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Foundry 101

Learn the most information about castings and foundry basics in the least amount of time with our streamlined FOUNDRY 101 program.


Perfect for castings buyers, purchasing departments and casting design engineers, you’ll learn more about Waupaca Foundry’s custom built vertical green sand molding machines, tailored quality checks and the streamlined casting production that brings you the highest quality, most reliable castings on the market. You will understand the factors that affect manufacturability and total manufacturing cost. Find out how our focus on design for manufacturing affects casting consistency and quality, as well as the importance to you and your end customer.



Experience Waupaca's FOUNDRY 101 in one of three ways:

  • Customized, private training is available for your company. A Waupaca Foundry expert will visit your site and educate your team. Contact your key account manager to arrange for a private FOUNDRY 101 program.
  • Attend FOUNDRY 101 at Waupaca Foundry. To register online, click here.
  • Explore the following pages for online basics and learn more about key terms and phrases used in the iron casting industry, the critical steps in making castings and how the science of metallurgy meets the process of casting iron.
    Either way, we hope you see that creating castings marries technology with expertise handed down by generations of foundry experts.

Terms & Phrases

From cupola to vents, we define key terms used in the process of casting iron.

Casting Technology

A brief guide to the types of castings and the technology used to cast them.

History of Iron Castings

What started in ancient China became the foundation for American industry. Learn how iron castings shaped our country.

Alloy Guide

A guide to the types of iron cast at Waupaca Foundry.
  • Learn More


Links to foundry industry and iron casting resources such as AFS, Ductile Iron Society, FEF, and more.

Quality. Durability. Experience.

Learn how Waupaca Foundry improves total casting manufacturing cost with our custom vertical molding process and casting design and engineering support in our industry-leading FOUNDRY 101 program.

  • Register here for a FOUNDRY 101 event on June 17, 2015 at Waupaca Foundry Plant 2/3 in Waupaca, WI. Space is limited and all 2014 sessions are full, so be sure to register.