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This article discusses the sequence of operations for producing a foam pattern for casting. It provides information on expandable polystyrene (EPS), the most preferred material for manufacturing lost foam patterns. The article describes the major functions of pattern molding and assembly for the lost foam process. The purposes and application of various lost foam coatings are also provided. The article describes the investment of the foam pattern in sand system. It discusses the advantages of lost foam casting and concludes with information on formation and reductions of folds in lost foam casting.

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Raymond Donahue, Kevin Anderson, Lost Foam Casting, Casting, Vol 15, ASM Handbook, Edited By Srinath Viswanathan, Diran Apelian, Raymond J. Donahue, Babu DasGupta, Michael Gywn, John L. Jorstad, Raymond W. Monroe, Mahi Sahoo, Thomas E. Prucha, Daniel Twarog, ASM International, 2008, p 640–645,

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