Furnace is a project that speculates a consumer product for at-home metal casting. Manufacturing processes have the potential to be miniaturized and allowed to enter the home—should clever design and engineering allow it, as sewing was historically and more recently 3D printing.
Foundry work is inherently dangerous, dirty, and requires specialized knowledge as well as space. In order to visualize a consumer device within the realm of possibility the threshold to all of these factors has to be reduced as far as possible. Such a device would make use of intuitive controls, would produce with low-temperature alloys, and streamline the process as much as possible.
Applying such a mindset makes it conceivable that a small machine might be adopted by hobby producers, for jewelry making, auto restoration, or small products.
The stylings come inspired from the history of home machinery and appliances, though while remaining distinct. As a toaster is unmistakably a toaster, or a blender as a blender, the home furnace ought to be unmistakably a home furnace.
The entire process is published in Furnace.