Whether you have the casting already finished, or your project is on the design-phase drawing board -there are still a few things to do before your product idea or sculpting project can finally realize its bronze destiny.
It is true that taking your design to a finished foundry production is a rather simple process. However, these 5 tips should ensure that your experience goes smoothly, and that the possibility for any potential mishaps is kept to a minimum. Ultimately, we want you to look back on your sculpting project and see the finished piece for what it is: your vision in bronze.
Bronze has been a sculpting medium that’s signified wealth and prestige for more than a few millenia. Not only is the oldest alloy to have made its way into the hands of sculptors, but it’s still widely used, especially for creating larger-than-life works of art to be placed outdoors. We see these statues everywhere: from that quaint statue of a man reading the newspaper on a park bench by the town square -to the grandeurous works adorning the tops of government building rotundas.
If your company is in search of a foundry, then it might feel like there are quite a few options on the table. However, it’s important to keep in mind that your manufacturing bottom line depends on more than just saved upfront costs when working with the foundry that your company ultimately decide to go with.
It’s easy to choose the lowest bidder, and that lowest bidder might also produce quality work; but all too often, businesses have regretted their choice in this regard. A good foundry that deals in copper, bronze, and brass alloy services must have two primary strengths: product quality AND business efficiency.
For manufacturers, the viability of a product’s profit point most often boils down to cost, complexity, and turnaround time. Whether it’s aerospace parts, engine parts, propellers and impellers, and even if the product’s being manufactured in-house, or its outsourced, the end goal is the same: bring those three factors down to optimal levels.
At the same time, the entire production process needs to have a system that’s repeatable -and not just concerning the end product itself. The ‘how’ is just as important as the ‘what’, in this case, which is why CNC precision machining/engineering makes sense for manufacturers.
At Montclair Bronze, we get casting projects of all shapes and sizes. However, it’s not always the dimensions of the job that decide which methods we use. If anything, this most often has to do with the project’s alloy(s), and more often, the particular purpose or application that the product is made for.
This is one reason why a good foundry will use a very different casting method for an artistically designed bronze sculpture, as opposed to, say, an industrially developed part. Here are two of the most common types of foundry casting methods that we use here at Montclair Bronze -and why it matters for the manufacturing your particular project.