CASTING & MOLDING
Casting is the process of pouring a liquid material (hot or cold) into a hollow cavity mold that is the shape of the desired object. The cast material solidifies and the object is removed from the mold cavity. The molding process refers to laying a sheet of pliable material (hot or cold) over, or into, a form of the desired shape. The sheet material hardens and is removed from the form. The resulting cast or molded object can be a stand-alone piece, or joined to create an assembly. Both casting and molding processes rely on creating proper molds or forms.
Some benefits of casting and molding include: ease of creating multiples, ease of developing work otherwise difficult to directly fabricate, and ease of duplicating existing objects in another material.
Our 2,500 square foot Casting & Molding Department is outfitted for both hot and cold casting and molding processes as follows:
Foundry (Hot Casting):
Materials: Aluminum, Bronze, Other Low Melt Metals
Crucible Casting: #30 Crucible Propane Furnace (300 cu. in. volume per pour capacity = 30 lbs. Aluminum / 90 lbs. Bronze)
Centrifugal Casting Machine
Mold-Making Materials: Resin-Bonded Sand, Green Sand, Investment (for the lost wax or lost PLA process)
Materials: Plaster, Concrete, Rubber, Resin
Mold-Making Materials: Alginate, Rubber, Plaster
Materials: Carbon Fiber, Fiberglass
Assortment of hand and power tools
Access to Metal Shop and Wood Shop during Open Studio Access, with appropriate STUCs
Material and Supplies offered for purchase in Department Shop
Storage for Material, Supplies, and Projects in Department Shop
Chemical and Finishing Supply Storage
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Studio Access is work time outside of Class time, and available to all current Students and former Students.