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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! 
 

Leading the Way at Industry Shows

Hoosier Pattern is excited to be participating in the 2015 AMUG Conference, 2015 AFS Casting Congress and RAPID 2015.

AMUG Conference

Running April 19th-23rd, the 27th Annual Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) Conference will be 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.  In addition 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 oven and letting the attendees cast metal objects into a sand mold or a ceramic mold to make their very own souvenir.

Metalcasting Conference

The 119th Metalcasting Congress will be held on April 21-23 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio.  Hoosier Pattern’s own 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

RAPID 2015 will be held on May 19th at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California. Dave Rittmeyer and Steve Murray will both be leading workshops at this event titled, “Designing Printed Sand Molds and Cores That Can be Cleaned and Handled” and “How to Use 3-D Printed Sand in Short Run Production and Prototype Castings”.

Visit the links below for more information on the upcoming AMUG, Casting Congress, and RAPID shows.  We are excited to have the honor to participate in these shows, and we hope to see you there!

AMUG - http://www.additivemanufacturingusersgroup.com/

Metalcasting Congress - http://www.afsinc.org/news/MCCLanding.cfm?ItemNumber=15212&navItemNumbe…

RAPID - http://www.rapid3devent.com/casting

Abstracts

See below for abstracts of some of our workshops:

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

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.

To register for this workshop, go to:  https://afsinc.confex.com/afsinc/119/webprogram/Paper2937.html

“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 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.

To register for this workshop, go to:  http://www.afsinc.org/news/event.cfm?EventID=37888

Designing Printed Sand Molds and Cores That Can Be Cleaned and Handled
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 many ways to handle printed sand safely. I will review some of the options that we have tested and used successfully.

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

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.

Performance Racing Industry 2014

Hoosier Pattern is excited to participate in Performance Racing Industries 2014 show at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana December 11-13.  Make sure you set a full 3 days aside as you won't want to miss a single day.  With over 1100 campanies exhibiting you are sure to see the latest in racing technology and have a chance to make connections with buyers from all over the world. Be sure to stop by Hoosier Patterns booth #5703

 

FUNDIEXPO 2014

The 19th Congress and International Exhibition of the Foundry Industry in Monterrey, Mexico is the largest trade show and exhibition in Mexico.  Hoosier Pattern's Steve Murray was able to attend and he had the following to say about his visit.

              "The Mexican Foundry Expo was a huge surprise. I was pleasantly surprised to see so many familiar faces and companies from north of the boarder down at the Expo center with booths and doing business. Mexico is a metal casting force and is modernizing at a fast pace. All the foundries I talked to were interested in 3-D Printing and other Additive Manufacturing technologies that might be applicable to their foundries growth. No donkeys and sombreros here, only a forward thinking and modernizing metal casting industry. The Italian and Japanese companies both had large blocks of booths at the Expo. They must see the potential of the Mexican Foundry Market and the opportunities that exist there.

             One of the structural things that was in place that made this Expo so business friendly was the area set off from the booths and the hubbub of the Expo floor. It was an area where you could go and talk business at a table and not be in the booth space. You could make a deal right there or get in to more specifics and not be in the commotion of the Expo floor. It is a feature that would be good to mimic at our foundry shows here in the U.S. Another very savvy arraignment was that all the foundries were in one area or block of booths. This made it very convenient for the casting buyers to see the foundries of their choice and not have to run all over the Expo to locate the prospective casting partners. This was an Expo set up to do business.

            All in all it was a very good Expo and one that was geared to doing business and making connections. I look forward to going back and working with the foundries on making castings using Additive Manufacturing. Please contact me if you would like to talk about this topic."

 

If you or your company are planning on attending a confrence and would like to speak with someone about what Hoosier Pattern has to offer let us know and we will schedule a time.  CLICK HERE to contact us.

Additive Manufacturing’s Future

We're fascinated by this video we came across with Pete Zelinski, Senior Editor for Modern Machine Shop and Editor-In-Chief for Additive Manufacturing. He's speaking about trends and answering questions about the future of additive manufacturing:

Zelinski really hits the nail on the head when he says additive manufacturings growth relies on "designers becoming more aware of the freedoms and possibilities that additive manufacturing brings them."  

Take a quick minute to watch this short video and see if additive manufacturing needs to be in your future. And, if you happen to be headed to Chicago this week for the International Manufacturing Technology Show this week, be sure to stop by the Additive Manufacturing Center at Booth W-10. 

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