Department of Materials Science and Engineering
213 Holden Hall 445 Old Turner Street Blacksburg, VA 24061
A pattern was cut out of wood, using Paul's measurements of a 3-Inch Confederate Field Rifle obtained at the Gettysburg Museum. Above, the pattern undergoes finishing touches.
Above: Making the mold. Sand is poured in each flask and molded by hand around the pattern. A method known as "nobake molding" was used, which involves adding chemicals to the sand that will allow the mold to set up as hard as concrete.
Below: The completed mold for the drag (bottom half)
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