Sand casting is one of the oldest methods for making metal parts. However, obtaining consistently high-quality results requires a detailed understanding of the process and that parts be designed with its strengths and limitations in mind. This guide offers advice on when sand casting is appropriate and how to design parts that will cast well. Sections address: (1) process overview; (2) strength and limitations of sand casting; (3) suitable metals; (4) dimensional control for sand casting; (5) casting sand and surface finish; (6) common casting defects of sand castings; and (7) design considerations.
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