SOLIDCast UNIT 4: Selecting the Casting Alloy
If Model does not appear on the menu bar, select File New Model.
Select Model, and then select Materials List.
Click on the Casting Material tab. You will see a display similar to the following:
This shows the currently-selected casting alloy and its properties. Note that Initial Temperature refers to the pouring temperature of the alloy. You should adjust this to match the actual pouring temperature in your foundry. The values listed in the database for Initial Temperatures are just place holders, and should NOT be considered as recommended pouring temperatures.
Now, to select a different alloy, click on the button marked From DB. You will see the following appear:
This screen allows you to select an alloy from the SOLIDCast material database. Cycle through the materials by clicking the up and down arrows in the window on the left side. When you have selected the alloy, click on Use This Casting Material. If you would like to use this casting alloy as a chill in the mold, click on the Use in Mold button, and the material will be added to the Mold Materials List. You can permanently delete a material from the database by clicking the Delete… button.
The box labeled Show Curve turns on and off the display of the solidification and shrinkage curves.
Note that after you have selected an alloy from the database, you can change its properties (such as Initial Temperature) just by clicking on and changing that item.
If you click on the Mold Materials tab, you will see something similar to this:
From this point you can select the materials that will be in the mold, such as molding sand, chills, sleeves, filters and the like.
This screen allows you to select any material from the SOLIDCast mold material database. Cycle through the materials by clicking the up and down arrows in the window on the left side. When you have selected the material, click on Add to Materials List. You can permanently delete a material from the database by clicking the Delete… button.