• Fonderie de la Côte

    fond of metal casting

  • Bronze and aluminum metal casting

    Unique piece – small edition // sand casting – investment casting

  • by Alexandre Behot

    Craftman

Know How

Fonderie de la Côte casts aluminum and copper alloys. It uses sand casting, investment casting (lost-wax) and permanent mold casting. Some of its specilaties are:

Fine art foundry

Prototype of tech parts

Medal & trophy

Spare part for vintage cars

Ornament, hinge & signs

Please take an appointment if you want to come to the workshop

History

Fonderie de la Côte has been founded in 2013 by Alexandre Behot. Engineer in materials & processes, specialized in metal casting, Alexandre Behot discovered casting at graduate school and became fond of it. Since then he accumulated 8 years of practice in metal casting. After beginning his carrer as engineer in aeronautical industry he set up his workshop, dealing with both activities for 3 years. As more & more casting projects arrived, he decided to stop industry for a while and dedicate his time to Fonderie de la Côte

Equipment

Design

CAD with Fusion 360

Pattern making

woodcraft workshop

clay, plaster, polystyrene… patern making

3D printer PLA 200x200x230mm

Molding

special fine art foundry sand

dewaxing oven 500x500x700mm

gravity die for aluminum

Smelting

oil furnace 16kg bronze – 8kg aluminum

gaz furnace 3kg bronze – 1kg aluminum

electrical régulated furnace for smelting/holding 5kg aluminum

Heat treat

electrical regulated kiln 30-1000°C 150x100x100mm

Manifest

Casting is as old as the hills. It takes part in the corpus of technics that grow for and with human beings. Unrecognized, it may appear obsolete at the age of “homo-numericus” and “anthropocene”. However metal casting offers some benefits that no other technics equal yet. From aircraft parts to zip sliders passing through The Thinker by Rodin, metal casting is necessary and everywhere.

In this context, Fonderie de la Côte is a project thought to make casting compilant with todays chalenges. As best as possible thought local, sustainable and environment friendly, the workshop is a test bench for a mix of some ways of thinking like frugal innovation and open source. It’s not only about production but experimenting other ways of production. At the end of the day the aim is to share technical and economical lessons learned.