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Asked by: happyfisherman-ga
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12 Oct 2005 17:45 PDT
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Question ID: 579561
When I have a casting, what word would describe its relationship to its mold? An opposite replication? A duplicate opposite? Help me out, is there a correct term for this? Not looking for "mirrored", as this does not describe its three dimensions. For example, if I have an aluminum mold, and I pour lead into this mold to make toy soldiers, what is the relationship of the soldier to the mold?
Re: word choice
Answered By: leapinglizard-ga on 12 Oct 2005 22:28 PDT
I'm glad you are pleased with my answer. Bear in mind that the relationship is symmetrical. The mold is the negative of the toy soldier, just as the toy soldier is the negative of the mold. leapinglizard
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Very timely answer, thank you
Re: word choice
From: myoarin-ga on 12 Oct 2005 19:00 PDT
The mold/form is also called or described as a matrix (pl. matrices). I agree with Leapinglizard that "negative" is possible, as for example: a three dimensional negative form. The apparent lack of a patent description, I think, is because the words mold, form, matrix in relation to casting imply what you want to describe. But perhaps we could help you further if you clarify why you are asking. If, say, you are writing something about the process, I think we could review a sentence or two of the text.
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