ME 401 Summer Schedule UPDATED

Tentative Schedule: NOTE THIS MAY CHANGE!!!


18 Mon. Lecture: Introduction to Metal Casting – Furnaces, Molds, Metal + Safety!
20 Wed. Lecture: Wax Working Techniques and Welding Process
21 Thurs. Annex: Cutting Torch

25 Mon. Annex: Cutting Torch
27 Wed. Lecture: History of Casting
28 Thur. Gating Process Wax Patterns for Clay Molds Due


2 Mon. Annex: Mold Making
4 Wed. Holiday
5 Thur. Lecture: Introduction to Crucible Casting – Safety and Techniques

9 Mon. Annex: Burn-out Clay Molds
10 Tues.  Charcoal Pour of some of the Clay Molds  (not mandatory)
11 Wed. Lecture: Sand Molds, Aluminum and/or Crucible Furnace Types
12 Thurs. No official class, meet with teams to plan projects

16 Mon.  Lecture Continuing Sand and Shell lecture.
17 Tues. Annex:  MIG Welding (1/2 of class)
18 Wed.  Gas Crucible Pour Clay Molds Patterns for Sand Molds Due
19 Thurs. Mid-Term Exam, Lecture: Shell Mold and Crucible Furnaces
20 Fri. Annex:  MIG Welding (1/2 of class)

23 Mon. Lecture:  Crucible Furnace and Shell Mold   Cont., Digital Patterns for Shell Due (+10 extra credit for Thurs. turn-in)
24 Tues. Pour Clay Molds in Copper with Gas Crucible Furnace (note those of you who cannot attend may schedule a time to pour your mold)
25 Wed. Lecture: 3DP Tech, 3DP Molds – Start cupola lecture.
26 Thurs. Ram Sand Molds, Individual Research Papers Due
27 Fri.Start pouring sand molds.

30 Mon. Lecture:  Finish pouring sand molds, 3DP Mold Files Due (+10 extra credit for Thurs. turn-in)
31 Tues. Finish pouring sand molds
2 Thurs.  Lecture TBA
3 Fri.   Annex: Burn-out Shells and take home to clean

4 Sat.  Iron Pour – plan on an all day affair!


6 Mon. Pour 3DP Molds with Team Built Furnaces in choice of metal (Team Designed/Built Furnaces Due
7 Tues. Mandatory clean up of foundry
8 Wed. Group Research Project Presentations
9 Thurs. Group Research Project Presentations

13 Mon. Final Exam


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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