||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.