Sand Casting UPDATED!!!

Below is the lecture on sand that we have covered so far.  One thing that I have noticed, that you all need to consider is in most cases with green sand the mold is poured with the pattern horizontal.  In this case the pattern is centered horizontally in the rectangular mold and fed with a main gate sprue from one side (see cross-section image in last slide).  This main gate will usually then have horizontal channels coming from it that lead to the pattern.  On the opposite side, there are usually channels that lead to vents and risers.

Lecture is updated to include information covered to date.  You will be responsible for the information through the slide on simulation software (I believe that is around slide 100).  Note that some information about aluminum has been added at to the lecture, you are also responsible for this information as well.

 

401 Sand Casting

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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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