Date of Defense


Date of Graduation



Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

First Advisor

Sam Ramrattan

Second Advisor

Bade Shrestha


The investment casting process is often impractical as a teaching tool or a demonstration of manufacturing technology because it is often too large, has too many components, or takes too much time. Despite their incorporation of advanced technologies, investment casting and other manufacturing processes are perceived as archaic and unglamorous by younger people.

A miniature version of the investment casting process was produced with an induction furnace to be safe, portable, and functional for demonstration purposes. Instrumentation was used to study the furnace and a mold was designed to produce a wax pattern for casting. Appropriate materials for investment casting were carefully studied and selected to streamline the procedure. The investment casting “in a box” process will teach and expose future generations of university students to this manufacturing technology during a laboratory session.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Restricted