On Thursday 15th May our year 12 Engineering students visited BRAFE in Woodbridge. BRAFE is a metal foundry that casts parts for different clients that are based all over the world, it specialises in sand casting and investment casting.
Students went on a tour of the foundry and were shown computer simulations that gave a good insight to what BRAFE really do. Students also were able to see the different stages of sand casting including the main forming processes from designing and producing the mould, both destructive and non-destructive testing, quality control and shipping.
Apprentices were present at the foundry and students were informed about the number of apprenticeships the company offer, 6 apprenticeships were taken at BRAFE last year and they are hoping to take on more next year.
This trip linked in with the current teaching in this subject, students enjoyed the trip to BRAFE, finding it extremely useful and interesting.