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Visit us at Rapid + TCT 2019

 

Next week HPI employees will be in Detroit at the RAPID+ TCT Show at the Cobo Center Tuesday the 21st through Thursday the 23rd.  HPI is excited to be an exhibitor on the show floor for the fifth year in a row now at RAPID. Since Detroit isn't too long of a roadtrip from Hoosier Pattern, we are excited to be sending some employees throughout the week to the show for a little field trip to explore the show floor and get a small taste of what a trade show is like. Hoosier Pattern will be at booth 721 this year. 

It's always great to get messages and emails from current and potential customers but the networking and in - person time we is priceless and we look forward to having the 3D printing industry at our fingertips and being able to connect with colleagues at the show. 


What is Rapid + TCT?
Rapid + TCT is where the whole additive manufacturing industry community comes together to check out what next big things are next for the industry. Companies reveal new technologies and products, there is plenty of networking opportunities and a lot of exicing things to see on the show floor.   Attendees can see some of the biggest advancements in the 3D printing industry serving all sectors from manufacturing and medical to aerospace and appliances. 

Registration for Rapid+TCT is still available! And if you want to make the trip to Detroit you are more than welcome to attend this show as Hoosier Pattern's guest. Please email alyssa@hoosierpattern.com to get your promo code when registering for the show.

Important info to remember: 
• Event: Rapid + TCT 2019
•Location: Cobo Center - Detroit, MI 
•Dates: Exhibits open - May 21 - May 23rd
•Hoosier Pattern Booth: 721

HPI at Cast Expo 2019

 

We are a little over 2 weeks out from Cast Expo 2019 being held in Atlanta, Georgia and Hoosier Pattern is excited to be on the exhibitor floor this year at booth 729.  Since the last Cast Expo in 2016, Hoosier has added multiple machining centers, a new 5-axis machining center, 2 Johnford Bridge Mills, a new laser scanner, a robotic milling cell and a third 3D sand printer in house.

For the first time ever, Hoosier Pattern has a 20x20 booth and will have a full size job box like one of the ones from our sand printers in the booth showcasing the size of sand we can print. We will also have AFS keychain molds that can be taken straight from our booth over to the foundry in a box at the AFS Hub to have poured right there at the show.

As much as we love emails and phone calls from current and potential customers, nothing beats face to face time with each other and networking outside of the office. We look forward to having the industry at our fingertips and being able to connect with colleagues at the show. Another new thing we are featuring in our booth this year is the ability to look at your CAD files on site in our booth. If you would like, feel free to bring your CAD files (.stp or .x_t files preferred) to our booth and we will review them on site. See you there!


What is Cast Expo?
Cast Expo is the flagship event of the American Foundry Society.  Every three years, over 6,000 attendees will come together under the same roof to explore, network and supply opportunities in metal casting as well as related industries.

Registration for Cast Expo is available for AFS Members and non-members. Visit the Cast Expo website to register.

Important info to remember:
• Event: AFS Cast Expo 20194
•Location: Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA
•Dates: April 27-30, 2019
•Hoosier Pattern Booth: 729

Students and Educators - You’re Invited to our Open House!

 

Mark your calendars because we are having another open house! Like the first open house, this one will be open to everyone but we are emphasizing an invitation to students and educators. Noble Barbeque will be here providing dinner and the first 100 students that finish the tour will receive their choice of coupon to ABCinema or a small pizza valid at Pizza King of Decatur.

It’s not a secret in the world of HR that finding and keeping quality employees is a challenge. Locally in our own town, manufacturers have had issues finding people that want to work and have the skills to do the work. Over the past few decades, the majority of manufacturing and skilled labor jobs have been filled by baby boomers and now all the baby boomers are starting to retire. According to an article published by the Manufacturing Institute, over the next decade nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will likely need to be filled and due to the skills gap, an expected 2 million of those jobs will go unfilled.

Here at HPI, we want students and their parents to know that some children aren’t made to go to 4 year universities and that is okay because there are high quality jobs to be had and businesses like HPI are proof of that. HPI employs people that have a wide variety of education. Some of our employees went to college, some went to technical schools, others came to us straight out of high school and worked their way up, but the one thing they all have in common is they all possess quality skills that make them assets to the business. Students deserve to know the details of all of the options after high school and we want to open the door to giving them more insight on a career in manufacturing.

Hoosier has an apprentice program that is registered with the U.S. Department of Labor. It consists of 10,000 working hours (5 years) and 12 classes taken at Ivy Tech Community College. To read more about the apprenticeship go here. Below are 3 Hoosier employees that have gone through or are currently in the apprentice program. One has been at HPI for over 10 years, one is a recent graduate of the apprentice program and the last one is in his first year of the apprenticeship.

 

Nate Chavarria
CAD Supervisor


Nate was hired in 2007, completed his apprenticeship in 2012 and recently celebrated 11 years with the company in June.

What attracted you to the trade?
Realization I could make good money and they would pay for my schooling

Did you take any classes in high school that prepared you for the apprenticeship?
No skilled trades classes during high school however I worked half days my senior year.

