Casting Assignment 2: green sand molding

•  Create a two patterns that interlock in some way.  These will be cast in aluminum using green sand and with the class built crucible furnace.
•  Your original patterns need to be made from a relatively hard substance (high density foam, wood or 3D printed pattern are some things I would suggest).
•  The patterns can be hand formed, printed or milled.
•  They may be two-sided, although they will need to have perfect draft along a straight parting line.
•  Each team will need to cast at least two sets of patterns (you only need to make one pair of originals).  In the final cast the parts must be interchangeable (some final chasing of the patterns will be allowed – however they should fit without major milling).
  •Each pattern should not be larger than xyz: 5”x4”x3” and the part line should occur along the xy plane.

About skaad

Professor Laura West, head of Sculpture at Fresno City College, has been casting iron since her undergraduate studies at Southern Illinois University in the late 1980's/early 1990's. This is where her first iron furnace was built. Professor West continued her studies at Idaho State University and then became part of the teaching staff at the Johnson Atelier Technical Institute of Sculpture before moving to Fresno, California. Although Professor West has run and built furnaces of a wide variety of sizes, types and situations, she specializes in smaller furnaces and beginner crews. Laura is known internationally for her iron casting skills. Her small tap out iron cupola which melts 100 lbs/7minutes and has been used in classrooms and workshops from coast to coast. This furnace alone has seen over 30,000 pounds of iron flow through it. Professor West was even a member of a small crew of people who poured iron north of the arctic circle in Alaska. Laura's work has been exhibited internationally and focuses on the placement of cast figurative elements within installation and environmental formats. In the past several years, her work has expanded to include the use of digital technology and rapid prototyping. This research focuses on the use of digitally produced molds and patterns for use with cast metal.
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