Knight Foundry’s Green Sand Molding & Foundry Practice Workshop

General Course Description

Green Sand Molding & Foundry Practice General Course Description

Students will be presented with a comprehensive overview of traditional and fundamental green sand molding & metal casting techniques.

Students begin with an understanding of the Knight Foundry facilities and a discussion of foundry dangers, safety techniques and precautions.  Students will then move to the foundry for in-depth training on green sand composition, its unique and peculiar properties in the foundry, and sand conditioning techniques. 

Students will create green sand molds using patterns provided for the workshop.  Instructors will demonstrate to students classic molding techniques and practices, adding tips & tricks as students sharpen their skills.  As molds are completed and readied for pouring, the furnace will be fired and our staff will demonstrate safe pouring procedures and then supervise as students’ molds are poured in aluminum.

Lunch will be provided.  During lunch our instructors and historians will be available to answer questions on the history of Knight Foundry, its historic significance in the community, and the current activities and goals of the Knight Foundry Alliance.

After lunch, students will be introduced to the furnace, with an indoctrination into its operations and associated safety precautions. Next, the morning’s castings will be inspected for defects, and in-depth discussion of casting defects, their causes and solutions will follow with an emphasis on defects common to aluminum and iron castings.  Then students will be introduced to cores and core making, followed by another molding session using patterns which incorporate cores and training which emphasizes the special venting requirements associated with cores.  As molds are completed and readied for pouring, the furnace will be fired again and students will pour the molds they have made.

The afternoon winds up with a broad overview of other molding and casting techniques together with questions, answers and a general discussion of the day’s activities.

Our introduction to green sand molding & foundry practice workshop is a fast-paced and intensive course on foundry practice for adults and students interested in learning the fundamentals of aluminum and iron casting in green sand molds.  Courses begin at 8:00 am sharp, include a working lunch and lecture, and conclude at approximately 4:30 pm.  We recommend comfortable shoes and clothing, as students will be on their feet for most of the day, and we encourage a good night’s sleep in advance.

Please note that this course description is general in nature and we may find the need to adjust it somewhat for a variety of reasons.  The furnace is quite loud, and while it’s music to our ears we do have trouble teaching over it, and sometimes we find it best to combine pours into one afternoon pour.  Additionally, we love to teach, which is to say we talk a great deal and sometimes find ourselves behind schedule and scrambling to make up time.  No worry … we’ll adjust on the fly to make the program just as fulfilling and educational as described here.

Workshop dates for 2024 include
March 23, June 22 and October 26

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General Course Outline and Schedule
8:00am – 4:30pm

7:30 – 8:00 Registration & Welcome

8:00 Introduction
Outline of the day’s activities & introductions
Safe practices, safety gear & precautions
Brief tour of Knight Foundry’s metal casting facilities

9:00 Green sand molding     
Green sand composition and sand conditioning
Molding equipment, techniques, tips & tricks
Students create molds of their own
Fire furnace, pour the morning’s molds & shake out

12:00 Lunch (provided)           
Informal discussion of the Knight Foundry, its historic significance & the Knight Foundry Alliance (as time allows)

1:00 Casting defects
Common casting defects, causes and solutions

1:30 The furnace
The crucible furnace and how it works

2:15 Advanced techniques
Cores, their use, and core making techniques
Students create molds incorporating cores
Fire furnace, pour the afternoon’s molds & shake out

4:00 Discussion of results
Other molding & melting methods for future consideration
Questions & answers

Please note that the schedule is subject to refinement as the day wears on, so we have the flexibility to deliver the very best program within the time available.

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