What are some of the reasons you would recommend this as a career path?
Right now it is what I like to call “an employee market for jobs”.  Everyone is hiring.  You have an opportunity to get into these decent paying jobs and move up in the companies fast If you show a desire to do so.  Most people I talk to go into major debt for a career they end up either not liking or not even doing.  Try it before you buy into it. 

Any other advice?
I didn’t take any skilled trades classes in high school however they are offering them more and more these days.  This is free knowledge and it will help you find out if you even like the career before you decide to go into it.  Look around when you’re driving down the road.  There are an incredible amount of businesses out there that you have no idea exist.  Ask questions and find out what these places are doing and check out the ones you think you will have a passion for.  Here at Hoosier Pattern every day we are making parts that have never been made before that is pretty cool to be a part of.

 

Phillip Bauman
Journeyman Patternmaker

Phillip graduated from Bellmont High School in 2012 and graduated from the apprentice program in 2017. Phillip initially started at HPI by just painting the outside of the building one summer before deciding to enter the apprenticeship and work his way up the pay scale.

What attracted you to the trade?
I’m mechanically wired which goes hand in hand with machining and what goes on here.

Did you take any classes in high school that prepared you for the apprenticeship?
I took all 4 years of engineering/CAD and also advanced math classes

What are some of the reasons you would recommend this as a career path?
It’s not boring and you gain skills that will help you excel in every day. It’s also cool to start with nothing and then end with a quality product.

 

Kyle Rittmeyer
Apprentice Patternmaker

Kyle graduated from Norwell High School in 2016 and is currently in his first year of the apprenticeship program. Kyle worked at HPI every summer throughout high school helping clean and do odd jobs around the shop. During his senior year of high school he got hired part time and went to school half day and worked the other half.

What attracted you to the trade?
My grandpa was a Journeyman Patternmaker and so is my dad. I looked into the trade and thought it was really cool how you can make parts that no one else can.

Did you take any classes in high school that prepared you for the apprenticeship?
I attended two years of South Adams Machine Trades and half of my senior year was spent working at HPI part time.

What are some of the reasons you would recommend this as a career path?
I would recommend any type of machining trade or working with CNC machines, not just patternmaking. There are jobs in high demand for this trade and it is a steady job that takes skill and you will never stop learning. I see different things happening almost every day.  
 

Nate, Phillip, and Kyle are just three of our employees that all have different reasons of why they picked this career and how they prepared for it. We are focusing this open house on students and educators because we want them to meet employees like this, see them work on real jobs and have the opportunity to ask any questions they may have if they are considering a career in the industry. 

See you on September 26th!

We’re Having An Open House!

HPI is having an open house and you are invited! We are opening our doors for the public to come inside and see what we do on a day to day basis. We are proud to be a part of a hardworking community and are excited to share what we do with them. 

There will be refreshments, facility tours and even some casting! We will have our 3D sand printers running in our newly renovated sand room. There will be a job box fresh out of a 3D printer where people can extract their own keychain molds from the sand, clean them and then pour molten metal into them! Once the keychains cool, employees will help remove the gating and rough edges so attendees can take home a small keepsake from HPI. 

Along with our 3D sand printers running, our CNC machines will be running, our plastic printer will be printing and our laser scanner will be fired up for visitors to see HPI work in real time. 

Mark your calendars and come see the great things we are doing every day at Hoosier Pattern! 

 

   

Coming Summer 2018

Hoosier Pattern prides itself on being innovative and consistently raising the bar within the industry while maintaining the level of quality they are known for. Back in 2013, Hoosier was the first top service center to own and operate their own 3D sand printer in the United States. Coming Summer 2018, Hoosier will be the only service provider to own and operate two 3D sand printers under their roof along with maintaining a 3rd printer in their facility as well.

 

Customers are the driving force behind everything Hoosier does and this expansion is no different. This will allow Hoosier to take on jobs that once had to be turned away due to capacity restrictions. The current turnaround time for printed sand of 10 days will remain standard; however the possibility to turn printed parts around sooner -if needed- for customers has greatly increased.

On top of the addition of the 3rd sand printer in house, Hoosier has recently added a 5-axis machining center as well as 3 Doosan DNM 650’s to the machining side of the shop. All of these additions allow Hoosier to maintain current customers as well as take on new customers with more complex projects.

Exciting things are happening at HPI. Stay Tuned!

Gearing Up For Casting Congress 2017


Next week, AFS 121st Metalcasting Congress kicks off in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Hoosier Pattern will be showcasing on the sold out exhibit hall floor. The AFS Metalcasting Congress is the industry's largest conference and trade show that brings together suppliers, foundries, and casting customers alike. The conference brings endless opportunities for networking, promoting, and educating people on a larger scale about Hoosier Pattern’s role in the industry.

Dave Rittmeyer, Steve Murray, Alyssa Corral and Brandon Fourman will be representing HPI at the show. They will be a part of panel discussions and be at booth #510 in the exhibit hall.

