3D Printed Sand Molds and Cores for Pump Components at TPS 2019

In two weeks, HPI’s Dave Rittmeyer and Alyssa Corral will be in Houston, Texas at the 48th Annual Turbomachinery and Pump Symposia. TPS is a worldwide event with exhibiting companies from all over the globe exchanging ideas to grow the industry further. TPS is known for its impact on the turbomachinery, pump, oil, gas and petrochemical power, aerospace, chemical and water industries. Typically there are over 4,500 attendees and 350 exhibiting companies from 45 different countries. The show floor spans over 200,000 square feet and is filled with industry experts demonstrating full-size equipment and products. 


HPI will be at booth #1226 with 3D printed sand molds and cores as well as some castings that were cast from like molds and cores. The HPI booth is always filled with plenty of videos and visual media to help answer any questions as well as information for customers and potential customers to take with them. If foundries have never poured the 3D printed sand, we encourage them to stop by the booth to get their badge scanned to have some free samples sent to them. 


Why Use 3D Printed Sand to Make Pump Components?

In a maximum of 2 weeks from the receipt of your purchase order, you can have a sand mold of your pump component ready to ship to the foundry of your choice. Don’t have a foundry in mind? No problem. We have a network of foundries we work alongside to produce high-quality castings for our customers. The sand molds are ready to make a casting with no waiting for foundry tooling to be made, refurbished or changed to the latest engineering level. Castings get made faster and into your customer’s hands quicker. This process is ideal for new prototypes, low volume pump requirements, and legacy pumps or their components.

The cost for 3D printed sand components, sand molds or sand cores is $0.13 per cubic inch. This is the cubic inch of the CAD build box of the sand component. No extra charge for complex designs or geometries. The only extra charges are if you want it NOW, like the next day NOW. Yes, we can do that. 

Complex geometries of your parts do not equate to higher costs to make your castings. You do not need to sacrifice your design for manufacturability. Complex core designs are 3D printed as one piece, thus reducing or eliminating assembly errors and foundry casting defects. No internal fins or mismatches. 3D printed foundry molds do not need traditional parting lines and flask sizes. This gives the foundry the freedom to gate, place risers, and feed the casting in the best way possible to produce the optimal casting. The freedom of pump design combined with the freedom of the foundry to manufacturing a pump component casting is a massive advancement for the pump industry. 

Complex pump component castings produced quickly and at a known cost is why manufacturers are turning to 3D printing as a solution to pump casting problems.


See you in two weeks, Houston! If you are not going to be at TPS this year but are still interested in 3D printed sand for your projects, please contact us.