Students Awarded 2nd Place at Casting Competition for Celtic Sword
The Steel Founders’ Society of America held their 4th Cast in Steel competition at the American Foundry Society CastExpo on April 22-26 in Columbus, OH. The competition challenged university students to use modern casting tools to creatively design and produce a functioning version of a Celtic Leaf Sword.
Georgia Southern Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering students Noah Brack, Shelton Fowler, Xander Bowen, and Michael Jones participated in the competition. The team created a 3D model of the sword, designed the gating system with MAGMASOFT, prepared the molds with no-bake sand, and cast the sword with a modified version of the SAE4130 steel. The student team partnered with Carolina Metal Casting to cast the sword.
The swords were evaluated by professional judges, including Ben Abbott, a two-time champion and current judge of the television series Forged in Fire. The Georgia Southern team placed 2nd in Performance, 2nd in Best Casting, 3rd in Technical Report, and 2nd Overall.