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Local Students Pour Castings Using 3D Printed Molds

Recently, the Area 18 Precision Machining class at South Adams High School poured their own castings from 3D printed molds printed with HPI’s sand printers.

The South Adams / Area 18 Precision Machining classes prepare students for going straight into their machining careers. Several of our employees at HPI are graduates of this class. Past graduates include Tony Uhrick, Ryan Seddlemeyer, Phillip Bauman, Jon Dathe, and Kyle Rittmeyer. Advisory board members from Hoosier Pattern include Keith Gerber and Ryan Seddelmeyer, and Todd Yoder.

The graduates of this class can earn both NIMS (National Institute of Metalworking skills) certifications and college credit, but most importantly, they are ready to begin their careers in a real-world machining/manufacturing company.

The South Adams Precision Machining class begins the first year with an introduction to shop safety, shop math, and basic hand tools. While the first “bench work” project is starting, each student gets an introduction to CNC (computer numerical controlled) machining by using a CAM system to design and program a polished aluminum nameplate for their lockers. After that, it is back to the manual machines to get a good machining foundation on manual lathes, mills and surface grinders. By the end of the first year, the students begin to get more experience programming and setting up basic parts on their 6 CNC machines. (3 of the machines were donated by HPI).

During the second year class, students completely design, engineer and manufacture a complex assembly from scratch. This year, the student designed a double acting steam engine with variable timing. The students worked together as a team to produce a working model in SolidEdge of their own design. Once the design was finalized, the students created industry level blueprints for each part along with inspection sheets. After that, the students will take all that paperwork they created as a team and machine all the parts individually and leave with a working engine by the end of the school year. The column/crankshaft support is the part that the students worked with HPI to have sand printed molds made for.

Back in January, Mr. Jerod Dailey’s class poured their castings using HPI’s molds. Lars, Mason, Chandler, Keaton, Kegan and Bailey got some real hands on training in handling molten aluminum as well as how to safely pour it and produce a quality casting. Below are some pictures of the class as well as some of the student’s thoughts on the project.

 

1st and 2nd are of the parts they poured – there are two parts to a pour, each one will make a column for the 17-18 engine project that the students designed. Once they are cut apart, there are still 4 holes and 2 bearing bores that will be machined.

 

The material that they melted that was donated by FCC Adams and they used about 8 pieces for this first pour. 4 more pours to go plus any green sand casting they do. The class took their scrap parts and cut them into 4 pieces to fit in the crucible

 

Last picture are the molds that Hoosier Pattern made for us with the 3D Sand Printer

 

“It was really interesting to pour molten aluminum. It was neat that at really high temperatures that metal will flow as easy or easier then water. I thought it was going to be pretty light weight but when all the aluminum was melted it was actually pretty heavy. So thank you for the material and for donating the molds to us so that we could experience casting for the first time."

Keaton A. (Adams Central)

 

“Pouring our molds was very interesting and fun because we got to see the aluminum melt and turn into liquid form which I have never seen. This was my first time I have ever poured aluminum and I think it would be cool to do more often. Thank you for donating the molds to the class so we could have the opportunity to pour our own part for our class project.”

Chandler S. (Adams Central)

 

“Thank you for the molds that you made for us. This was the first time I have poured aluminum and it was one of the coolest experiences I have had in this class. I was surprised by how easily it poured into the mold. I hope I can defiantly do this again sometime.”

Lars I. (South Adams)

 

 

Happy Retirement, Steve Murray!

After 41 years in the industry and 4 years at Hoosier Pattern, Steve Murray is retiring at the end of this year. Steve has played a vital role in the sand printing portion of our business here at HPI. Steve didn't have a desk in the building, instead he could be found speaking at events, shows and meetings representing Hoosier and getting our name out there within the industry. A short interview with Steve below gives insight to his years as a patternmaker.


Badges from various shows/events Steve has been to representing HPI

 

How long have you been in the industry?
 Since 1976 and joined the Patternmakers League of North America a short time later. Since then I have had the privilege and good fortune to work in many pattern shops and foundries. I liked moving around to learn new things and experiencing different manufacturing methods and products. You learn so much from others and everyone can teach you something if you are open to the experience.

What attracted you to this industry?
Making things. Most manufactured things, products, parts or whatever you want to call them started out in a pattern shop or model shop. All these designs were funneled through these shops. To be in one meant you had a wide and varied list of things you would be required to make, so boredom was not an issue. Just think of all the parts that make up an automobile, plane, ship or household appliances, industrial machinery and many other categories of parts that needed to be manufactured and they all started with a guy making something. I wanted to be that guy. The guy who was the first to make this type of engine block, head or bracket. How cool is that, to make the first of something on planet Earth, or to make something that future archeologists will dig up and marvel that we back in the day had the technology to make this or that. They always dig up metal bits and put them in museums and such. So, I like, I get a kick out of making things. Always have and most likely always will.

