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3D Printing News

Big Changes at HPI to Benefit Our Customers

Big Things are Happening at Hoosier Pattern. 

Specifically in the additive manufacturing side of our business. By now our 3-D sand printer is not a secret, and although Hoosier Pattern was the first pattern shop in the United States to use this technology for commercial use, more sand printers are being bought and the competition is slowly rising. HPI has always strived to be an industry leader and a customer's first choice when needing 3D printed sand parts. HPI continues to grow and adapt to changes and demands in the industry. As of lately, HPI has hired more employees in the sand room to help extract and clean sand printed parts to stay on top of the demand and stay true to our promise of "On Time Delivery". Along with more employees in the sand room, HPI has also hired another employee to help build job boxes for the sand printer, as well as help get quotes back to customers. 

Expanding our team is great news here at Hoosier Pattern, but we have also made some exciting changes for exisiting and potential customers. We are pleased to announce that we have reduced the cost of sand printing! Contact us today to see what our new prices can do for your next project. 

 

 

"This technology enables us to service commercial and defense OEMs and their affiliated foundries even if they don't have a pattern on hand." - Keith Gerber, Hoosier Pattern

That quote from Keith was from an article about additive manufacturing for defense contractors in National Defense Magazine. The article talks about how the military utilizes additive manufacturing to solve the problems of cost and long lead times of tooling fabrication. 

Read the complete article here.

We are very excited about the changes being made here at Hoosier Pattern and look forward to continue growing and making a better experience for our customers. Contact us about your next project!

3D Printed Motorcyles, Monsters and Elvis.. Oh My!

There was a lot of hype surrounding RAPID 2015... and RAPID 2015 did not disappoint. 

 

RAPID was 3 days of educating, exhibiting and exciting discoveries of what is happening in the world of 3D printing. The Long Beach Convention Center was buzzing for 3 days with students, industry experts and exhibitors networking with each other, and Hoosier Pattern's Dave Rittmeyer, Steve Murray and Alyssa Corral were all there to take it in. 

 

Monday was booth set up day: 

Check out the full process of that here.


Monday night included a welcome reception sponsered by SME and Materialise, which included endless networking opportunities as well as appearances by Elvis and The Blues Brothers!

 

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday were days full of exhibiting. With over 200 exhibitors present, there were endless things to see and discover in the 3D printing world including 3D printed dresses and shoes, as well as a fully printed motorcycle and a car with over 70 3D printed parts.

 

The most visited as well as the biggest thing present on the exhibit floor at RAPID this year was Bodock, the Giant 3D Printed Monster. Stratasys partnered with the Stan Winston School of Character Arts, Legacy Effects, WIRED, and Condé Nast Entertainment to produce a 14-foot tall creature to introduce at Comic-Con International in San Diego in July of 2014. Bodock was made using 6 different 3D printer, and it takes 4 people to operate him. 

 

RAPID had many cool features to it, but perhaps one of the coolest was the RAPID App for people attending the show. The app was free to download on any smart phone or tablet and included all of the exhibitors and their location, conference schedules, attendee lists, maps, as well as a live news feed giving attendees and exhibitors yet another way to communicate and interact with eachother. It took being a part of a trade show to another level of communication and networking. 

 

 

RAPID 2015, for Hoosier Pattern, was a very busy week filled with connecting, learning and educating exhibit goers about how HPI fits into this evergrowing world of 3D printing. Our S-Max™ 3D sand printer has endless possibilites and is ready to help you with your next project. 

 

Contact us and send us your CAD files for a quote today! 

 

Until next time, California...

 

RAPID, we will see you in Orlando! #RAPID2016
 

Free Sample Molds - RAPID 2015

The year is flying by and we are quickly approaching RAPID 2015. RAPID is being held in Long Beach, California at the Long Beach Convention Center from May 19th to the 21st. It is known worldwide as the preeminent event for 3D printing, scanning and additive manufacturing. With less than a week to go, we are packing our sunscreen and getting very excited to be a part of the largest additive manufacturing conference in North America.

Read more about RAPID

Hoosier Pattern will be at booth #1134 with an exciting opportunity for booth goers. Hoosier Pattern is offering a free sample mold that has been printed in our S-Max™ 3D Sand Printer to anyone who stops at our booth. The sample mold comes pour ready with the gating and riser already printed in it. 

Above: A pouring man sample mold given out by Hoosier Pattern. 

We have one of the largest 3D Sand Printers in existence here at Hoosier Pattern. 

 

Please contact Hoosier Pattern to see if we can help with your next project. We can rapidly prototype parts with complex internal geometries and reduce lead time from months to days. 

Are you going to be in the Long Beach area next week?

Do you want to attend RAPID 2015 as our guest? Let us know!

We have extra tickets that will get you into the RAPID Exposition free of admission (a $75 value)!  Please contact our social media coordinator, Alyssa, to get your ticket or promo code to register for the expo online. Contact Alyssa by calling 260.724.9430 or by email at alyssa@hoosierpattern.com

5 days and counting. See you in Long Beach! 

Rapid 2015

Hoosier Pattern will be in Long Beach, California at RAPID 2015

 

RAPID is being held in Long Beach, California at the Long Beach Convention Center from May 19th to the 21st. RAPID is known worldwide as the preeminent event for 3D printing, scanning and addititve manufacturing. RAPID is filled with cutting-edge 3D innovation as well as many experts of additive expertise across all industries. RAPID is the largest additive manufacturing conference in North America. 3D technology is constantly growing and expanding, RAPID is a place to explore all the ways 3D technology can help advance your business. With more than 200 exhibitors, attendees will have the opportunity to engage with industry leaders and presentations presented by them. 

