V.I.C. 12 Tabletop Casting System with Programmable Oven, 110-Volt
Item Number: 705128028
A complete casting workshop that provides everything you need for solid and perforated flask casting (except a torch or metal-melting furnace). This system includes the tabletop V.I.C.™ 12 casting machine, a shop workhorse that allows you to cast solid and perforated flasks up to 5" diameter by 7"-tall flasks. This system includes a nine-program Neycraft® Vulcan oven (703-028
) with a built-in programmable controller and a larger interior capacity with pre-settable programs for unattended, overnight burnouts.
A wide selection of casting shop must-haves are also included for immediate casting capabilities in your shop. The system also includes all the consumables and accessories you will need to get you started.
• Power: 110 volts
The system includes:
• one V.I.C.™ 12 tabletop and perforated casting machine (#705-118
• one The Rio Assistant™ (#705-140
• one Neycraft® Vulcan oven with a built-in programmable controller (#703-028
• two 2-1/2" NeuSprue™ base assemblies (#710-907
• one 3" NeuSprue™ base assembly (#710-740
• one 4" NeuSprue™ base assembly (#710-742
• 3" slim NeuSprue™ for 4" flasks; pkg/120 (#710-980
• 5" slim NeuSprue™ for 6" flasks; pkg/30 (#710-982/30)
• Wax Web™ for 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" flask; pkg/100 (#702-203/BK)
• two stainless steel flasks, 2-1/2" x 3" (#702-016/14)
• one stainless steel perforated flask, 3" x 4" (#702-190/N)
• one stainless steel perforated flask; 4" x 6" (#702-189/N)
• 2-1/2" rubber flask extender; pkg/3 (#702-330
• shrink bands for 3-1/2" flasks; pkg/100 (#710-957/100)
• shrink bands for 4" x 6" flasks; pkg/100 (#710-960/100)
• R & R® Ultra-Vest®; 100 lb. drum (#702-313
• Rio Vacu-Film™ concentrate, makes 1 gal. (#702-152/1)
• Matt’s Casting Flux™; 1 lb. (#704-115
• Rio casting crucible (#704-022
• flask tongs; 15" long (#704-026
• 14" asbestos-free casting gloves, 1 pr. (#704-104
• investment scale, 11 lbs./5kg (#702-108
• 3M 7502 half-face respirator (#201-669
• 3M respirator cartridge filters, 1 pr. (#201-649
• metal investment scoop (#702-092
• rubber mixing bowl, 1-gallon (#702-132
• mixing spatula, 4" x 7/8" blade (#702-141
• graduated 1000cc pitcher (#702-113
• 1/4" carbon stirring rods; pkg/5 (#705-120
• "Practical Casting: A Studio Reference" book (#550-185
2013 Tools and Equipment Catalog p.513
How to Calculate NeuSprue Button Size To Reduce Metal Loss
When you cast with NeuSprue, knowing how to calculate the precise amount of metal you will need for your sprue button helps to minimize metal loss and use your precious metals more effectively.
The button portion of the NeuSprue™ has been economically designed to conserve metal usage while still supplying a needed reservoir of metal for the solidification process.
Because the NeuSprue wax button is hollow, the cast button will only be 1/3 full of metal.
To control the size of the button after casting, take the overall weight of your NeuSprue wax tree and subtract 4.7 grams (this will cast the tree without a button).
Then, simply add back the wax gram weight, up to 7.6 grams, that you want your final button to be. The full 7.6 grams will result in a full button after casting.
How to Choose An Appropriate Gate Size for Your Ring Patterns
Know how to design effective feed gates for your master ring pattern. A well-designed gate helps streamline the flow of metal into the pattern and helps reduce defects caused when metal can't effectively reach all parts of your pattern.
The main feed sprue diameter should equal
the sum of the two connecting gates for
optimal flow of metal into the pattern.
Balance the thickness with a single sprue of equal thickness, and there should be equal thickness everywhere.
Please Note: Round gates are best, and
3mm round is the best for most patterns.
How To Determine Metal Weight for Wax Trees
Knowing how to determine the correct metal weight for each wax tree before you cast ensures that you melt the right amount of metal for your cast, making your casting process more cost-effective and more reliable.
24KY = 19.32
18KY = 15.58
14KY = 13.07
10KY = 11.57
Fine silver = 10.49
Sterling = 10.36
Platinum = 21.54
Caster's brass chunks = 8.4
Caster's white bronze chunks = 8.1
Ancient bronze = 8.8
Yellow bronze = 8.4
Manganese bronze = 8.3
Nickel silver = 8.8
Alpaca = 8.6
First, weigh your wax models along with main and gate sprues. Then add an additional 10% to account for your button.
Multiply that total by the specific gravity of the metal you're casting (see table above for a general guideline).
Example: For a 5-gram wax model, add 0.5 (10% of 5g) to get a total wax weight of 5.5g. For a 14KY gold casting, multiply 5.5g x 13.07 s.g. The amount of 14KY gold needed for this tree is 71.89 grams.
How To Evaluate the Effectiveness of Shrink Bands
Here is a concise comparison to illustrate how to evaluate the effectiveness of covering perforated flasks with Shrink Bands vs. other methods (masking tape and rubber sleeves).
• Easy and fast to apply
• Complete, waterproof, effective seal
• Easy to remove
• Easy to apply
• Difficult to apply smoothly to flask
• Effective seal once properly applied (must be completely wrinkle- and fold-free)
• Becomes progressively less effective over time as elasticity deteriorates
• Difficult to remove
• Must be cleaned prior to re-use