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Pattern Shop

I spent a week in the Pattern Shop from 4th July to 8th July 1977. In my training record I scored "usefulness and interest to me" 10/10 and "usefulness and productivity to the company" 7/10.

The Pattern Shop produced most of the patterns used in the ferrous foundry at Park Works and the non-ferrous foundry at Farnsworth. Most patterns were made of wood but, increasingly, fibre-glass was being introduced. The advantages of fibre-glass patterns and core boxes was the improved resistance to wear compared with wood.

The shop also had a small metalwork-shop for the production of small metal patterns for the shell-moulding process. These have a high initial cost but this is offset by the number of moulds it can form without wear.

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