I'm taking machining/casting classes

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    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.
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    Nothing saying you couldn't machine your casting as well.
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    A lot of people are doing that.

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

    True.

    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.
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