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Iron Foundry

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Pouring Iron
An iron foundry is a place where iron castings are made.

While any foundry can make metal castings from ferrous or non-ferrous alloys, most specialize in producing a specific casting because different metals require slightly different processes.

[edit] How it Works

The iron is placed into a furnace to be melted down into a liquid. Generally, iron foundries use electric arc furnaces, induction furnaces, or cupolas. The liquid is then poured into a mold. The type of mold is dependent on the foundry, quantity of material, and complexity of the casting. There are seven main types of castings: billet casting, die casting, investment casting, lost foam casting, plaster casting, sand casting, and V-process casting. The casted iron is then removed from the mold, and cleaned. The material is finished by grinding and sanding the piece to specific shape requirements.