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MET Metal Castings Laboratory

The Metalcasting Laboratory, or better known as the "Foundry", represents a large area in the Manufacturing Laboratory. The Metalcasting Laboratory can accommodate up to 16 students. It serves MET 142 (Materials and Processes II).


The laboratory is equipped with modern equipment for melting, mold making, and quality inspection. The laboratory has a state-of-the-art induction melting unit with two 300 pound furnaces which are primarily used for melting aluminum, cast iron, and steel. The molding capabilities include green sand, chemically bonded sand, evaporative pattern, rubber molding, and permanent molding. Some of the mold making processes are mechanized, e.g., green sand and chemically bonded sand. In addition, the laboratory is equipped with machines for Diecasting, automatic permanent mold casting and for centrifugal casting. photo
The laboratory is equipped with a state-of-the-art spectrometer for measuring chemical composition of various alloys. Current analytical capabilities include variety of common steels, several types of cast iron, and most aluminum alloys. The laboratory also has comprehensive property testing and inspection capabilities for green sand. There are also several IBM PCs with data acquisition capability for collecting various data related to metalcasting process. The laboratory has the latest version of MAGMA software for simulation of mold filling and solidification processes. photo
MET Welding Laboratory

The Welding Laboratory is located in an enclosed area of the Manufacturing Laboratory. The Welding Laboratory can accommodate up to 16 students. It serves:

  • MET 142 (Manufacturing Processes II)
  • MET 215 (Welding),
  • MET 345 (Welding Processes).
The laboratory is equipped for most common welding and cutting processes -- oxyfuel welding and brazing, shielded metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding, gas metal arc welding, resistance spot welding, oxygen cutting, and plasma arc cutting. The laboratory also has a state-of-the-art robot and power supply for automatic gas metal arc welding.

The laboratory is well equipped for destructive and non-destructive testing of weldments. Destructive testing capabilities include hardness testing and guided bend testing. Non-destructive testing includes dye-penetrant testing, ultrasound testing, eddy current testing, and magnetic particle testing.

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