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Sand Casting

In sand casting (also known as lost mould casting), molten metal is poured into a mould, usually made of moulding material (sand, binder and additives). In the course of casting, the mould is subjected to such high thermal and mechanical stresses that it looses its initial strength and can therefore only be used once.

A pattern (sample of the casting to be produced) is required for moulding, which must be produced with an allowance to compensate for shrinkage of the casting material when it cools in the solid state. To compensate for shrinkage in the liquid state and during solidification, one or more risers are usually set, depending on the casting alloy used. So-called core patterns are often used to create complex internal contours and cavities. Castings are always moulded at least on both sides, so that the mould is composed of two moulding boxes, the lower and upper box, to enable the pattern to be removed before casting.



  • Casting tests according to customer-specific specifications
  • Metallurgical and casting technology tests
  • Melting/testing of test alloys (also possible under protective gassing)
  • Remelting trials of raw materials/pre-alloys/components for further analyses
  • Possibilities of melt treatment, melt cleaning and melt control by means of impeller and thermal analysis
  • Extensive possibilities for pattern and mould production in wet-cast moulding material systems as well as core shooting possibilities (cold box and hot box) for targeted test development with customers
  • Test castings of small series according to customer specifications
  • Cleaning and post-treatment options with blasting systems and heat treatment furnaces or comprehensive partial machining in our own workshop
  • Heat treatment
  • Training courses


  • State-of-the-art moulding sand preparation plant Eirich *
  • Core sand mixer
  • Core shooter with gassing unit and adjustable heating cartridges
  • MF induction furnace group with melting capacities from 5 to 150 kg
  • Thermal analysis facilities in Quick Cups
  • Mini degasser (Impeller)
  • Mould casting systems with a wide range of sample moulds, tempering options
  • Modern heat treatment facilities (circulating air, bogie hearth and chamber furnaces)
  • Shot-blasting wheel turntable and shot peening machine

* In cooperation with the Chair of Casting Research (LfGk - University of Leoben)

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