Not to say that the two preceeding posts are incorrect, as everything from Wikipedia must be considered suspect until corroborated.
Lost-foam casting was invented in 1964 by M.C. Flemmings. Public recognition of the benefits of LFC was made by General Motors in the mid 1980s when it announced its new car line, Saturn, would utilize LFC for production of all engine blocks, cylinder heads, crankshafts, differential carriers, and transmission cases.
Weston Bye - Author, The Mechatronist column, Digital Machinist magazine
~Practitioner of the Electromechanical Arts~
Theory & Practice-
Theory is when you know something but it doesn't work.
Practice is when something works but you don't know why.
It it dangerous to combine Theory & Practice;
nothing works and you don't know why.