 

Hoosier Pattern's Dave Rittmeyer and Steve Murray will both be leading workshops at RAPID this year. 


Designing Printed Molds and Cores That Can Be Cleaned and Handled
Tuesday May 19th 2:00pm-2:25pm

Dave W. Rittmeyer, Customer Care & A.M. Manager, Hoosier Pattern, Inc.
 

Just about any CAD person can design a mold or core, but their design may or may not be able to have all of the unbound sand completely removed. They also have to be designed so that they can be safely handled. Some designs can make it impossible to remove all unbound sand. But there are some practices that can be followed to help increase the chances for successful removal of the unbound sand. There are any ways to handle printed sand safely. I will review some of the options that we ahve tested and used successfully. 

 

How to use 3-D Printed Sand in Short Run Production and Prototype Castings
Tuesday May 19th 3:00pm-3:25pm

Steve R. Murray, Sales Rep and Additive Manufacturing Consultant, Hoosier Pattern Inc. 

What foundry components can be 3-D printed in sand -- Molds Cores. Why use 3-D printed sand to make foundry molds and/or cores. No need for traditional foundry tooling. It's a timing issue and eliminated cost of the tooling. No draft required thus reducing CAD design time. More iterations done faster. No penalty for complex designs. Core assembly is eliminated. How to integrate riser sleeves both insulating and exothermic in to your 3-D printed sand mold. Placing filters in your printed sand mold. Printed sand cores. Solid, shell or a hybrid. What each can bring to your design and your casting. Using ceramic cores in a sand mold. Designing your printed sand mold for safe handling.

 

We just finished putting all of our booth and supplies in the crate, the next time we see it, we will be in California! See you at RAPID 2015! 


 

Cast Your own Souvenir at AMUG 2015

We are officially less than a week away from the 27th Annual Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) Conference being held at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront in Jacksonville, Florida.  Hoosier Pattern’s Steve Murray will be leading and moderating the casting seminar track at the AMUG Conference for the second consecutive year. Steve will also be presenting on the topic of ‘3-D Sand Printing For Your Metal Casting Needs’ and demonstrating the casting processes by casting metal using the ‘Foundry In A Box’. Jack Ziemba from Aristo-Cast and Steve will be melting down tin and puter and letting the attendees cast metal objects into a sand mold to cast their own AMUG coaster. On Friday, some Hoosier employees poured their own AMUG coasters to test the molds and make sure they were ready to make the trip to The Sunshine State, and they turned out great. 

 

 

‘3-D Sand Printing For Your Metal Casting Needs’ will be presented on Thursday April 23rd at 10:30am in River Terrace 3. 

All those that have additive machines are welcome to attend the AMUG conference. It is a conference by users for users.

 

See You There!

The Fourneau Bread Oven Has Been Backed!

Congratulations to Strand Design, in Chicago, and their Fourneau Bread Oven for getting fully backed on Kickstarter! Hoosier Pattern had the pleasure of helping make the protoype molds for the Forneau Bread Oven with our 3D sand printers. With 15 days left in it's Kickstarter campaign, The Fourneau Oven hit its goal of $90,000. Our president and owner, Keith Gerber is a backer of this project and we know he can't wait to start using it and bringing in fresh bread for his employees... right, Keith? 

 

Again, congratulations to Strand Design and their Fourneau Bread Oven! It was a pleasure being a part of this project. 

Want to become a backer of the Fourneau Oven or simply know more about it? Click Here

In the News with the American Foundry Society

In the American Foundry Society's November/December newsletter, Denise Kapel interviewed our very own Steve Murray about new rapid manufacturing methods in an article title, "Sprint to the Finish: Rapid manufacturing methods streamline low volume production".

Denise writes, "Metalcasters and casting buyers have more options than ever before among the methods for making molds and cores. This specialized area relies on skilled, knowledgeable staff as well as current technology."

With the best team in the industry and the most advanced technologies on the market, Hoosier Pattern is primely positioned to help our clients move forward into the next generation of rapid prototyping with reduced costs and shorter lead times.

As Murray described, Hoosier Pattern's 3-D sand printing has many benefits, especially " . . . if it’s going to be over a little bit of time, we all know that as soon as the engineer gets feedback on those first machines out in the industry, he’s going to make changes. Looking ahead, that could amount to many changes over a five or seven-year span, leading to significant tooling costs. If we use rapid prototyping technology, you wouldn’t have to change the tooling. We would just print a new one, and off you go."

It's just one of the many ways that Hoosier Pattern is leading the way in the rapid prototyping industry, and we feel honored to have been included in the American Foundry Society's article.

Click here to read the entire article for yourself.

Additive Manufacturing at Linear Mold

Modern Machine Shop's website is rapidly becoming one of our favorite places to watch videos that never fail to capture our imagination. In the video below, the good folks at Linear Mold & Engineering, who specialize in 3D printing of metal parts, show how they are pushing the possibilites of additive manufacturing by "growing" metal parts that can't be made any other way.

Prepare to watch and say, "wow!" One more excellent example of how 3D printing, whatever the material used, is changing the face of manufacturing in the US and the world.

 

Just for fun check out this video below of 3d printing sand with the power of the sun!

Results with 3-D Printing

At the beginning of the year Composites World relased an article where the European based company Airbus reported on how 3-D printing would revolutionize their planes. They spoke on how the use of 3-D printed improves efficiency and lead time as well as allowing for significant weight reduction. Some companies are starting to jump on board while others are being left behind.  Many companies are afraid to take the plunge into this new technology fearing 3-D printing isn't at par with the parts they are recieving now. What they are missing is there are many processes out such as 3-D sand printing that give companies the same structurally sound parts they recive now.  

Check out the short article Airbus expands use of additive manufacturing and watch the video below.

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