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Ceramic Whitewares Training

L3 - The Basics of Slip Casting

April 2024 (date to be confirmed), Lucideon HQ, Staffordshire

With the use of simple viscometers and slip density measurement, control of casting slip and cast properties is achieved in order to produce high quality, consistent large complex shaped items and handles.

The course explains:

  • Measurement and adjustment of a slip to a required density
  • Set up and operation of the Torsion and Brookfield Viscometers
  • Adjusting a casting slip to the require fluid properties
  • How the casting process works
  • How deflocculants affect the casting process
  • Casting faults and how to correct them

At the end of the course, you will be able to understand:

  • Measure and adjust slip density
  • Set up and take fluidity/viscosity and thixotropy measurements using the Torsion and Brookfield Viscometers
  • Correct the fluid properties of a slip
  • Understand the basis of the slip casting process
  • Understand how deflocculant additions alter casting properties
  • Identify the causes of the common cast faults and eliminate them