NFFS Academy - NFFS Academy is an online e-learning portal developed to provide cutting edge technical training programs to foundry industry employers and their workforce. The Academy provides immediate access to 120+ technical courses, covering multiple manufacturing disciplines, materials and manufacturing processes. NFFS Academy provides relevant, user-friendly courses that are accessible online 24/7. The courses are self-paced, self-guided, and interactive with visually engaging graphics. Concepts can be immediately applied in examples and assessments, and every course completed will be added to a transcript, with printable certificates of completion.
Technical Design Guides - A collection of design guides and alloy reference materials for Aluminum and Brass/Bronze Alloy families. These are the cornerstone of any non-ferrous foundry technical library.
Metal Matrix Composites - Below are several items addressing advanced technologies in metal matrix composites for foundries:
- Introduction to Metal Matrix Composites for Foundries (article) - A good primer article to assist foundries with understanding metal matrix composite materials, and the advantages and disadvantages they have versus traditional non-composite metal alloys.
- Metal Matrix Composite Research Program - In 2011, NFFS partnered with M Cubed Technologies Inc. to perform research entitled "Advanced Aluminum Metal Matrix Composites for Sand and Investment Casting Applications". This program was part of the American Metalcasting Consortium (AMC), funded in 2011 by the Defense Logistics Agency. The focus of the study was to investigate non-traditional methods of material manufacture for aluminum metal matrix composite materials with up to 55% loading of the silicon carbine reinforcement materials. The results of this research program are available here.
NEW! Aluminum Technical Training Videos
Trialco, Inc., is an ISO9001:2015 registered primary and secondary aluminum smelter located in Chicago Heights, Illinois. They specialize in producing clean, high-quality Primary and Secondary allows for the die casting, sand and permanent mold casting, investment casting and other specialty casting operations. Led by President Jay Armstrong, Trialco Inc. works hard to educate its customer base and provide aluminum technical information to the foundry industry.
As part of their educational efforts, Trialco is working to develop and release a series of training videos on Aluminum Alloys and topics related to the melting and pouring of aluminum alloys. The videos are being developed by Trialco in cooperation with Martin Hartlieb, a subject matter expert on Aluminum alloys and their application in multiple industries. Martin Hartlieb has a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and extensive experience (more than 20 years) in the aluminum and automotive/transportation industry, especially in foundry/die casting, extrusion, forging and heat exchangers.
Trialco has released the first four videos in the technical series, and these videos are available for viewing at no cost below: