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my first home aluminum casting attempt (lost wax)


my first home aluminum casting attempt (lost wax)


Metal Casting | Lost Wax

In restoration there are times that call for us to have to make a part from scratch. Often it requires that we machine a part from square or round metal stock, but sometimes there is a need for us to cast an item so that we can perfectly duplicate the original for the purpose of restoring the item back to new. Metal casting can also give us the ability to make extra stock for the future, should a part be a common failure on a vehicle with no aftermarket replacements.

This video shows the process of casting in bronze using some old pieces and castings as our molten metal and using the “lost wax” casting technique that has been used for thousands of years. We hope that you will enjoy this video, and if so, please like or comment.

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Metal Casting at Home Part 70 Lost PLA Casting First Attempt

After successfully making 3D printed patterns for sand casting I wanted to try lost PLA. I am very pleased with this printer the prints come out great
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Brass Pen Holder Lost Wax Casting

More fun with lost wax casting! This time I tried brass.
Actually it's my first try ever at melting brass. I like a lot the feel and weight that has! The lady came out pretty well too. :D

If you want to know more about my lost wax process here is my first video where I go through the details:

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How To Do Aluminum Casting Using Green Sand - Making Plaster Patterns & Casting

How To Do Aluminum Casting Using Green Sand in The Backyard Foundry Using A Plaster of Paris Pattern, A Simple Flask, Crucible and a Homemade Aluminum Furnace. I show you in this video how I make my plaster patterns for foundry casting and finish it up with casting the newly made pattern in aluminum. My Greensand is made from sifted play sand, kitty or cat litter and water. A Start To Finish Video. The plaster pattern is made in a vacuum formed plastic mold. Thanks For Watching!

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Dave Stephens bladesmith: 1st attempt lost wax casting.

INTRO TO LOST WAX CASTING - maker coin challenge : lwc #1

YouTube Casting Challenge : Creating a Maker Coin - a collaboration between VegOilGuy & SWdweeb with Lost Wax Casting and Sand Casting.
It's a challenge , a friendly competition between friends to cast something different with a home foundry, something that will test and stretch our skills. It's a Maker Coin and we each have a 3D print to convert to something more coin like. It's small, it's got a lot of detail on it, and it's not as easy to cast as you may think.
For my approach, I went with Lost Wax Casting, which is something I've never tried before. I needed to make a Silicone mould copy of the coin, then wax copies of the coin, surround these with investment, burn out the wax and replace this with hot metal, both aluminium and copper. It certainly tested me and I've still got a lot to learn.

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John runs a small manufacturing operation in Sydney Australia called Ornamental Castings making fine-detailed model components in several model areas such as railways, cars, trucks, boats and aeroplanes.
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After retirement Paul followed his passion of miniature tools and began manufacturing miniature Kentucky longrifles. An incredibly talented fabricator of the miniature with a wealth of knowledge he’s happily sharing on YouTube.
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Casting Brass: My first attempts!

Hey guys! Today I wanted to try and see just how difficult it is to construct a forge, crucible and torch assembly and melt some brass down for a beginner! These are my first attempts and failures! hopefully I can get a better forge up and running soon and melt some other metals such as aluminum (which probably would have been easier)

I'm by no means an expert and this is well outside my wheelhouse of knowledge, so feel free to leave a comment with some tips or criticism!

Also be sure to check out Grant's video on his torch and furnace for a more laid out instructional on creating your own forge, mine is a bit different, but the same principals apply.

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lost foam casting: EXPERIMENT with thin plaster coating : lfc #7

I get good, consistent results when foam casting with Aluminium with my Green Sand technique, but some folks recommended I try a thin plaster coating instead. I was more than happy to give this a go. So I gave a foam pattern a thin coat of plaster of Paris, let it dry, then fired up my home made electric foundry and poured.
Here's the results of my metal casting experiment using my electric home foundry. Enjoy!


Lost PLA casting. Alexander the Great

Today I'm gonna try PLA casting and make a bronze statue of Alexander the Great. First step will be to print 3D statue of Alexander of Macedon. Second step is to make a plaster mould and final step is bronze casting. I decided to use only plaster without sand because I've found that in the nearest shops all plaster is not pure, so no need to mix it with sand. The trick is to dry the mould slowly to prevent cracks. Next thing is to avoid bubbles in the plaster.

My other videos:

Lost PLA casting. Alexander the Grate:

Which alloy is the hardest? Hardness test of 10 metals:

Making red Brass or Bronze or Gunmetal. Have you ever seen red brass? -

Making the strongest Manganese Bronze. Casting Manganese Bronze ingots -

Making Tin Bronze. DIY bronze. Classic bronze -

German SIlver from coins. Melting Nickel Silver and casting bars -

DIY Aluminum Bronze. One of the hardest bronzes! -

White Bronze - home melting techniques. High Leaded Bronze production -

Casting brass hand grenades lost wax technique

Lost wax casting some brass hand grenades for gear shift knobs....

Lost PLA Casting: First Try at Casting 3D Printed Parts in Aluminum at Home.

Today I try to combine my metal foundry activities with my 3D printing activities. You can probably tell from first try that things don't go super well. I 3D printed a mug in Prusa PLA using my Original Prusa i3 MK2S. That part of the process went fine. I then combined it with some wax and foam for the sprue, that part went fine. I then put the 3d print into a plaster of paris mold. That was a bit less fine but it seems to work. in this video, i do the burn out of the plaster mold, melt the scrap aluminum into ingots, and also pour into the burned out lost PLA mold. It was... quite an adventure for me. The best adventures involve metal melting, and lots of fire from a janky propane burner.

