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August 2020 News

Hoosier Pattern Produces Molds for Cadillac Intake Manifold

When Cory Taulbert of Taulbert Chassis Components reached out to Hoosier Pattern to work be apart of this project, we didn’t realize how cool the results would be! Hoosier Pattern’s 3D sand printers created molds for an intake manifold that ended up being a part of a Cadillac V8 rebuild.

Bill Ganahl (South City Rod and Custom) is currently building a hot rod for client Mark Warrick.  The 1936 Ford 3 window coupe hosts an immense amount of subtle custom touches, something South City Rod and Custom is known for.  Under the hood sits a 1955 Cadillac V8.

 

Engine conversions were very common in the early days of hot rodding, as it offered the owner an easy way to get more power as Detroit rolled out better engines.  In parallel, the aftermarket quickly supported the new engines with custom camshafts, multiple carburetor intakes, and even supercharger systems.

A company called Supecharger Company of Turin (SCoT) sold superchargers of various displacements for popular engines, but more importantly, produced the intake manifolds that allowed everything to be bolted together.  Fast forward to today, some of these parts are still around but the original limited-production has made those parts extremely rare today.

Back to Mark’s 1936 Ford – he wanted to put a SCoT supercharger on the Cadillac V8.  Bill had the tall task of locating an original SCoT intake to put the package together, but there were none to be found (that were for sale anyway).  Bill turned to a friend, Cory Taulbert, to see what they could come up with.

Cory suggested that they make a new intake manifold.  This would allow them to custom tailor it to Mark’s car, as well as give Mark the exclusivity to unique “one-off” part.  Cory offered up the CAD services and got to work designing a new intake manifold, with inspiration from the original SCoT intake manifold.

When it came time to actually make it, Cory reached out to Hoosier Pattern.  He had recently seen a friend working on a 1920’s Packard Indy Car engine block, that was created from scratch.  Hoosier Pattern 3D printed the molds, so it was clear that it was the place to go to.

At Hoosier, Todd Yoder worked with the 3D model to develop the 3D printed molds.  The molds were then shipped to Crystyl Engineering in Piqua, OH, where an aluminum casting was poured and heated treated.  To finished off the casting, Tooling Science Inc in Maple Grove, MN finish machined the interfacing surfaces and flanges.

 

It’s always very exciting to see a project that we were a part of come together in the end and even better when we get to share these projects with the rest of the industry. The possibilities with the 3D sand printers at Hoosier Pattern are truly endless. Need a quote for a project that requires 3D printed sand? Go here.

Meet Our Summer Intern: Clay

Every year Hoosier Pattern enjoys taking in internships, externships, or job shadowers, and this summer we had Clay Barlow in the shop with us! Clay has been with us all summer throughout different areas of the shop. Learn more about Clay's experience in his own words below. 

  

Age:
20

School/Grade Level: 
Purdue University - West Lafayette, Junior in the fall of 2020 and I am majoring in Materials Science and Engineering

What made you seek out Hoosier Pattern as a place to work at for the summer?
It was an opportunity to work within my area of interest for the first time. Not only that, but it looked like and proved to be true that Hoosier Pattern is a place that does a lot of things and does them all well. Also, they are consistently innovating and are leading their industry. I was excited long before I arrived and I wasn't disappointed. 

What types of things did you do at Hoosier Pattern?
I've been able to do a lot and got experience within every department over the course of my internship. My main role was to work on improving the 3D plastic printing capabilities, but I also worked with machining, sand printing, and on other projects.

What did you enjoy about working at Hoosier Pattern? 
I enjoyed that there is never a dull day and that each day, each hour, you will be working on something different. Not only that, but it seems like Hoosier Pattern is focused on continuously improving all parts of the company and to be a part of that type of innovation is awesome. Last but not least, it's a very friendly, almost family-like, atmosphere. You have a lot of responsibility and freedom to get things done and if you happen to mess up, the people here are nothing but supportive and helpful to fix the problem. 

