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crazydrummerdude 01-22-2010 05:20 PM

I'm taking machining/casting classes
 
I figure I'll keep this thread rolling for at least this semester and next. I'll bring a camera when I can remember.

Back story: I really wanted to take Manufacturing Technology because you get to run mills and lathes, and I already really like doing that. But, it wouldn't count towards my degree since it's not in my field (Aerospace Engineering). Then, I got to thinking and looking through the catalog. My senior year's pretty empty---what's this? Metals Casting is a class? Oh, I'm in. I figure I'll get a 3rd minor. :huh So, 'Materials', it is. 15 credit hours. 9 hours of which already count towards my degree. So, Manufacturing Technology is in the bag, and Metals Casting will happen next semester. There are 16 weeks total per semester.

Week 1: So far, in Manufacturing Technology, I've learned quite a bit. My peers are all annoying freshmen who have to be there because the class is a requirement for them, but I'm loving it. Turns out the first couple of weeks the class will be casting (not a bad surprise). Then, on to the machining.

Week 2: We packed green sand into a cope/drag flask and beat the crap out of it on a jolt squeeze machine. We poured aluminum down in and by the time the lab was over, we had our own little Missouri paperweights. Woo hoo! :lol3

As we left, we were given a piece of ~ 2.5" x 2.5" x 4" styrofoam to cut a shape out of for the next lab. (Don't you love arts 'n crafts?) The only rule: No drug paraphernalia, weapons, or body parts. Damn. For the life of me, I can't think of anything cool to cast that I couldn't easily just machine on my own lathe at home.

Any tips on what I should make out of the block?


Updates/pics will come as the class progresses.

Bender 01-22-2010 05:25 PM

Make a cube!

bwringer 01-22-2010 05:30 PM

An orrery.

barnyard 01-22-2010 05:34 PM

A bigger version of one of the Monopoly pieces.

Chobro 01-22-2010 05:48 PM

belt buckle

Chilipepper 01-22-2010 06:02 PM

Footpegs, levers, thick side covers for your DS...

Anorak 01-22-2010 06:03 PM

An aircooled motorcycle cylinder block. Maybe a stylized brake caliper, something absurd looking with a dozen pistons. An NR750 style oval piston.

P B G 01-22-2010 07:04 PM

Cast bar ends?

Decorative fuel cap?

Bottle stopper? Is that drug paraphanalia?

Nothing saying you couldn't machine your casting as well.

Infracaninophile 01-22-2010 08:30 PM

An airhead diode board? Think of the heat it can dissipate.

T.

PoundSand 01-22-2010 11:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by crazydrummerdude
Back story: I really wanted to take Manufacturing Technology because you get to run mills and lathes, and I already really like doing that. But, it wouldn't count towards my degree since it's not in my field (Aerospace Engineering).

who cares if it doesn't count towards your major?

(i graduated in ae w/ 178 credits)

GTomic 01-23-2010 12:10 AM

An artificial left hip joint. Send it to me if you don't want it.





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crazydrummerdude 01-23-2010 12:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Chobro
belt buckle

A lot of people are doing that.

Quote:

Originally Posted by PoundSand
who cares if it doesn't count towards your major?

(i graduated in ae w/ 178 credits)

Well, as I said, this is my 3rd minor, in addition to a few certificates. So, I don't really care. :wink:

Quote:

Originally Posted by P B G
Nothing saying you couldn't machine your casting as well.

True.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Anorak
An aircooled motorcycle cylinder block. Maybe a stylized brake caliper, something absurd looking with a dozen pistons. An NR750 style oval piston.

I was strongly considering this.. but this sytrofoam is pretty damn coarse. Can't get any detail out of it. I just started drinking and messing around with it last night. I ended up carving a... goblet... the size of a double shot glass. I don't know why. :augie

My only concern is that the sand won't fill it properly. If it messes up, I'll make a mini motorcycle engine or something.

Shocktower 01-23-2010 01:19 PM

Make a cool Motorcycle Helmet with a face in it :D maybe your own :norton with a bottle opener at the back

BubbaZanetti 01-23-2010 03:27 PM

cracker, big metal cracker

Cumminsman76 01-23-2010 03:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Chobro
an ADV belt buckle

figst.


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