Speaking & Conferences News

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!

3D Printing for Pump Components and TPS 2016

Next week, Dave and Alyssa will be at the 45th Turbomachinery and 32nd Pump Symposia in Houston. TPS is the premier training and networking opportunity for professionals in both pump, turbomachiniery and related industries. Last year, TPS attracted more than 5,500 people and 350 exhibiting companies from 48 countries. HPI fits into this show because here at HPI, we are able to manufacture parts for a wide variety of industrial pumps and commercial pumps, including: centrifugal pumps, water and sewage pumps, turbine pumps, transfer pumps, fluid flow pumps and more! Pump castings can be delivered with pinpoint accuracy in just days with our advanced technology and multi-industry expertise. 

 

Why Use 3D Printed Sand to Make Pump Components?

Timing:
In a maximum of 2 week's time 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.

Cost:
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. 

Design:
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 huge advancement for the pump industry. 

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

 

  

See you next week, Houston! If you are not going to be at TPS 2016, but are still interested in 3D printed sand for your pump project, please contact us. 

To request a quote on your pump project: quote@hoosierpattern.com

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

 

Trade Show Recap: SEMA

The SEMA show is one of the largest trade shows in the United States every year.

The SEMA Show is the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world. It draws the industry’s brightest minds and hottest products to one place, the Las Vegas Convention Center. As part of the AAIW, the SEMA Show attracts more than 100,000 industry leaders from more than 100 countries for unlimited profit opportunities in the automotive, truck and SUV, powersports, and RV markets. The 2015 SEMA Show drew more than 60,000 domestic and international buyers. With more than 100,000 attendees and 2,000 exhibitors, 4 days is barely enough to see and do everything there is to do there. This year, Hoosier Pattern was one of the exhibitors taking in everything that SEMA has to offer. Alyssa, Travis and Dave spent 4 days in the Las Vegas Convention Center talking to potential customers and automotive fanatics about what HPI can do for their next project. 


Hoosier Pattern entered a scaled down v8 engine block into the New Products Showcase,  an area of the show providing exhibitors with an outstanding opportunity to introduce new products, packaging and merchandising to industry buyers and media. The v8 engine intrigued many people to visit us at our booth. Showing off a mini engine block was cool enough on its own, but telling people that it was cast from 3D printed sand blew people away. One of the best parts about having the capabilities that HPI has is being able to educate and tell people about what we can do in this industry. 

 

 

With 5 exhibition halls at over a half a mile long each, as well as a race track outside the convention center,  you could feel the excitement in the air from attendees and exhibitors about what this year's show had to offer. From new and shiny products to celebrity appearances, there was always something exciting happening at The SEMA Show. 

 

  

 

The HPI booth had nonstop traffic, but Alyssa, Travis and Dave all made time to walk around and explore the show and ran into a couple of celebrities while they were out. Alyssa talked to the stars of Animal Planet's "Tanked".  Travis met Taya Kyle, the wife of American Sniper Chris Kyle, and Dave met one of his celebrity crushes, Jessi Combs. SEMA is just as entertaining as it is informative. There is so much to do and see there that 4 days is barely enough time to cover it all. 

  

 

After 4 days of the SEMA show there was a feeling of exhaustion as well as a feeling of relief for a successful show as the jet lag finally wore off. The final hours of SEMA felt like more of a celebration of how far the industry has come and how far it is going to go in the future. HPI enjoyed being a part of The SEMA Show this year and looks forward to being a part of SEMA 2016. 

Until next time, Las Vegas. 

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! 


 

Exclusive Offer from HPI at the 119th Metalcasting Congress

A week from today, The 119th Metalcasting Congress will kick off in Columbus, Ohio at the Greater Columbus Convention Center and Hoosier Pattern will be at booth #104 with an exclusive offer.

Hoosier Pattern is offering 25% off sand printing for those that stop at our booth.*

*Limited number of certificates available

 

Hoosier Pattern’s Dave Rittmeyer will be presenting at this year’s Casting Congress with his presentation on rapid prototyping entitled, “How Fast is Fast and Why Do I Need Tooling”.  Dave will also be leading a panel during the workshop entitled, “Printing Your Future in 3D”.


Rapid Prototyping…”How Fast is Fast and Why Do I Need Tooling"
Dave Rittmeyer, Hoosier Pattern Inc., Decatur, Indiana

When: Wednesday April 22
Time: 3:35pm
Where: Room C211-212

You need prototype or low volume production castings? Do you need tooling to make those castings?  There are options available to produce those castings that are time saving and cost saving when a few factors are taken into account.  These new options may allow you to bypass tooling, have a shorter lead time and complete the project under budget.  Are you exploring these options or are you using the same methods that have always been in place at your organization?  We will review the four main factors that should be consider before you build tooling to produce your prototype or low volume casting.


