Hands-on Introduction to Metalcasting

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Learning Outcomes 

  • Describe the metalcasting industry by defining the term metalcasting, listing at least five end-use markets for metalcastings, and listing at least two challenges facing the industry.
  • Summarize the overall process of how a casting is made from part design through delivery to the customer.
  • Describe the quality assurance methods and measures used to ensure castings meet customer specifications
  • Explain the importance of safety in the metalcasting industry.

Course Introduction

This course introduces the process of metalcasting. It provides a broad picture of what happens in a casting facility, while illustrating the technology, variables and complexity involved in producing a casting. It covers casting design, alloy selection, process selection, design of the gating system, pouring and shakeout methods, cleaning and finishing methods, quality assurance, and safety and environmental regulations.

Benefits to Taking the Course

Attendees will gain valuable insight by participating in the making of several castings throughout the three-day course, and will leave the course understanding the basic process of making a casting and key decisions to be made in metalcasting facilities.

Module 1: Introduction

Module 2: Introduction to the Metalcasting Industry

  • Introduction to the Metalcasting Industry

Module 3: The Making of a Casting

  • The Casting is Designed
  • The Alloy is Selected
  • The Casting Process is Selected
  • The Gating System is Designed
  • The Casting is Made
  • The Casting is Removed, Cleaned, and Finished

Module 4: Quality Assurance

  • Quality Assurance Tests
  • Casting Defects

Module 5: Regulations

  • Environmental Regulations and Concerns
  • Safety Regulations and Concerns

Module 6: Putting it All Together


What our students are saying.............

"I wish I had taken this course years ago when I first started working with designing castings; the hands-on portion of the class was engaging and fun."
"I wish I took this sooner. Excellent class and I hope I can go to more courses."
"Having a hands-on segment was invaluable. It made the class dynamite and really helped clarify any loose ends from written materials."