Metal Casting CenterUNI Metal Casting Center

As leaders in independent research specializing in metal casting materials, processes and technology, the UNI Metal Casting Center focuses on materials research, metal manufacturing and foundry education. With revolutionary metal casting, molding, and 3D printing equipment, the MCC is able to utilize its equipment to advance learning and push the boundaries of technology.


Green Sand Capabilities:

  • Simpson Batch Muller with 350 lb capacity
  • Simpson Muller with 3000 lb capacity, including a shakeout deck and automatic sand return system via elevator
  • Herman Automatic Molding Machine
  • Dietert AFS Clay Wash Machine
  • Dietert One Jolt Tensil Toughness Tester
  • Dietert Ammoniacal Nitrogen Tester
  • Methylene Blue Station
  • Simpson Wet Tensil Tester
  • Diedert Fri-ability Device

Chemically Bonded Sand Capabilities:

  • Redford Cold Box Core Making Machine
  • Gaylord Cold Box Core Making Machine
  • Laempe Cold Box Core Making Machine
  • Small Klein Batch Mixer for Material Preparation
  • Continuous No-Bake Mixer
  • Thwing Albert Tensile Tester
  • Bcira Diertert Hot Distortion Tester
  • Dietert Gas Evolution Chamber
  • Dietert Hot and Cold Shell Tensil Tester for Shell Sand

Unbonded Sand Capabilities:

  • Dietert Specific Surface Test
  • Simpson Gerosa Permeability Tester
  • Sieve Shaker

MCC Equipment:

  • High-Frequency Induction Furnace
  • Gas Fire Furnace -capable of melting 300lbs of ferrous alloys
  • Precision Scientific Correction Oven -Melting non-ferrous alloys
  • Brookfield Viscometer
  • Simpson Universal Sand Strength Machine
  • Perkin Elmer FTIR Spectrometer
  • Mettler Toledo TGA-DSC/MS
  • Dilotometer
  • High-Temperature Transverse Strength Machine
  • Ametek Metal Spectrometer
  • Rigaku ZSX mini II X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometer

Current Research & Development:

Staff and students are continuously working on R&D projects to advance the foundry industry. Here are just a few highlights:

  • Material characterization for ceramic 3D printing
  • The use of advanced sensors to test the VOC’s, temperature, humidity, and pressure of the curation in binders and sand grains