Students’ winning time capsule headed to national conference 

A project designed and built by two manufacturing majors is on its way to a national conference where it will be admired by thousands, then prepared for a trip around the country, before it's sealed up for 25 years. 

Time Capsule

It will be reopened when Manufacturing Engineering Technology major Bryace Scholze and Wood Products Manufacturing major Nathan Minuth are about 45 years old. 

It’s a time capsule, and Scholze won the right to design it in a competition held by the Foundry Educational Foundation in celebration of its 75th anniversary; they will open it on their 100th. 

Pittsburg State is one of about 30 schools supported by the FEF financially; the organization has provided student scholarships and program support for many years to encourage study in the field of metal casting.  

Scholze, a junior from Spring Hill, Kansas, modeled the time capsule after traditional casting equipment used in the 1940s and 1950s. In addition to designing it, he made many aluminum castings that became part of the time capsule. 


Minuth, a senior from Custer Park, Illinois, manufactured and built the cherry wood time capsule using his CNC programming and finishing skills.  

The project took several months to complete. 

“Parts of the time capsule are very complex to make so they used advanced manufacturing and 3D-print technology to make them,” explained Professor Russ Rosmait, the faculty advisor who oversaw the project. 

Aristo Cast, Inc., a high-end investment casting source for rapid prototyping in Almont, Michigan, contributed time and expertise in the form of cast aluminum pictures for the capsule’s exterior. 

The time capsule design-build team was awarded $2,500 to cover the trip April 23-26 to Columbus, Ohio, for CastExpo 2022 — North America’s largest metal casting trade show and industry event.

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