Cast Iron by Vialls

Humans have known about the existence o iron for about four thousand years, but it was not always easy to manage it and take advantage of its qualities. Early ironworkers used to warm the iron in charcoal fires which was a meticulous and time-consuming process. Also, this process only allowed for small amounts of iron to be made which caused iron to become a precious metal. Eventually, ironworkers began to make use of artificial wind to speed up their work and keep the fire burning bright. A major disadvantage of this method of ironmaking is that one mistake would ruin the entire process by turning the iron into a liquid form, rendering it unusable.

Around AD 500, ironworkers in China began to figure out ways to use molten iron. The people discovered how to increase the temperature of the fire to a point where their metal would turn liquid by design and not by accident. Europeans began to catch on to this trend and started to develop their own techniques in the fifteenth century. One such method involved making moulds in the ground out of the melted iron and then waiting for the iron to harden into the shapes of the moulds. This process was called casting and was used to create many things such as cannons and furnaces.

   Iron was an essential part of the Industrial Revolution. As the Industrial Revolution progressed, the demand for iron increased, thus making the development of techniques such as iron casting very beneficial to the economy. The iron industry helped to develop the railroad which caused the advent of cheap and efficient transport for goods.  All of these together caused factories to flourish and the Industrial Revolution to become altered for the better.

This video goes a bit more in depth about the history of cast iron and the Industrial Revolution:

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