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11 Metal Casting Methods

A mold cavity for a complex casting is pressed into the grey color sand in the swing of a vertical mold

Metal casting is the process of pouring molten metal into a shaped space so that it will cool and harden in that form. For many items, this process can be less expensive than machining the part out of a piece of solid metal. Even though the idea behind it seems singular and simple, there are many ways foundries cast objects. How they make a metal casting mold will depend on the metals used, the size of the run, and the shape, symmetry, and complexity of the casting.

Rapid Prototyping and the Foundry

Investment casting drawing with ruler and pencil lying on top

A designer, entrepreneur, or inventor gets an idea and begins the process to bring it to life. At first the idea is made of sketches and plans, research and design, but the designer’s focus is toward creating a physical object. There is no replacement for holding a mockup or prototype and seeing a vision come to life. Prototyping allows the designer to have confidence in their idea, work out production flaws, and woo investors or clients.

Fighting Back against Bike Theft

A luggage rack is left chained to a fence after a thief collected the bike

Cities across North America are promoting ecology and health through sustainable transportation. Integrated bike lanes and transit networks promote cycling as an inexpensive, fun, and active way to get around. Such infrastructure can help with congestion, bring more people to street level retail, and enliven a local community. The League of American Bicyclists shows a 51% growth in bicycle commuting from 2000 to 2016. All the investment in infrastructure is making a difference.

Balancing Security and Appeal in Urban Planning

Bollards on downtown street with neon lights

When it comes to urban development and planning, communities are managing competing goals. On one hand, the public square is having a renaissance. Research confirms that pedestrian-friendly streets and walkable neighborhoods make for healthy, attractive cities. Vibrant streetscapes engage people to walk, play, eat, and shop, which lead to many benefits. Walking promotes

The Essential Guide to Bike Parking

Large sheltered bike parking facility

As society shifts towards sustainable living, a cleaner alternative to automobile commuting is gaining traction. Cycling offers benefits that surpass driving on many levels—an economically and environmentally sound option that helps people to fulfill health and fitness goals. While cycling proves to be an excellent

A Comprehensive Guide to Traffic Calming

Congested street with taxis and other vehicles

Urban landscaping in the 20th century focused on the quick and unobstructed flow of motor vehicle traffic. It is only within the last few decades that urban planning has started to embrace more balanced spaces within the community—encouraging walking, cycling, and outdoor social interaction. This