Printing Your Future in 3D

When: Monday April 20
Time: 1p-4:30

Plan to arrive the day before the Metalcasting Congress to attend a free workshop on additive manufacturing. Our industry is being transformed by the technology which enables printing of sand cores and molds, wax patterns and tooling directly from 3D CAD files. The technology is currently being used in many applications including prototypes, reproduction of antique automotive parts and other complex and lower volume production components.  During this workshop speakers will present the key aspects of the technology, latest research and advancements, how the technology can promote and enhance design freedom and product improvement. The workshop will be highlighted by presentations and a panel discussion by several foundries on how they are using the technology to expand markets, reduce lead time and improve cost.  At the end of the workshop from 4:30-5:00 discussion will be held to help form the first AFS ad-hoc committee on Additive Manufacturing.

 

The countdown until the 119th Metalcasting Congress is on!  See you at booth #104!

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!

Out and About in April

Happy 1st day of April 2015! This year has flown by so far and we are coming up on 2 important dates on the Hoosier Pattern calendar: 

 

AMUG Conferennce 

Running April 19th through the 23rd is the 27th Annual Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) Conference. It is 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 2nd year in a row. Steve will also be presenting on the topic of "3-D Sand Printing For Your Metal Casting Needs" and demonstrating the casting processes by melting metal in a microwave and letting the attendees cast metal objects into a sand or ceramic mold to make their own souvenirs. 

Learn more about AMUG here

Metalcasting Conference

The 119th Metal Casting Congress will be held April 21st through the 23rd at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. Hoosier Pattern's Dave Rittmeyer will be presenting at this year's Casting Congress with his presentation on rapid prototyping entitled, "How Fast is Fast and Why Do I Need Tooling". Dave will also be leading a panel during the workshop entitled, " Printing Your Future in 3D". Hoosier Pattern will be at booth #104 for the duration of the Casting Congress. 

To learn more about the 119th Metal Casting Conference click here.

 

 

Rapid Prototyping..."How Fast is Fast and Why do I Need Tooling"
Dave Rittmeyer, Hoosier Pattern Inc., Decatur, IN 

Do you need prototype or low volume production castings? Do you need tooling to make those castings? There are options available to produce those castings that are time saving and cost saving when a few factors are taken into account. These new options may allow you to bypass tooling, have shorter lead time and complete the project under budget. are you exploring these options or are you using the same methods that have always been in place at your organization? We will review the four main factors that should be considered before you build tooling to produce your prototype or low volume casting. 

Do you want to learn more and attend this workshop? To register, click here

 

"Printing Your Future in 3D"

Our industry is being transformed by the technology which enables printing of sand cores and molds, wax patterns and tooling directly from 3D CAD files. The technology is currently being used in many applications includign prototypes, reproduction of antique automotive parts and other complex and lower volume production components. During this workshop, speakers will present the key aspects of the technology, latest research and advancements, how the technology can promote and enhance design freedom and product improvement. The workshop will be highlighted by presentations and a panel discussion by several foundries on how they are using the technology to expand markets, reduce lead time and improve cost. At the end of the workshop from 4:30-5:00 discussion will be held to help form the first AFS ad-hoc committee on Additive Manufacturing.

Want to attend this workshop? Do it here

 

Designing Printed Sand Molds and Cores That Can Be Cleaned and Handled
Dave Rittmeyer, Customer Care & A.M. Manager, Hoosier Pattern Inc.

Just about any CAD person can design a mold of 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 soem practices that can be followed to help increase the chances for successful removal of the unbound sand. There are many ways to handle printed sand safely. I will review some of the options that we have tested and used succesffully. 

 

"How to Use 3-D Printed Sand in Short Run Production and Prototype Castings"
Steve Murray, Sales Rep and Additive Manufacturing Consultant, Hoosier Pattern Inc. 

What foundry components can be 3-D printed in sand?-- Mold 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 into your 3-D printed sand mold. Placing fliters in you printed sand mold. Printed sand cores, solid, shell or a hybrid. What each can bring to your desing and your casting. Using ceramic cores in a sand mold and designing your printed sand mold for safe handling. 
 


April will be an exciting month for us at Hoosier Pattern. Register for a workshop or come see our booth, we look forward to seeing you!