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Thank you to Avalon Precision Metalsmiths for the design and manufacture of this Thank Yo!


year’s giveaway item to promote next year’s 15th World Conference in Investment Casting, Anaheim, California, October 18 - 21, 2020.


Fro Avalo... W


hen the ICI approached us to provide a souvenir casting, we knew that we


wanted to craft something that was not only representative of the capabilities of the investment casting process, but also something practical and useful. Too many souvenir trinkets end up in the bottom of a desk drawer and are forgotten soon after the event. Developing a design concept


was fairly simple; figuring out how to incorporate that into a finished casting was a bit more challenging. Given the event location, the design concept came immediately as we envisioned the classic California palms stationed by the ocean. Originally, one palm tree was placed on the jet engines, but the location caused a size constraint.


Placing them on the inner wing allowed us to increase the size and quantity as well as include an island with ocean waves. The final scene was developed using various editing tools and then imported into SolidWorks. Finally, the sun and the iconic C-A-L-I-F-O-R-N-I-A letters were added to bring the entire theme to life. The design includes a bottle opener, Philips screwdriver head, two regular slotted screwdriver heads, a keyring hole, and the names of all participating associations. The wax injection mold was produced at our in-house tool shop using very small cutters (some as tiny as .010”). The lettering and graphics were cut using an engraving tool--a very time- consuming process that took almost twelve hours.


The castings were produced at our


Markesan, WI facility. The shell room is equipped with a vacuum-assisted prime dip operation which allows the first coats of shell material to accurately capture very small details on the wax patterns. A vacuum-assisted pouring operation ensured that the stainless steel filled out all of the miniature details on the casting. We at Avalon, appreciate the opportunity to help the ICI spread the word


about next year’s Worldwide


Conference. We hope that you find the souvenir casting useful and that you have as much fun using it as we had making it. We look forward to seeing you in Anaheim!


See Yo in Anaheim! October 2019 ❘ 25 ®


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