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PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2012 9:53 pm 
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That damn pesky Syncros top cap has got me interested in trying my hand at casting it from aluminum in my backyard.

Has anyone here tried backyard metal casting?

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2012 5:04 am 
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I keep meaning to try it.
But you can always get stuff cast by either someone into home casting or a local foundry. I have stuff cast, the first item I made I was going to do it myself, but someone on the yahoo hobbicast group offered to do it for me. However I found a local foundry and have settled for getting everything done by them.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2012 10:04 am 
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not done it at home but used to be a toolmaker in a foundry
i think you'll struggle to get a clean part without a pressure die
and your still going to have to machine it to finish it

if you draw the part up in cad with the 15 degree (iirc) angle that the part has ,when viewed down the middle you'll see that the elongation is minimal , minimal enough to get away with keeping it circular
therefore machine the underside (that goes into the stem) with a tapered face ,drill the hole and counterbore at the 15 degree angle and it works fine

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The basic skills & methods we'll explain to you have been successfully employed by people who have never before tried their hand at metal casting. Once you understand the basics of this metal craft, then the sky is the limit.

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