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    Manufacturing Day 2018 at Eagle Alloy: Event Recap

    Posted by Jeff Cook on 2018 Oct 11

    Eagle Alloy was lively and bustling on Thursday, October 4th. That's no surprise: our Muskegon, MI campus is regularly buzzing through three shifts a day, five days a week. But this particular day brought in a larger crowd than usual: in celebration of Manufacturing Day 2018 we opened our campus to local schools and community representatives for a demonstration of modern metalcasting.

    The goal of Manufacturing Day is to inspire the next generation of manufacturers, and we wanted to support that goal any way we could. By inviting students to witness our work firsthand, we aimed to provide an introduction to modern metalcasting and manufacturing. After nearly 40 years in business, we understand the importance of letting young people know about the exciting potential of metalcasting careers.

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    Tags: Metalcasting, Manufacturing Day, Event, Community, Education

    Getting Started with the Eagle Group: What You Need to Know

    Posted by Vikki Shonkwiler on 2018 Aug 16

    The Eagle Group is comprised of four companies: a shell molding foundry, an aluminum casting foundry, an investment casting foundry and a CNC machine house. Together, we're able to manufacture a broad range of metal products from concept to completion.

    If you're looking for a new supplier for your raw or machined cast products, the Eagle Group could be the perfect fit. We pride ourselves on customer satisfaction, continuous improvement and outstanding work during all phases of the production process.

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    Tags: Product Design, Development, Manufacturing, Metalcasting, Capabilities, Product Development

    Getting Started with Permanent Mold Casting

    Posted by Jim Smith, Jr. on 2018 Jun 27

    Permanent mold casting is a type of metal casting involving reusable molds. Whereas other casting methods, like sand casting and investment casting, use disposable molds, permanent molds last much longer and can be used to produce hundreds, or even thousands, of identical parts.

    Every project can be matched with the ideal casting method. For non-ferrous castings with medium-to-high volumes, permanent mold casting offers a long list of advantages.

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    Tags: Metalcasting, Permanent Mold Casting, Aluminum Casting, Eagle Aluminum

    Getting Started with Airset Casting

    Posted by Jeff Cook on 2018 Jun 7

    Every manufacturer bringing a cast product to market must decide on the right casting process to use. Casting methods like shell molding, greensand casting, investment casting and airset casting all have their own sets of benefits and drawbacks. The right choice depends on the quantity being cast, the size of the part, and the requirements for dimensional accuracy, surface finish and material.

    While it's not as widely used as shell molding or greensand casting, airset casting has plenty of advantages, and can be the perfect option for the right product.

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    Tags: Metalcasting, Airset Casting, Eagle Alloy

    How Investment Casting Compares to Other MetalCasting Methods

    Posted by Deb Pipoly on 2018 May 8

    All metal casting processes have their own unique characteristics. When designing a new part for casting, the most appropriate process should be determined by a number of factors, including:

    • Tooling costs
    • Labor costs
    • Design characteristics
    • Desired appearance

    The goal of the manufacturer and the supplier should be to find the optimal balance that produces the lowest per-part cost at a given quantity, while meeting or exceeding all quality requirements.

    Here, we compare investment casting to three metal casting processes: shell mold casting, greensand casting and permanent mold casting.

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    Tags: Investment Casting, Metalcasting, Processes

    Aluminum Casting vs. Steel Casting: Choosing the Right Alloy for Your Cast products

    Posted by Jim Smith, Jr. on 2018 May 1

    In modern metal casting, steel and aluminum are two contenders for the top choice. Thousands of manufacturers around the world rely on both metals to produce strong, light and corrosion-resistant metal parts and products.

    You'll find hundreds of different grades and alloys for both steel and aluminum, and each has its specific advantages and disadvantages. For this comparison, we'll focus on differences between aluminum and steel alloys in general, rather than zooming in on differences between specific alloys.

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    Tags: Aluminum, Aluminum Casting, Metalcasting, Machining, Materials

    Investment Casting Guide Ebook: New Eagle Group Resource for Manufacturers

    Posted by Deb Pipoly on 2018 Apr 18

    Eagle Precision Cast Parts, Inc. just released a downloadable resource, titled Investment Casting Process Guide: A Comprehensive Introduction to Investment Casting.

    The goal of the 21-page ebook is to make it easy for manufacturers, and anyone else who's interested, to learn the basics of investment casting. Manufacturers looking for a better way to produce parts can find information on tolerances, design recommendations and a full case study.

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    Tags: Investment Casting, Investment Casting Guide, Metalcasting, Eagle Precision

    5 Mistakes Companies Make When Choosing a New Metal Casting Supplier

    Posted by Jeff Cook on 2018 Apr 17

    Whether you're bringing a new product to market, improving on an old design or entering the world of metal manufacturing for the first time, you'll need to find the right foundry for the job. Choosing a metal casting supplier can be a daunting task, and not everyone makes the right choice the first time.

    These five mistakes companies make when choosing a new metal casting supplier can lead to expensive fixes, defective products, overpriced castings, logistical headaches and customer service nightmares. Read on to find out what NOT to do when choosing a new foundry.

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    Tags: Supply chain, Metalcasting, Suppliers

    Casting Aluminum: Comparison of Methods

    Posted by Jim Smith, Jr. on 2018 Mar 22

    Aluminum can be shaped through a wide variety of process, including:

    • Casting
    • Extrusion
    • Forging
    • Rolling

    For any type of metal, casting is arguably the most versatile of all of the forming processes, and results in the greatest variety of parts. In fact, the US Department of Energy estimates that over 90% of all manufactured goods contain metal cast products.

    The same casting techniques used for other metals can be applied to aluminum, but some of the most popular methods used with aluminum are permanent mold casting, greensand casting and die casting.

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    Tags: Eagle Aluminum, Aluminum, Aluminum Casting, Processes, Metalcasting

    How the Investment Casting Process works

    Posted by Deb Pipoly on 2018 Feb 15

    Investment casting, sometimes known as lost-wax casting, is a metal forming method known for its ability to produce parts with tight tolerances, complex inner cavities and accurate dimensions.

    As we discussed in our Introduction to Investment Casting post, the basic technique has existed for millennia. Over the years, innovations in equipment and methodology have kept pace with demand. Today, investment casting is one of the most popular forms of metal casting.

    Read on to learn more about the unique process of investment casting.

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    Tags: Investment Casting, Processes, Eagle Precision, Metalcasting

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