Thanks for the review on the machine...good to know. I've bought from them before & their product was always first rate. The fact that aluminum is such a fickle beast is much of what makes this project such a worthy challenge.
I'm still researching technique & materials & melting cans & pouring ingots to re-melt & pour for parts. I've found a local resource for Smooth-on products for the urethane for the wax molds. They also have the waxes for pouring masters & spruing as well as investment plaster etc. You've been a great inspiration for me with your work & I appreciate your willingness to be a teacher.
I had a guitar case once that had a smoke smell. Bought a small negative ion generator & put it in the case for a day...problem solved. I've kept it plugged in in the shop & when I open the door in the morning, it works so well I can't even smell the wood that's stored there.
Thanks for the comments, Michael. Yes, it is exciting. My crucible is stainless steel. There was no adhesion of aluminum to the crucible. As I reported earlier, I'm melting aluminum cans & pouring ingots for use in casting. On the first melt, there was considerable slag. Re-melts of the ingots have yielded nice clean aluminum. Would be interested in knowing what powder you're referring to. As Ken mentioned earlier, I'm climbing a steep hill & most of my current activity on this is educational. But I'm going to figure it out & get it right!
Hi, Ken, I appreciate the comments.
I like steep hills, I'm a climber.
At my age, having a hill to climb is part of what keeps me going.
New things to learn,
Lost wax is the method I'm planning on using.
I agree with everything you're saying, sir.
One of the reasons I'm progressing so slowly, at this time, is the accumulation of proper materials to do this & spending time to "study it as a science before attempting to practice it as an art."