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Hey Guys

Is anybody here experienced with casting and mold making?

Without going totally overboard I am thinking about casting a sterling silver base for a FuZion.

I've had an interest in jewelry for a long time and thought it might be fun to pick up a few hobby tools like a Burn Off Kiln and some carving tools and wax and some molding making stuff...but I really don't know enough about it.

Is there a material that's pretty firm that still makes a clean print? The latex/silicon type molds I've seen are pretty flexible and require some extra equipment for casting (centrifuge, vacuum box). I want to do something more primitve almost like sand casting...the base will need to be milled anyway...so that could be overpoured. The part that I want to eliminate milling is the intricate part on the interior of the block.

If I can make a solid print of the inside of a FuZion base into something like sand then it's just a simple flat pour from the crucible. Probably no more than $15 worth of Silver involved. Depending on how it comes out I might even be able to file/sand/lap the base by hand.

What do you think?

Any links to resources you use for this process are appreciated.
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post #2 of 34
For the fine pin matrix, I think you would need to mill it from a solid block rather than casting?

Nevermind, you want to cast the block's form and then mill it.
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post #3 of 34
i guess youre doing it more for e-peen than temps... which i dont think will improve too much... antimicrobial properties are allways nice though.
but nevermind me, go for it
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I would think it'd be simple, just cast and mold.




You'd wanna make sure the cast you make is absolutely perfect though.
    
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post #5 of 34
If you're going to cast a silver base for the FuZion, don't forget to get this as well:
http://www.realredraider.com/vbullet...read.php?t=485
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post #6 of 34
you might be able to cast a ceramic or clay mold and then pour silver into it and then crack it but I am pretty sure a cnc mill would be better once you code the design in cad or gcode.
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post #7 of 34
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You can get a lot of detail from fine sand mixed with Transmission fluid. But I like the idea of a reusable casting like a ceramic or plaster mold.

I don't see any reason to have to break it to remover the base.

I'm getting interested in woodworking again and want to try out some "foundry" work for the hardware...silver latches, hinges, catchments, handles. So the tools I buy would be geared toward molding and casting those sort of utilitatrian parts as "jewelry' so I thought why not make a silver base for a waterblock too

I'm going to be researching the process so I can decide if I can even afford all the equipment in the first place.
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post #8 of 34
Do it CD, I want to see one....The pins might be a pain as fine as they are, but really if they are a little rough and less then perfect it should help turbulence.
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post #9 of 34
has to be a high density ceramic mode that will survive melted silver
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post #10 of 34
Depending on how much it will cost, I'd be interested in this.

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