Do you have any advice for people wanting to get into this industry?  
The industry needs you and wants you. If you like hands on learning, practical learning and not all the fluff, then jump in. Yes you get dirty, but all of us clean up good, and working with your hand and your mind is the best combination there is. This industry is what you make of it, much like life….what you make of it. All the skilled trades are cool professions. Yes, profession, not job. You master a skilled trade, you are by definition a professional. There is a pride in that, no one can take that away from you and you are that professional till you die.

How has the industry changed since you started?
Technology. A skilled hands trade has evolved to a skilled technology trade. Skilled hands are still required but technology has let one skilled tradesperson replace a dozen from years past. My past which to me is not all that long ago, but to younger people it is ancient history. The speed at which things are done is remarkable. The knowledge and use of such a wide variety of technologies is astounding. Technology changes in Chemistry, Material Science, IT, Simulation and on and on are impacting the industry and it keeps making this industry interesting.

 

Last week, Hoosier  threw a retirement lunch for Steve and surprised him with a bronze statue as a retirement gift. Something people may be surprised to know about Steve is that he is a very talented wood carver. He initially carved the body of this statue out of wood, we scanned it and already had a 3D file of Steve's head. We combined the two CAD files and with some help from Artcast Inc. in Canada, ended up with a fantastic casting.

    

 

What are you going to do with all of your free time now?
Carve/sculpt  or make things just because I want to or because I think they are pretty. I will draw and paint more and also work making my gardens. I love to garden and I hope to finish my 5 acres of garden beds before I leave the top side of this Earth. On the family side, I want to have those days with my Miss Judy that we have been waiting for all these years. Enjoy each and every one of them together.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?
That I am a home body who likes to cook for my Miss Judy and that I enjoy more solitary activities. If left to my own devises I could be a hermit, but my Miss Judy keeps me engaged with the world.

 

HPI wants to thank Steve for his many hours of traveling, sleeping in hotel rooms, eating airport food and for ultimately representing Hoosier Pattern in the best way possible. Steve's knowledge and passion for additive manufacturing helped give HPI a head start within the industry, which is invaluable.  Steve, we want to wish you a very relaxing and worry free retirement. You have earned it.

 

 

HPI Adds 2 New Machining Centers to End 2017

This morning was a busy morning as HPI welcomed TWO new machining centers to add to the list of equiptment we have in our facility:

 

Mazak Veriaxis 730-5X ii    * 5 axis machining center

  Travel: 28"x33"x22"    *Large work area for a 5 axis machining center

  Pallet changer   *for light production and multiple setups

  With a 5 Axis HPI's possibilities are endless.  It will help throughout the shop but the rigging department might benefit the most.  With this machine we will be able to do the same as eliminate the super long reach tools that have become a standard around the shop.  It will help us to be more aggressive on quoting very complex jobs and taller jobs with tight reach areas as we will be able to utilize shorter tools to perform the job. So long story short: We will be able to complete higher complexity jobs faster and better than ever before. 

Doosan DNM 650

  Doosan is a new face around HPI.  We are looking to capitalize on the advancements in the cutting tool world with machines that can accommodate the speeds and feed needed to utilize these tools to their fullest.  With the profit margins shrinking in manufacturing market, we are looking to produce the high quality foundry tools HPI is known for in a shorter amount of time. 

 

It feels like Christmas came a couple days early for Hoosier Pattern. We are excited to see how these machines are utilized for our customers projects and look forward to putting them to good use. 

PRI 2017

December 7-9 the 30th annual Performance Racing Industry show took place in the heart of downtown Indianapolis at the Indiana Convention Center. Attendees at this show discover the latest in machining and automotive technology as more than 100 manufacturers and over 1100 companies total showcase their latest developments in auto racing technology. 

Ryan Seddelmeyer, Alyssa Corral, Dave Rittmeyer and Brandon Fourman all represented HPI in Indy networking with existing customers as well as potential customers. Custom castings for automotive projects is where Hoosier shines at this show. The possibilities potential customers think of when they think about incorporating 3D printed sand into their restorations, remodels and other projects are endless.Hoosier's booth featured 3D printed sand cores and molds as well as some 2 stroke cylinders, cylinder heads, a mini v8 engine block and of course, our mini pouring man casting that goes with us to every show.

