View Full Version : Where do I go to get some aluminum castings made?

12-07-2005, 12:48 PM
Can anyone recommend a source for ten small aluminum castings? The part is about 4.5" by 6" in a teardrop shape, about .25" thick, except for two bosses about .37" tall and 1" in diameter. One side is flat. Weight will be about eight ounces each, I'd estimate.


12-07-2005, 12:50 PM
Theres a working museum in Connecticut that specializes in non ferrous metal castings. On their web page they showed a new B17 ball turret they casted for someone. Sorry, I forget their name and url.

12-07-2005, 02:09 PM
You could try:

Harley Rackley
Caloric Engine Company
P. O. Box 400
Woodland Park, Colorado 80866

Harley casts small al parts but I'm not sure if he does it for hire. He and I did cast (with his equipment) a rather large brass part that turned out ok.

12-07-2005, 02:40 PM

12-07-2005, 04:42 PM
Bill H. is referring to Mystic River Foundry in Mystic CT. I had them cast some bronze castings from a broken lever for me some time (maybe 15 years)ago. Very reasonable, I don't remember exactly how much I paid for them, it might have been as much as $25.00 for both pieces.


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12-07-2005, 06:14 PM
www.backyardmetalcasting.com (http://www.backyardmetalcasting.com)

12-07-2005, 09:23 PM
Hi Roger,

Where are you located? There is a nice little foundry located in Waterville, Ohio that does lost wax castings. These castings are close tolerance and have a good surface finish.

If you are interested post a reply and I will get a phone number or whatever you need to contact them.


black powder
12-07-2005, 09:29 PM
Have a friend who has alum castings made for Meyer-Drake race engines hear in indiana, I know he has to have patterns made for the parts he is on the internet
Gary Bridge&Iron, he might be able to help.

12-07-2005, 10:43 PM

I would be interested in the lost wax foundry in O. My foundry got too busy making stuff for the oil business, and kicked me out.

Do they do bronze & iron?


mike petree
12-07-2005, 11:00 PM
I'd like info for the Ohio foundry as well if it is no trouble.

12-07-2005, 11:01 PM
Roger, I tried to e-mail you but it came back. I operate a small foundry and machine shop and could probably cast these pieces for you if don't find someone. So if interested e-mail with the address in my profile. Bob

12-08-2005, 01:39 AM
I feel stupid suggesting it but you can do it in your back yard with minimum materials.
Collect as many pistons as you can from the local wreckers.or old saucepans or drink cans and melt them in a castiron pot.
Making the moulds is the hard part but as long as you leave space for the inevitable contractions and keep a few spares for the learning curve, you ought to get a result.
If the bits are for a structural part of an aircraft you might better be served with professional advice .
best of luck.

12-08-2005, 03:10 AM
I'd like the contact info for them, too.

Looks like I've got several possible sources now, with the "backyard" approach as the other option.

Thanks for all the suggestions.

12-08-2005, 04:27 AM
I'd make it for you for $100. Can you use more than one? Ooops. Yea you need 10. I'd do them for $50 each.

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Your Old Dog
12-08-2005, 06:43 AM
LOL I've worked about 5 doors away from this place for over 30 years and have never stepped foot inside. Maybe I will now!


Maybed Neil ought to send'em an advertising feeler.....

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12-08-2005, 07:55 PM
Hi Guys,

To: Neonman, Mike Petree & Winchman

The place in Waterville, Ohio is:

Rimer Enterprises, Inc.
916 Rimer Drive P.O. Box 27
Waterville, Ohio 43566

phone 419-878-8156
fax 419-878-6218
Good luck! Let me know how you are treated, such as timely reply's, service etc.

Ernie Deutschman

mike petree
12-08-2005, 09:38 PM
Thanks Ernie,


12-09-2005, 11:50 PM
It would be interesting to know what the professionals charge for these low-run projects. Please get back to us "home shop" boys to let us know. If these services WERE reasonably priced for the one-off projects lots of us would never have been compelled to do these things for ourselves.

If "necessity" is the "Mother" of invention, surely either "poverty" or "frugality" is its father.

It could lead to a paternity suit.