacement added to this month’s revision increases the outlook for 2014 by 123,000 units, lifting the year to 16.2 million.

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NADCA Safety Award Program Open for Applications

NADCA’s acclaimed annual Safety Award Program is now accepting applications. Awards are given for Perfect and Outstanding Safety Records for die casting companies and suppliers to the industry. Only NADCA Corporate Members are eligible for this program. Applications are accepted through the end of the month, and companies will be notified of their award status in March. Winning companies are recognized in print, via Die Casting Engineer magazine and LINKS magazine. The Safety Awards will be presented during NADCA’s Die Casting Congress & Tabletop, September 16-18, 2013, at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, KY.

To learn more about the Safety Award criteria and entry form, please visit:

Want to Learn More About Semi-Solid Slurry Forming of Alloys? Check Out NADCA’s Newest Publication!

Semi-solid metal processing has been known for many years to have several benefits that could change the way the industry produces metal parts. The focus of the exploitation of the technology in the early years has been on forming semi-solid metals by the thixocasting route. In the last decade, however, the focus has been shifted to a more cost effective and less complex forming route, called rheocasting. During the attempts to commercialize a rheocasting process in the die casting industry, it has been found that the needs to modify the current processes, machines, and dies have prevented prompt interests and collaborations from the industry.

A new forming approach called semi-solid slurry forming has been applied. This process involves producing semi-solid slurries at a low solid fraction so that they can simply be poured into a shot sleeve.

NADCA’s new publication, Semi-Solid Slurry Forming of Alloys by Jessada Wannasin, covers a historical introduction to the subject and then moves to the formation of the slurry, its fundamentals and its practice. In addition forming processes are addressed as well as characteristics and benefits of the cast products. This publication also provides insight into the intimate relationship among processing, structure and properties, and also shows how relative processing costs influence processing route to be chosen.

Semi-Solid Slurry Forming of Alloys is now available for purchase at the price of $40 for Corporate Members, $60 for Individual Members and $80 for Non Members. To purchase this publication please visit; publication #217.

Please contact the NADCA publications department at if you have any questions.

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