What were some memorable projects you got to work on and participate in? 
3D printer optimization: I got to dial in the printer and slice parameters to begin producing carbon fiber infused plastic parts. I also got to work on integrating soluble support into our parts to improve support removal and surface quality. 

Centrifugal ISO-Finishing Inquiry: I produced a part in 4 materials to explore a new 

Casting made from a sand printed mold: I got to design apart from a print and then had the mold sand printed and got to pour molten aluminum into it to create a casting. (pictured above)

What do you want to do as a career? DO you think that working at Hoosier Pattern during the summer will help you decide on what you want to do as a career?
I am hoping to land in the foundry or at least in the wider metals production industry. working at Hoosier Pattern has already helped me with career decisions by solidifying it in my mind and allowing me to gain an extracurricular real-life experience within the industry. I also got to see another side of the casting world. 

Other than the job itself, what kind of things has Hoosier Pattern taught you?
While at Hoosier Pattern, I've learned a lot about being a better professional, engineer, and person. Outside of the job skills, I learned a lot about managing multiple projects at once and making sure goals get met in a timely manner. I learned better ways to communicate, especially across the company and outside of the company. just in talking with the others in my workspace, I got info on professional networking, on the foundry industry, and on things completely outside of work like general life skills and advice. 

Outside of work, what do you enjoy doing? What organizations are you involved in at school? Do you play sports? 
I enjoy cooking, spending time outside, tinkering, and making stuff and hanging out with friends and family. At school, I'm mainly involved as a leader in volunteering and professional organizations including Purdue's chapters of American Foundry Society and Material Advantage. as for sports, I'll play football or basketball with friends or run and lift also.

Clay's last day at Hoosier Pattern will be this Friday, August 14th. Good luck at Purdue this fall, Clay! 
 

Hoosier Pattern Welcomes Tim Curry to the Team!

At Hoosier Pattern, we are always looking for new ways to network and expand our customer base. We are very excited to announce that we've brought Tim Curry onboard as an outside salesman in an effort to broaden the Hoosier Pattern brand. 

Tim has over 35 years in the foundry industry and is currently located in Houston, Texas. We are looking forward to having him and what he will bring to the team. Read more about Tim in his own words below. 

Tell us about yourself! 
I have 35 years in the foundry industry. I have served in almost all capacities, from foundry shake out, to VP of Sales.

What do you enjoy most about sales?
Solving customer problems, helping with re-designs and engineering issues, landing the big one, not much better than that.

If you weren't in sales or in this industry, what would you be doing?
Probably working at McDonalds...I don’t know anything else. If that didn’t work, I have always liked working with my hands so maybe make some furniture

What is a trend in the industry that you currently see happening?
I see foundries and OEM’s cutting their workforce and going to smaller business units. As happened in the 80;s I would see more and more companies looking for ways to diversify, allowing them to be more efficient and accommodate more customers with more value-added services with a smaller footprint.

What is your hope for the industry in the future?
I hope to see more work come back from overseas. I see the industry going all-in on new technologies, they will be looking to spend money and increase workflow with a smaller footprint. This is only be accomplished with new technologies like 3D printing.

What do you think could make the industry better?
Service, lead-times, and product quality are the keys to success.

What's something about you that not a lot of people know?
I tried for my PGA card when I was 20, I also tried out for the US Open qualifier when I was 21. Missed the cut by 2 shots, I guess you could say my wheels came off… lol

What are some of your favorite hobbies?
Golf and fishing, more recently shark fishing.

What are 3 things you enjoy? 3 things you don’t enjoy?
Enjoy:  “The Little Things” My dog jumps up on my lap and then throws her head on my chest and looks at me with those blue Husky eyes, almost to say. Love you so much! A friend or family member calls and tells me they just accomplished something they never thought they were capable of, riding my Harley, spending time with the wife and family, and walking my dogs. 

Don't enjoy: Failure, something went wrong and that bothers me. Cleaning the house, in fact, cleaning anything, maybe this stems from working in the cleaning room of a foundry. lol Deep-sea fishing, I love fishing but deep sea and I’m seasick, seasick, seasick, what a bummer!

 

Welcome to the Hoosier Pattern family, Tim!