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When and Where
  • 9/8/2021 12:00 PM
  • 9/10/2021 4:00 PM

This course introduces the process of metalcasting. It provides a broad picture of what happens in a casting production facility, while illustrating the technology, variables and complexity involved in producing a casting. It covers casting design, alloy selection, process selection, design of the gating system, pouring and shakeout methods, cleaning and finishing methods, quality assurance, and key safety and environmental regulations.


12:00 PM – 4:00 PM CT daily


Course Syllabus


Course Instructors:

Michael Porfilio
Stainless Foundry & Engineering, Inc.

Michael Porfilio is director of quality, foundry engineering and technical departments at Stainless Foundry & Engineering, Inc. (Milwaukee, Wisconsin). His specialties include metallurgical sciences, quality management and assurance, foundry operations, and third-party specification interpretation. Porfilio is responsible for maintaining the ISO 9001:2015, 2014/68/EU Pressure Equipment Directive, ISO 17025, Nuclear, NAVSEA and other compliance programs in the foundry and machine shop.

Patrick Kluesner
Precision Cast and Forge

Patrick Kluesner, who graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology Management from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, served as a Training Engineer at MAGMA. He taught basic and advanced simulation techniques, with an emphasis on HPDC and sand casting. When not teaching, he was also responsible for creating content for seminars, webinars, and online tutorials for defect analysis and resolution.

Shannon Wetzel
American Foundry Society

Shannon Wetzel is managing editor of AFS’s Modern Casting and Casting Source magazines. Over the course of 15 years covering the industry for AFS, she has visited more than a hundred foundries, giving her a unique perspective on the challenges and opportunities for North American metalcasters. The award-winning Modern Casting is the flagship magazine for AFS, published monthly, while Casting Source is a bi-monthly magazine providing designing and sourcing content for customers who buy and specify castings.