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Tom Cobett has 50 years of experience within the Primary Metals Industries. As an R&D specialist, Tom has worked closely with major companies who produce or process metals, helping them to solve metallurgical and cost problems. He has developed several unique products and processes resulting in both US and European Patents.

One of our recent process development projects was with Entech, in northern Indiana. Tom showed Entech how to convert steel tire wire into a cast ingot pig iron product. Entech has successfully converted a problematic, low value scrap material into a guaranteed analysis, high value alternative iron. All the melting is done in state of the art induction furnaces. Entech is producing hundreds of tons of product every day.

Tom has also developed extensive experiences with clay bonded Green Sand and Sodium Silicate bonded sand for foundry molds and cores. Tom has helped many companies understand how to get the best performance from Green Sand systems and Sodium Silicate binder systems. He ranks as one of the most experienced developers of binders based on Sodium Silicate Technology.

He is leading the development of a non-toxic, plant based, fully reclaimable, low-cost binder system for producing 3D printed sand molds and cores.  This product is due for launch in the third quarter of 2022.  Look for LightSpeed Concepts Inc.    

Tom has worked for a Copper Base Foundry, an Aluminum Foundry, an Iron Foundry, a Steel Foundry, an Investment Casting Stainless Steel Foundry, Foundry Supply companies, a Teaching Foundry and a Metals Recycling company. In addition to his R&D activities, Tom has over 20 years of experience teaching Metal Casting, Metallurgy and Materials Science courses at the university level.

He is a graduate of Kent State University, with a B.S. Ed. in Industrial Education. 

Tom Cobett is a former Board President of the Foundry Educational Foundation and a recipient of an FEF Scholarship while he was in college. He has received the E.J. Walsh Award, FEF's highest honor. He continues to serve the FEF as a member of the College - Industry Conference Planning Committee. 

He is a proud inventor of the world famous "Foundry in a Box" based on using Microwave energy to melt metal, which is then poured into non-toxic sand molds. The concept is to supply everything you need to make sand castings in a single box. This has become a valuable tool for schools around the world. For his development of the Foundry in a Box concept, Tom received the AFS Jack Steele Award for Marketing Excellence. The Foundry in a Box project is now managed and supported by the Student Chapter of the American Foundry Society at Kent State University

Tom teaches Nobake Molding and Core Making, Greensand Molding, and the Analysis and Reduction of Casting Defects courses for the Cast Metals Institute and is a frequent speaker at American Foundry Society Chapter meetings.

ARE YOU AN ARTIST? Tom has helped many accomplished sculptors get their work cast at industrial foundries. By utilizing the best available technology, casting costs can be kept to a minimum. Production times can be reduced substantially. Contact Tom to see a portfolio of the work he has facilitated.

Tom can show you how to cast just about anything!

Call my cell phone: (260) 341-2258

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