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Old 01-22-2010, 05:20 PM   #1
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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. 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!

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.

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