Northampton Bound

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  1. Toto

    Toto I'm best ignored Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    Well, tonight I booked myself in to the Premier Inn in Northampton for Friday the 3rd of May.

    I am taking up a very generous offer made by NMRS Models. I'm going down for a demo on how to make moulds for casting white metal and also on how to spin the casts.

    NMRS Models shall be commissioned to make my initial moulds and the first run of casts but I sill be taking the spin casting side of things in-house going forward. I'll be looking at buying the necessary spin caster and white metal furnace equipment in the not too distant future.

    I phoned Graham from NMRS to confirm my visit for Saturday the 4th May so all is good and officially set up now. Exciting and interesting times ahead.

    I'll hopefully get a few pictures of my visit to post up onto the forum on my return in case anyone is interested in the process.

    Cheers

    Toto
     
  2. gormo

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    Have a good trip Toto,
    That`s very generous of NMRS to show you the process.........but just remember mate.........leave the hammer at home.....:avatar::avatar::avatar::avatar:
    :cheers::tophat:Gormo
     
  3. Toto

    Toto I'm best ignored Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    Awwww spoil sport. :avatar:
     
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    Incase you’ve not been south on the M1 or late, just be aware of the matrix system when your on the 4 lane sections. If they come up with a lower speed, and your still exceeding, :facepalm: flash!

    There is rumour they are putting it to trigger at 70 now... and that was way before April 1st:faint:

    I think all the road works are more or less complete.

    But more importantly, enjoy!:hammer:
     
  5. Toto

    Toto I'm best ignored Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    Thanks for the heads up on the speed cameras Andy. I have had several acquaintances with these in the past and gave the points to prove it. :avatar: cheers toto
     
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    Gary Will the real Gary please stand up... Staff Member Administrator

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    So Toto will be learning how to cast his own hammers now...!

    Good luck on your venture and soon enough we will be smelling the smeltering of white metal instead of Cobalts...

    Cheers, Gary.
     
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    Toto I'm best ignored Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    :avatar: the cobalts can breathe a sigh of relief now.
     
  8. Gary

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    :avatar::avatar::avatar:
     
  9. Toto

    Toto I'm best ignored Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    I 've made some inroads into procuring my own spin casting equipment as the earlier I have it, the quicker I start reaping the cost benefit of producing my own white metal products. There are significant savings to be had from the outset. Mould making, now that's another thing but I'm happy to outsource that.

    The shed will be going through a bit of a transformation to take the equipment and to get ready for " production " mode.

    Busy busy.

    Toto
     
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    Time for a name change to Thor if he’s casting hammer?
     
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  11. Toto

    Toto I'm best ignored Staff Member Founder Administrator

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  12. Toto

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    Hopefully the smell of burning won't be my shed :avatar:
     
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    At the speed and rate of development this venture is currently taking you'll need a business start up unit down on the industrial estate.:avatar:
     
  14. Toto

    Toto I'm best ignored Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    I wish
     
  15. Keith M

    Keith M Staff Member Moderator

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    That's just what I was thinking Paul. A white metal furnace in a wooden shed sounds a bit worrying to me. Hope the local fire station's not too far away! :giggle:

    Keith.
     
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    Toto I'm best ignored Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    It's nothing too heavy duty. It will be built into an appropriately protected surround. There is a 5kg capacity version at 750watts or a 20kg version at 2kW. The smaller one may do. I'm not sure yet.

    It won't be left unattended and I'll have an appropriate fire extinguisher at hand just in case. :avatar:
     
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    They are basically not much different from a ceramic kiln which heats to temperatures anywhere above biscuit firing 840 deg to stoneware at 1000 deg, white metal becomes liquid at 400 deg and the heating pot is insulated anyway... it has to be so to protect the user from burns. It would be wrong to say these small devices are the same as a hot metal furnace or small blast furnace which either has to have a refractory pot lowered into the heating chamber with iron rods or the molten metal tapped off from below via the release of a clay plug bung. All the same Toto will need to use my leather casting apron but get some leather gauntlets, hat and eye goggles in order to protect himself from spillage burns and hot spats. Just don't do any casting on rainy days... or you will soon find out how molten lead reacts will cold water. It explodes like shrapnel making a very (and I do mean very) loud zinging sound as it rips itself apart.
     
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    :avatar:Back in the mid 70's, I spent 18 months working on H J Enthovens lead smelter and Kawecki-Billiton's aluminium smelter at South Darley in Derbyshire. One thing I learnt was that lead is a cumulative poison, that is to say it builds up in the body, both from fumes and dust, smokers being most at risk, due to the then 'crafty fag' breaks taken by some of the workers, dust on the hands being passed to the mouth when putting the ciggy into the mouth. This showed up in the 3 monthly mandatory blood tests, though as a non-smoker, I never had a problem. Toto won't be refining lead, so lead 'dross' shouldn't be a problem, but if this gets wet, one of the 'by-products' is Arsine gas (as in Arsenic), and I recall a couple of bricklayers cleaning up after a job next to one of the furnaces, using a hosepipe and wetting the dust (which was actually dross). They ended up hospitalised, fortunately not seriously affected, but the local hospital had no idea how to treat them as they'd never had cases like this before. I'm not trying to alarm anyone, just pointing out that there is more danger than just that of fire or getting burnt, better safe than sorry! Just take care Toto, leave the fags 'til the jobs done!:avatar::avatar:

    Keith.
     
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