Re: lost styrene & wax casting
On Tuesday, December 21, 2004, at 07:54 PM, Bill Daniels wrote:
You are going to end up with some over size parts if you use 4%. I learned the casting process from Raoul LaBlank who set up PSC in the casting business and also owned and ran West Earth a jewelry Manufacture company in Seattle Wa. and also picked up pointers from PFM/PIA. All the brass they used shrank 1 1/2%. Maybe Stan was using a different kind of brass so before you start your Patterns find out what your caster is going to use. BTW before I got into doing for myself Kelly Morse was my Pattern Maker.
One more thing some rubber will shrink. Maybe that is where they are getting 4%. But if you use Dow-Corning J type RTV and leave your part in the mold for three days before cutting it open there will be NO shrink in the rubber mold. So I am talking from MY experience and so I suggest you take no ones word on this and go to the caster that is going to do your work and follow his suggestions.
The old saying "To many cooks spoil the broth".
BTW My experience is I started casting in about 1985 and continued until I moved to Florida in the year 2000. I also taught Larry Burt of Smokey Valley Railroad Models how to do Investment casting.
Also I was told you can not cast against Rotation. But I did it all the time and so did my teachers.
If you need any thing more from me contact me direct.
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