I had the privilege of working with Dale and Ken during the creation of Arena-flow. After mentioning the challenge of sand-core blowing and how past GM/National Lab collaborations had not gone anywhere, Dale presented a solution.
His technological road map from his published 2-D code to a full 3-D foundry production tool was extremely aggressive for a two man company. Dale’s background, complete grasp of the challenges, and charisma made it an easy funding decision.
That seed money was the most impactful decision GM Central Foundry has ever made for the metal casting industry, being used on every core box design at GM since. Dale’s technological legacy has indelibly and positively impacted GM and a whole industry for decades to come.
Dale was always the smartest guy and the brightest light in the room. I have the greatest respect for his accomplishments and for the grace with which he went about his work. The world is a much better place because of Dale Snider.