Fresh Castings: Road Trip To Ball Brass

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We recently went to Indiana to visit Ball Brass & Foundry, where castings designed by us were poured for a really cool project we’ve been working on for our friend John Devore at DeVore Fidelity. John approached us earlier this year to help him develop a proprietary bronze basket for a new speaker he designed. In order to do that, we first made foundry tooling, a “pattern” that would enable hundreds of baskets to be efficiently cast in bronze at the foundry. The process didn’t stop in Indiana, though. After we brought them back to Tektonics our team finished up the project by precision machining and patinating each component. These are a few shots of the foundry visit, but the entire scope of this job included design consultation with revisions, CAD/CAM programming, manufacturing of foundry tooling, and then machining and hand-finishing each piece.

Quality control requires deep immersion into each process used to make a product.

 
 
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After we brought them back to Tektonics our team finished up the project by precision machining and patinating each component. These are a few shots of the foundry visit, but the entire scope of this job included design consultation with revisions, CAD/CAM programming, manufacturing of foundry tooling, and then machining and hand-finishing each piece.

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