Resources & Associations

Resources & Associations for Metal Casters


MnTAP provides the following resources to help you learn more about making process improvements and taking advantage of energy efficiency opportunities in your casting facility. More information can be found on the other metal casting Web pages.


American Foundry Society (AFS) helps members manage production operations, market their products and services, and manage their employees. AFS promotes the interests of the foundry industry before the legislative and executive branches of the federal government. It offers technical documents and other information and an on-line question and answer forum.

The AFS Institute, formerly Cast Metals Institute, hosts more than 30 practical courses, seminars and workshops annually on all metal casting processes, materials and disciplines, both in-person and online at AFS headquarters, in-plant seminars and other venues throughout North America.

  • The Twins Cities Chapter of the AFS holds monthly dinner/presentation meetings during the fall, winter, and spring on technical topics. One facility tour is typically scheduled during the meeting calendar.

American Metalcasting Consortium (AMC) The American Metalcasting Consortium is providing the Defense Logistics Agency with direct support in procurement of critical cast parts for both new and legacy weapon systems.

American Society of Materials (ASM) International fosters the understanding and application of metals and engineered materials and their research, design, reliable manufacture, use, and economic and social benefits via a global information-sharing network of interaction among members in forums and meetings, education programs, and through publications and digital media.

North American Die Casting Association promotes growth and enhancing its members’ ability to compete domestically in the global marketplace. The NADCA Web site has an archive of on-line references and documents for members.

Metal Casters of Minnesota (MCM) promotes the importance of metal casting in Minnesota and is a strong advocate for the metal casting  industry through effective lobbying on a local, state, and federal level. The MCM holds spring and fall meetings with prominent speakers  of industry interest.