Yes, the casting process is comprised of three principal steps. In our program, these steps are taught in separate classes.
- Make a Pattern – A pattern of the desired casting can be made using any of a number of mediums including wood, wax, foam, plaster, and printing with special 3D filaments.
- Pour the Casting – The casting mold is created with the pattern in which molten metal is poured into a green sand mold.
- Finish the Casting – Various unwanted parts (sprue’s, gates, runners) are cut away from the casting. It’s then ground and surfaced to a desired shape and texture. Patinas are applied to most art pieces, while castings of utility are also usually finished to consistent luster or texture.