Metalcasting can be one of the most efficient and economical processes to manufacture a metal component. To make maximum use to the capabilities of casting, the design engineer, purchaser and metalcasting facility producing the component should communicate and coordinate design features that improve manufacturability and also consider secondary operations and use. This seminar provides you with an interactive overview of various metalcasting processes and alloys so that you can make better design and sourcing decisions for your engineered cast components. The application of additive manufacturing and rapid prototyping technology to assist in reducing the time and cost to develop new component designs including examples of conversions from other manufacturing process will be discussed as well as the benefits of using AM in the foundry process such as hybrid tooling or the lightweighting of components by removing the standard manufacturing constraints during the design cycle. An informed designer and purchaser understanding how the proper material/process marriage can unleash the power of metalcasting, will be better equipped to create the most cost effective product.