The foundry has been around for centuries. But today, a lot more engineering prowess has been added to the bespoke skills and talismanic feats that go with this age-old industry. The discovery of the material’s versatile and sustainable uses has led to the aluminum foundry being a regular feature of industrial molding sights. For all industrial, commercial, as well as domestic purposes, other casting materials are also used.
Two widely used materials are magnesium and sand. Also, metal and steel continues to be used extensively, not necessarily for the precise results these materials are able to yield but purportedly for its ability to generate cost-savings for commercial consumers. This makes sense when you think of the rate of industry today, servicing a global population of billions. The use of all the materials mentioned so far go towards the manufacture of products for numerous industrial sectors and even more material products within these.
Surface finishes of casts or molds need to be unusually fine in order to achieve the engineering prowess required. The measurement of weight, size and dimensions does come down to artisanal expertise and experience that spans two centuries. Attention to detail goes into proper machine use and the correct paint preparation techniques required. Engineering prowess is not confined to the proverbial engine room.
It begins on the design table within the foundry’s pattern shop. It is here that full control of a design and manufacturing process can begin. Knowledge of industries across the board is also paramount. But it is not unusual to find specialist engineers catering for different industrial sectors. The design and engineering of enamel ware products will be one example. Molding processes on a gargantuan scale will be required for the aeronautical and aerospace industries.