This technical introduction to small-scale non-ferrous casting provides practicalinformation and advice for metalworkers, engineers and manufacturingentrepreneurs who are interested in metal casting on a small scale.Illustrated instructions are provided on how to make equipment using local materials,and on the various casting techniques. These include green sand moulding - low-cost and relatively simple, encompassing different methods of sand castingappropriate to various types of product - and investment casting, which is an older,more versatile and precise technique but is more time-consuming. These and othermethods are described and compared along with advice on design and patternmaking, core mixtures, the use of wax, metal preparation and melting, fault findingand remedies, and kilns and furnaces.The emphasis is on local construction of equipment, often using recycled materials- there is a useful section on scrap materials and how to identify and use them -and on presenting a wide range of methods, traditional and modern, based on theauthor's extensive practical experience.This is an essential addition to the bookshelf of the small rural workshop orurban engineering business.ISBN 1 85339 197 2Steve Hurst has his own small foundry in Oxfordshire, UK. He works as a foundry consultantto various overseas charities and as a visiting lecturer in the UK, and produces sculpturewhich is exhibited widely.The Intermediate Technology Development Group wasfounded by the late Dr E.F.Schumacher. IntermediateTechnology enables poor people in the South to developand use skills and technologies which give them more controlover their lives and which contribute to the sustainabledevelopment of their communities.Intermediate Technology Publications is the publishing arm of theIntermediate Technology Development Group and is based at103/105 Southampton Row, London WC1B 4HH, UK.