Pattern Making & Tool Making
Since 1946 General Foundry has offered in-house pattern and tool making capabilities. In-house pattern making allows us to modified tooling quickly and economically with customer’s design iterations. With our production style tooling and short-term prototype tooling capabilities, General Foundry can tailor its solution to fit your needs.
Contact us for more information regarding our precision pattern making and tool making options or call us at 510-297-5040 and we will happily assist you with your specific in-house pattern making and tool development requirements.
Customize In-House Pattern Making & Tool Development Based on your Design Specifications
With highly qualified patternmakers on staff, we can match the tooling needed for your program; whether it’s a long-term production style tool or a short-term prototype tool, we have a solution. Since the mid-1980’s when 3D printers came into production, General Foundry has continuously integrated 3D printed patterns into our production design options. As each new program/project comes to us, we tailor our tooling solution to match our customer’s needs. All tooling is customer-owned and stored by General Foundry to run when orders are placed.
Pattern Making & Tool Making Options
Most production tooling that is purchased from General Foundry is guaranteed for the product’s life, as long as there are no design changes. Below is a description of production tooling for each process.
Production green sand tooling is manufactured via machined positive polyurethane patterns that are mounted to an aluminum plate. Our proprietary blend of sand, water, and clay is ideal for industry-leading sand casting tolerances and surface finish.
No bake sand tools are manufactured from machined positive polyurethane patterns that are embedded in split-out cope and drag wood tooling. This process provides good dimensional tolerances and control.
Rubber plaster mold tooling is created when rubber is poured against master negatives; the plaster is subsequently poured against those rubber positive tools. Plaster castings provide thinner walls and finer surface finish for crisper features.
Permanent mold tooling can be machined H-13 steel or cast-iron negative molds. Permanent mold castings are usually for high volume production.
Investment cast tooling utilizes machined 6061 die (negative) to inject wax, creating wax positive patterns. Wax patterns can also be created from 3D printing.
Contact General Foundry for State-of-the-Art Pattern & Tool Making Capabilities Today
Contact us for more information regarding our tool and pattern making options. Or for a quicker and more accurate pricing request, send us your project specs, an image, or a drawing of what you are looking to achieve, and we will get back to you with pricing details as quickly as possible.