Here is the mug that i printed:

This furnace is loosely based on the mini metal foundry design by Grant Thomson but with a different refractory lining, the burner is based on the Oliver Upwind burner design by Lionel Oliver. I made it in this video:

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Lost PLA Casting complete guide - everything you need to know - technique equipment & more

Lost PLA casting - what's involved? How's it done? What equipment's needed? Does it cost a lot? Can anyone do it? This complete guide takes you through the entire Lost PLA Casting process, providing clear instructions and a detailed list on what's needed. Furthermore it offers cheap solutions to expensive problems, making lost PLA casting more affordable and accessible to everyone.

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I made an electric furnace that I now use as a burnout oven - A while letter I added a programmable PID that gave me much more control -

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Lost Wax Casting Process

Lost Wax Casting with Joe Silvera (updated)
This a new version of the lost wax casting overview video that I posted years ago. It has better video and audio quality and more information. Lost wax casting is making a wax model, molding it in plaster investment, burning out the wax in a kiln, and then filling the void with molten metal. The wax model is lost, but transformed into metal, like sterling, gold, etc. This video shows attaching the models to sprues, investing them in steel flasks, starting the burnout, centrifugal casting, cutting off and grinding off the sprues, and polishing with a tumbler, I hope you like it. We offer classes in lost wax casting and jewelry at Silvera Jewelry School in Berkeley, CA.

Investment Casting using 3D printed model

A demonstration of Investment Casting using a 3D printed model. The printer was a Wanhao D7 using Senertek Castable Resin. This demonstration was done at The MakerBarn in Magnolia, Texas.

How to do lost wax investment casting at home

In this video I set out to show that it´s perfectly possible to carry out lost wax investment casting with very basic equipment and using only readily available, low-cost materials.
Here my wife and I use a charcoal-and-hairdryer furnace, beeswax and plaster from the builder´s merchant to cast a 20 cm (8) lizard from aluminium. This is my second attempt at investment casting and I do make mistakes.
The main points are:
Place sprues and vents in what will eventually be an inconspicuous position
Be vigilant; until the first coat of plaster has hardened, the wax model is vulnerable to distortion
Delicate extremities are a challenge as they go unvented, yet to vent them would be to obliterate all the detail.
If you use ordinary plaster of Paris you must be meticulous about cooking the moisture from the mould in the oven. A gradual gradient is what´s needed, both as you heat it and as you let it cool. It should stay in the oven throughout the cooling procedure.
Allow a generous supply of metal at the top of the sprue and vents. It serves as a reservoir from which the casting will draw metal as it contracts.
De-gassing the metal might have improved the quality of my casting. A little sodium or potassium chloride would certainly have been a good idea.
I might have done a better job of pouring had I been more sensible about the disposal of the dross and not stepped on it. Perhaps we might not have had to weld up the poorly-attached leg, as I slopped metal into the vent of the leg in question, perhaps causing the air bubble at the junction of the leg and the body.

Casting a brass Skull in plaster

Still learning, may start to make my own wax molds?

Metal Casting An Elf Archer Miniature In Brass From PLA + Giveaway!

Today I'm metal casting a miniature Elf Archer from a 3D printed PLA model in Brass. I used the lost PLA method by first mixing sand and plaster and then heating it up to melt out all the PLA. This left me with a perfect mold of the elf archer afterwards. I also made a Elven Ranger miniature from Dungeons and Dragons which I will be giving away to one lucky subscriber. You'll have to watch the full video for details on how to win.

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DIY Aluminium Casting at home my 1st Lost Foam Skull Fail

My 2nd casting of aluminium cans and scrap into some foam skulls bought off ebay. Lost foam casting is really easy and can be as simple as a stainless steel can with a fire underneath it. Melting Aluminium cans at home has never been easier, this setup took a few hours to make, just some charcoal and instead of a compressor you can use a hairdryer,
Failure on both casts, air bubble on the first pour and a partial on the second meant it didnt cast properly. I shouldnt have used a spout and just cast direct into the top of the polysterene.

The diy casting sand should have had bentonite in it as a binder, also some wood ash as well to make it smoother, so I read, its so frigging expensive to buy. You can actually see individual grits of sand in the aluminium adds character he says.....

Upgrade to the gas bottle foundry, a second propane bottle inserted with a layer of packed sand as an insulator. The top has had a 5 inch pipe inserted plus a grid, this will be filled with a heat resistant filler once i get some more materials to hand.

Thanks for watching, feel free to comment and suggest improvements!
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Lost Wax Casting Baby Groot FAIL (Guardians Of The Galaxy)

Hey everyone today i Faild to make my first Lost wax casting but i wil try another day :) Thanks for takeing the time to watch my videos, I appreciate it so much....

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Baby Groot 3D:

Groot is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Larry Lieber, and Dick Ayers, the character first appeared in Tales to Astonish (November 1960). An extraterrestrial, sentient tree-like creature, the original Groot first appeared as an invader that intended to capture humans for experimentation.

The character was reintroduced as a heroic, noble being in 2006, and appeared in the crossover comic book storyline Annihilation: Conquest. Groot went on to star in its spin-off series, Guardians of the Galaxy, joining the team of the same name. Groot has been featured in a variety of associated Marvel merchandise, including animated television series, toys, and trading cards. Vin Diesel voices Groot in the 2014 film Guardians of the Galaxy and its 2017 sequel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and Krystian Godlewski plays the character via performance capture in the first film. Since his film premiere and animated series debut, Groot has become a pop culture icon, with his repeated line I am Groot becoming an internet meme.

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This video is for entertainment purpose only. If you try to do this yourself at home, please be aware that you use personal protection gear. If you are not experienced with melting metals please do not attempt this on your own.

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