Pattern Making When it comes to developing a new casting, pattern making will make-up the first stage of the process. The pattern, being a replica of the finished piece, can be made of wood, plastic, metal, plaster or any other material suitable for the desired result. Permanent in nature, patterns are used for more than one mold and has to be extremely precise as it will have an effect on the final sand casting products. More modern pattern shops make use of computer aided designs CAD in order to produce these patterns.
A foundry is an industrial plant where metal is melted and cast into specific shapes by pouring it into a mold. The process itself is centuries old. Aluminum, iron, and steel are the most common metals processed in foundries but other non-ferrous metals are also used for casting, or as alloys added to steel.
A foundry worker retrieves a metal sample from a bottom pour ladle before molten metal gets poured into a sand mold. History of foundries For generations, humankind has found innovative ways to utilize raw materials found in nature—working with metals has been a part of civilization since ancient times.
A wide range of artifacts have been discovered by archeologists, from objects of worship to tools and weapons of war. In fact, the epochs of human history have been named after the advances in metal technology: The oldest known casting found by historians is a copper axe, which was discovered buried with a mummy from approximately B.
The foundry and furnace originated from Mesopotamia and regions of Iraq and Syria. Clay castings and hot fire pits worked to melt and shape copper, gold, and silver. The addition of tin lowered the temperature at which the two metals melted and formed bronze—the first alloy. Through successive centuries and generations, various metal working and casting techniques were developed and lost, as different civilizations emerged to dominate the cultural and technological landscape.
It is in the middle ages where the processes of casting metal in foundries were first documented. Vannoccio Biringuccio is known as the "father of the foundry industry" as he became the author of the first manual on foundries, from which the technology was further developed. The 14th and 15th century metal foundry industry in Europe became known for the production of bronze and iron bells, canons, and cannon balls.
In North America, the metal casting industry grew in support of the progress of settlers across the New World. More advanced and stronger tools, horse shoes, and rail tracks were needed to supply the demand of the developing towns and cities.
Established in Lynn, Massachusetts, it became known as the birthplace of the American iron and steel industry. Developments in foundry technology Foundry processes are continuously developing to improve the quality of products and production efficiency, and take advantage of new technologies.
Furnace developments The migration from coal to coke as a fuel for foundries was pioneered by Abraham Darby.
His innovation in led to a significant improvement in efficiency and cost, and enabled the construction of much bigger furnaces than were previously possible.
Cupola furnace The structure of an old cupola furnace operation. The dome shaped structure has an opening to supply the charge and hinged doors at the base to empty the furnace after shutdown. A coke bed supports the melting metal, coke, and limestone flux charge above the tuyeres openings where air is supplied.
Although the Cupola furnace once dominated the foundry landscape, it has now been largely replaced by more efficient electric induction and electric arc furnaces. Crucible process In 18th century England, Benjamin Huntsman was the entrepreneur behind the development of the crucible process.
This was the first process in which steel could be completely melted to yield a uniform product after casting. Electric arc furnace The back end of an electric arc furnace showing the rear door used for adding alloys and checking melt bath temperature. The introduction of commercial electricity supply contributed to the invention of electric arc furnaces.
Graphite electrodes create the electric arc and supply current as the energy source to melt iron. Ina commercial plant was established in the United States.
These furnaces are more economical at lower production rates and can be operated intermittently, giving more flexibility to metal foundries. Electric induction furnace Electric induction furnaces use a high power alternating current flowing through a coil to induce eddy currents in the metal thus generating heat, and are most commonly found in production foundries today.
Casting developments In ancient times, metal casting was done in clay molds. One of the great Assyrian kings, Senacheribb, claims to have perfected the technique of casting bronze and copper into clay molds.
As time progressed, technological developments transformed the casting process—from sand castings to electromagnetic technology. Sand castings Vannochio Birringucio, the late 15th and early 16th century foundryman, wrote a book about all forms of casting and related work.
The book describes the use of sand castings, the next major phase of casting technology. Initially sand would be mixed with clay as a binding agent so that the mold would keep its shape during casting, but over time new types of sand and bonding agents have been developed.
Green sand is one of the more common materials in use today.The combined experience of supervisory personnel in the Draper foundry totals over years with the individual length of service averaging 23 years.
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