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Foundry worker pouring molten metal into a sand mold using a bottom pour ladle

Foundry: A Rich History and a Promising Future

A foundry is an industrial plant where metal is melted and cast into specific shapes by pouring it into a mold. The process itself is centuries old. Today, approximately 90% of all manufactured goods depend on metal castings for component parts, with cars and trucks being the largest market. Aluminum,

Stacks of cold rolled sheet steel coils

Hot Rolled vs Cold Rolled Steel

Steel comes in many grades, specifications, shapes, and finishes—the World Steel Association lists over 3,500 different grades of steel, each with unique properties. The various types mean that steel can by widely used in infrastructure, appliances, vehicles, wind turbines, and many more applications. Optimizing

Investment casting featuring complex design and cavities

Investment Casting: The Process and its Benefits

What is investment casting? Investment casting, often referred to as “lost-wax” casting, uses an expendable-mold process to achieve complex forms with exceptional surface qualities. It is a precision casting technique that can achieve exceptional accuracy for products both small and large, in a range of materials. To create a mold,

Molten metal being emptied out of a furnace into a pouring ladle

Specifying and Ordering Custom Metal Castings: A Guide

Metal casting is a process that produces shapes (castings) by filling voids in molds with liquid metal. Cast metal products offer exceptional strength and durability, making them useful for heavy machine applications in industries related to farming, automobiles, railroads, home appliances, building architecture, ship building, oil and gas extraction, water

Mild steel used for pipeline

Carbon Steel and Mild Steel: The Basics

Over 1.5 billion tons of steel are produced every year to make products as diverse as sewing needles and structural beams for skyscrapers. Carbon steel is a type of steel where the main alloying element is carbon, and the properties depend on the percentage of carbon present. Carbon steel is

Familiar objects seen in their wooden, pattern state before molding and casting

Casting Patterns and Patternmaking

Casting is the process of pouring liquid metal into a mold, where it cools and solidifies. The casting process can produce everything from art pieces to engine parts. The shape is determined by the mold cavity, but something needs to shape the mold—that’s where the pattern comes in. Patterns are

Cast steel train wheels

Metal Casting and Foundry Production

Our lives are filled with cast metal products. Many of the metal objects we take for granted – train wheels, trailer hitches, lamp posts, large scale industrial equipment, and even sculpture – are cast in a foundry. The sheer number of different applications for cast metal demonstrates its versatility: metal

Metal being tapped out of a foundry furnace into a pouring ladle

What is a Foundry?

Foundries are responsible for our current standard of living and industrial development, but most of us know next to nothing about them. So what is a foundry? Foundry Definition In simplified terms, a foundry is a factory where castings are produced by melting metal, pouring

Antique iron fencing made from wrought iron

Wrought Iron vs Cast Iron

People often assume that cast iron and wrought iron are interchangeable terms for early iron work, but there is a world of difference. Wrought Iron is iron that has been heated and then worked with tools. Cast Iron is iron that has been melted, poured into a mold, and allowed

Image of iron castings after production in a foundry

Cast Iron vs Cast Steel

Casting offers exceptional capacity for design detail, often eliminating the need for additional fabrication and assembly. Many materials can be cast, including several types of metals and synthetics, but iron and steel in particular feature excellent mechanical properties for a wide range of applications. While cast iron and steel may