Earlier this year, we offered our services to support aspiring Engineer Sam Wooler with his GCSE resistant materials project.

Sam contacted us in February and explained that he had designed a casting that was to act as a base for the spring-back cricket stumps that he was producing in his class. He told us that he had encountered a problem during production as his school’s crucible could not hold enough aluminium to produce the casting. Sam advised that he had been given special dispensation by the exam board and his school to approach local foundries and enquire about commissioning the production of his casting. We were immediately impressed with Sam’s commitment and determination, so we agreed to manufacture his casting as an investment casting free of charge.

We invited Sam to our Altrincham based foundry to observe the manufacture of his casting. Whilst visiting, Sam was taken on a full tour of our production facilities and learned about the precision investment casting process from start to finish. He was able to learn about the many different types of components that investment casting can produce and the unique benefits that the process offers. The PI Castings team ensured that Sam left our facilities fully informed about the casting process and the possibilities that pursuing a career in the engineering sector can hold.

We delivered Sam’s casting to him ahead of schedule which gave him enough time to finish and assemble his project before his coursework submission deadline.

Mr. Aron Rutter, Design and Technology Lead at Holmes Chapel High School, wrote to us recently to provide us with an update on Sam’s progress and to express his gratitude for our support and the excellent quality of Sam’s casting. We were also sent some pictures of Sam’s completed cricket stumps that we are very pleased to be able to share with you. It looks like Sam did a great job with the assembly and the finishing!

The School are confident that Sam will achieve a final grade that will put him in the top mark band due to the quality of his project and his folder work.

Neil Shaw, Managing Director of PI Castings said: “It was a pleasure to support Sam and Holmes Chapel High School with this project. There is the potential for Sam to have a very bright future in Engineering if he continues to work hard and remains focused. Everybody at PI Castings wishes Sam the best of luck with his exam results and his future.”

If you have a casting project that our team can assist you with, please do not hesitate to contact us today.

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