 

Dave Rittmeyer


Having just celebrated his 18th work anniversary with Hoosier Pattern, Dave is a familiar face within the industry. As a journeyman pattern-maker with more than 2 decades in the trade, as well as being HPI's additive manufacturing supervisor, Dave has a well-rounded knowledge of the industry. At the conference, he will be part of a foundry technology panel on Tuesday morning in room 203AB at 9:15 AM. He will be discussing 3D printed sand and how to apply the technology to projects for customers. When Dave isn't at Hoosier, he enjoys riding his Harley, fishing, and spending time with his wife and 4 sons.

Steve Murray

As a journeyman pattern-maker with a passion for the foundry and metal casting, Steve has been a huge asset to the team with his knowledge of the trade and additive manufacturing. Instead of having a desk in our facility, Steve is normally out traveling and educating potential customers, foundry men, engineers, and casting designers finding the best solution to their casting needs. Steve will be part of a panel on Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 PM in room 202AB discussing additive manufacturing. When Steve isn't traveling for work, he is spends time woodworking or hanging out with his wife and grandkids.

Alyssa Corral


Entering into her third year at Hoosier Pattern, Alyssa Corral specializes in all marketing and social media efforts, along with producing and managing website content. Alyssa is always looking for new ways to tell Hoosier's story within various industries, especially by attending trade shows and participating in that way. When she isn't on the clock, you can find her at record stores looking for Beatles records, at a concert, or reading a book somewhere.

Brandon Fourman

Brandon Fourman is an apprentice pattern-maker and has been with HPI since 2013. He started in the saw department and was accepted into the apprentice program in June of 2015. Brandon will be a new face in the trade show booth, but is very knowledgeable and will be a great asset to the show team for the Metalcasting Congress. In Brandon’s free time, he is usually hunting, fishing, or on a golf course.

 

HPI started in 1997 as a pattern shop and has seen continual growth within the pattern industry by expanding our capabilities to what they are today. We hope you’ll stop by our booth at the conference and check out photos and videos of our facility, as well as sample projects we have worked on. HPI's booth will have information and literature about all services that we offer including foundry tooling, 3D printed sand, and plastic/ABS printing. HPI is proud to be a part of a community and industry that is so vital to everyday life. We look forward to exhibiting and meeting with current and potential customers, as well as seeing which direction the industry is heading in.

Never used or even seen 3D printed sand? Hoosier's booth will be filled with 3D printed sand molds and cores, as well as castings that were cast from 3D printed sand. Everything from small castings to large castings, all made from 3D printed sand in a range of alloys. All of our 3D printed sand is printed in-house with one our ExOne S-Max™ printers in the shop. Have a project or idea that could possibly use 3D printed sand? Stop by the booth. We'd love to hear your idea and discuss your options. See you next week!

HPI Receives Solution Award

In June, Hoosier Pattern was awarded a Global Supply Chain SOLVE Solution Award by Emerson Process Management. Emerson gives this award to outstanding project owners that impact the way their supply chain works. The objective of The Global Supply Chain's Solution Award is to encourage and recognize people's efforts on providing supply chain related solutions to the business. In line with the SOLVE vision (defined below) there must also be value added to the business via enterprise engagement, financial improvement, delivery improvement and asset management improvement. The Solution Award is going to be given once in a calendar year and/or completion of a Solution project. The nominees for the award are individuals and/or teams inside and outside of the Global Supply Chain's organization and recipients are chosen by Global Supply Chain leadership, in alignment with Enterprise Leadership. Hoosier Pattern is the only external supplier to receive a Solution award. 

 

Global Supply Chain's vision of SOLVE includes: 

S - Solution provider on: delivery challenges, dwell time and asset management targets

O - On-time delivery improvement with all suppliers achieving 95% OTD to request date

L - Lead time reduction: work with suppliers to shorten lead-times demanded by KOB's

V - Value add to our financial position: deliver supply chain related financial targets on NMI, DPO, ES

E - Enterprise engagement via perfect execution: driving regional actions in line with global Enterprise objectives 

 

HPI is honored and thrilled to be the recipient of the SOLVE award. Our employees take pride in their work and the quality of everything that leaves our facility reflects that. We will continue to strive to be an industry leader in 3D printed sand, constantly working to be better and finding ways to do things differently. The HPI team is mindful of the need to compete for excellence and will always work together as one to keep that goal in mind. We look forward to our future with Emerson and continuing to make that partnership a stronger one. 

 

HPI’s First Webinar!

Hoosier Pattern put on it's first webinar Wednesday May 25th. Titled, An Introduction to 3D Sand Printing for the Metalcasting Industry, the webinar was presented by Steve Murray and Dave Rittmeyer of Hoosier Pattern. Both Steve and Dave have been in the trade for over a combined 50 years. Both Journeymen are well educated in additive manufacturing and have spoke at multiple events about this topic. 


Steve Murray and Dave Rittmeyer of HPI

Incase you missed it, we had the webinar recorded and it is available to watch here and on our YouTube channel.

If you have any additional questions regarding the webinar, want to receive any of the literature mentioned, or would like to talk to the presenters themselves, feel free to contact Steve or Dave. 
Steve Murrray: steve@hoosierpattern.com
Dave Rittmeyer: dave@hoosierpattern.com

 

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