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|manager        = Jess Scott, Karen Burke, Mark Brownawell, Ben Macalister
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* '''NO CASTING ALONE!'''  You must have a buddy for casting, and that buddy must be signed off for flask handling.
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* You may not use any shop tools if you have not been tested on them.
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* Always wear appropriate protective gear- dust masks for investment, safety glasses (tinted if working with torch), aprons, closed-toe shoes.  Run vent hoods.
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* Only approved materials in flasks; wax and PLA are approved- absolutely no ABS or other toxic substances.  If you aren't sure, ask the shop lead!
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* Only approved metals for melt/cast: aluminum, brass, bronze, silver, gold are all fine.  Ask shop lead about anything else.
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* Sign in when you use the shop, and use the online scheduler for the kiln.
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* Clean up after yourself and shut down the torch properly- leave the shop nicer than you found it!
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[http://artisansasylum.com/current-classes/ Investment Casting Classes]
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Welcome to the page of the metal casting shop!
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We have a vacuum casting setup with a kiln, vent hood for investment mixing, and an oxy-propane torch and Electro-melt for metal melting.  To use any of these tools, you must be signed off by the shop lead or a tool tester!
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===Shop Rules===
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* '''NO CASTING ALONE!'''  You must have a buddy for casting, and that buddy must be signed off for flask handling.
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* You may not use any shop tools if you have not been tested on them.
 +
* Always wear appropriate protective gear- dust masks for investment, safety glasses (tinted if working with torch), aprons, closed-toe shoes.  Run vent hoods.
 +
* Only approved materials in flasks; wax and PLA are approved- absolutely no ABS or other toxic substances.  If you aren't sure, ask the shop lead!
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* Only approved metals for melt/cast: aluminum, brass, bronze, silver, gold are all fine.  Ask shop lead about anything else.
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* Sign in when you use the shop, and use the online scheduler for the kiln.
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* Clean up after yourself and shut down the torch properly- leave the shop nicer than you found it!
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===Tool Testing===
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Currently, we are asking new users to take a class to learn proper operation of the tools.  The class teaches safe operation of shop tools, but does NOT certify you to use the shop independently.
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* To get signed off on investing, you will need to complete one investment cycle safely with shop lead/tool tester present.
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* To get signed off on torch casting or Electromelt casting, you will need to cast <b>three times</b> safely with the shop lead or a tool tester, without needing any feedback from the tester at least one of those times.
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You can email the shop lead directly '''{{Nospam|cutefuzzyevil|gmail.com}}''' to arrange tool testing during regular Friday office hours.
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As of March 2019, we're requiring re-certification on the tools due to there being no previous list of signed-off individuals.  <b>If and only if you have previously taken a casting class at the Asylum</b>, this will take the form of doing one cycle of investing + casting with the shop lead present to ensure proper safety procedures and tool usage.  Email Jess '''{{Nospam|cutefuzzyevil|gmail.com}}''' to set up a time (usually during office hours) to get signed off.
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===Kiln Reservations===
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You can sign up for using the kiln here:
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[https://reservations.artisansasylum.com/reservations/index.php Online Scheduling Service]
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Instructions for the reservation system:
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[http://wiki.artisansasylum.com/index.php/Making_Reservations Reservations Wiki]
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===Mailing List Info===
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If you're going to be using the shop, please ensure that you are signed up for the mailing list: [https://members.artisansasylum.com/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/casting Casting Mailing List]
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This is also the right place to report if something in the shop is broken/malfunctioning, or to report any shop accidents.
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===Office Hours===
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The shop lead holds office hours every other Friday from 4-6 PM.  Please join the casting mailing list to get updates on any changes to those times!
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===Classes===
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[https://artisansasylum.com/classes/?action=tribe_photo&tribe_paged=1&tribe_event_display=photo&tribe-bar-search=casting Investment Casting Classes]

Current revision as of 10:24, 3 September 2019

Active Craft Areas
Casting
Investment Casting

Instructor Karen Burke pouring metal

General Info
Shop Colors
Shop Rules*
  • NO CASTING ALONE! You must have a buddy for casting, and that buddy must be signed off for flask handling.
  • You may not use any shop tools if you have not been tested on them.
  • Always wear appropriate protective gear- dust masks for investment, safety glasses (tinted if working with torch), aprons, closed-toe shoes. Run vent hoods.
  • Only approved materials in flasks; wax and PLA are approved- absolutely no ABS or other toxic substances. If you aren't sure, ask the shop lead!
  • Only approved metals for melt/cast: aluminum, brass, bronze, silver, gold are all fine. Ask shop lead about anything else.
  • Sign in when you use the shop, and use the online scheduler for the kiln.
  • Clean up after yourself and shut down the torch properly- leave the shop nicer than you found it!
Managed ByJess Scott, Karen Burke, Mark Brownawell, Ben Macalister
HoursSame as membership hours
Operational Status of Tools
Tool Maintenence Tickets

Welcome to the page of the metal casting shop!

We have a vacuum casting setup with a kiln, vent hood for investment mixing, and an oxy-propane torch and Electro-melt for metal melting. To use any of these tools, you must be signed off by the shop lead or a tool tester!

Contents

Shop Rules

  • NO CASTING ALONE! You must have a buddy for casting, and that buddy must be signed off for flask handling.
  • You may not use any shop tools if you have not been tested on them.
  • Always wear appropriate protective gear- dust masks for investment, safety glasses (tinted if working with torch), aprons, closed-toe shoes. Run vent hoods.
  • Only approved materials in flasks; wax and PLA are approved- absolutely no ABS or other toxic substances. If you aren't sure, ask the shop lead!
  • Only approved metals for melt/cast: aluminum, brass, bronze, silver, gold are all fine. Ask shop lead about anything else.
  • Sign in when you use the shop, and use the online scheduler for the kiln.
  • Clean up after yourself and shut down the torch properly- leave the shop nicer than you found it!

Tool Testing

Currently, we are asking new users to take a class to learn proper operation of the tools. The class teaches safe operation of shop tools, but does NOT certify you to use the shop independently.

  • To get signed off on investing, you will need to complete one investment cycle safely with shop lead/tool tester present.
  • To get signed off on torch casting or Electromelt casting, you will need to cast three times safely with the shop lead or a tool tester, without needing any feedback from the tester at least one of those times.

You can email the shop lead directly cutefuzzyevilREcutefuzzyevilMOgmail.comVEME@gmail.com to arrange tool testing during regular Friday office hours.

As of March 2019, we're requiring re-certification on the tools due to there being no previous list of signed-off individuals. If and only if you have previously taken a casting class at the Asylum, this will take the form of doing one cycle of investing + casting with the shop lead present to ensure proper safety procedures and tool usage. Email Jess cutefuzzyevilREcutefuzzyevilMOgmail.comVEME@gmail.com to set up a time (usually during office hours) to get signed off.

Kiln Reservations

You can sign up for using the kiln here: Online Scheduling Service

Instructions for the reservation system: Reservations Wiki

Mailing List Info

If you're going to be using the shop, please ensure that you are signed up for the mailing list: Casting Mailing List

This is also the right place to report if something in the shop is broken/malfunctioning, or to report any shop accidents.

Office Hours

The shop lead holds office hours every other Friday from 4-6 PM. Please join the casting mailing list to get updates on any changes to those times!

Classes

Investment Casting Classes

Personal tools
Wiki Maintenance