   

This year for the first time PRI had a Featured Products Showcase. Hoosier entered the mini v8 engine block casting as well as the 3D printed sand mold that it was cast from. Attendees saw the pieces in the showcase and came to HPI's booth to ask questions and inquire about their future projects making the entry into the featured products showcase a huge success.

 

Last year during PRI 2016, Hoosier met an entrepreneur looking for an FDM printed prototype. HPI took on his project with their Stratasys Fortus plastic printer and helped get his idea off the ground. This year at PRI 2017, he came back with 2 Never Measures in hand as gifts for HPI employees as well as the exciting news that he officially launched and started selling them last week. HPI is currently working with the crew at Never Measure on an article for a more in depth look about how this project came to life. Until then read more about the Never Measure here.

 

Thank you to everyone who stopped by booth 5036 this year. If you stopped by and are interested in more information about HPI's capabilities or want some 3D printed sample molds click here. Next week, Hoosier will be in Houston, Texas at the Turbo and Pump Symposia. 

 

HPI Celebrates 20 Years In Business!!

In November of 1997, Hoosier Pattern consisted of 3 employees in a 4600 sq. foot area with 4 machines: 1 vertical CNC machine, 1 manual bridg port, 1 manual lathe and 1 welder.

Over the last 20 years Hoosier Pattern has gained recognition as one of the region's premier pattern shops as well as a becoming a leader within the industry. In 2013, Hoosier purchased a 3D sand printer and at the time it was the largest 3D printer in the United States. With the addition of the 3D sand printer in HPI's toolbox, Hoosier was elevated to a new level of manufacturing. Not only could the HPI team build you a tool for high volume production, but they could also help out with low volume production or even prototypes. 

Present day, Hoosier currently employs 42 people in a 80,000 square foot facility. Hoosier houses over 20 machining centers including: vertical machining centers, horizontal machining centers, 2 CNC lathes, 2 EDM's a manual CMM, and a laser scanner. They also house 2 ExOne S-Max™ Sand Printers within their walls as well. Hoosier offers an apprentice program that is registered with the United States department of labor and offers internships and job shadowing for current students interested in the trade. Congratulations on everyone at Hoosier Pattern for celebrating this milestone anniversary!

HPI’s Newest Journeyman Patternmaker

As of July, Hoosier officially has a new Journeyman Patternmaker to add to our already impressive list of skilled employees. Phillip Bauman completed his 10,000 work hours and classes at Ivy Tech Community College over the past 5 years and received his Journeyman Certificate from the Indiana Department of Labor last week.

  

Phillip Bauman has been a part of the Hoosier Pattern family since May of 2012 when Keith hired him at the end of his senior year of high school. Phillip was initially hired to paint the outside of the building. One day it had started raining and Keith told Phillip to come inside and shadow some of journeymen already out on the shop floor for the day and he has been here ever since. Phillip is currently one of our CAM programmers and occasionally can be found in the Hoosier Pattern booth at some of the trade shows we attend. 

  

 

Congratulations, Phillip! Your hard work and dedication to Hoosier Pattern over the past 5 years has been truly appreciated. We are proud of your work ethic and are grateful to have you on our team.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Happy Retirement, Dwight!

Today, we started saying "See you later" to one of HPI's best, Dwight Haines as he starts a new journey:

RETIREMENT!

 

Dwight is a Journeyman Patternmaker and acquired his certificate for "Machinist- Tool Maker"  August 24, 1973. He worked in Van Wert for awhile and then moved to Fort Wayne Foundry/Cole Pattern. Dwight happened to be neighbors with our owner, Keith Gerber, and after some convincing Keith got Dwight to join the HPI team.

  

Dwight is HPI's Support Coordinator at HPI and has been an asset to the team since his first day back in 2009. Dwight is a wizard in Microsoft Excel and brought his knowledge to HPI, greatly enhancing our internal workbooks. Having been in the industry for many years, he also brought a wealth of knowledge about quality.

Dwight spends most of his time in the quality room, acting as our laser scanning guru and 3D sand testing expert. His years of skills and knowledge is very impressive and his willingness to share that knowledge with others is inspiring to see. Dwight has spent time at local high schools and job fairs showing students how to use the 3D scanner and how it applies to the industry. Dwight, and his wealth of knowledge, will be missed by all of us at HPI. 

Dwight,

Everyone at HPI wishes you a relaxing and happy retirement. You have been a joy to learn from and work alongside. Your years of hard work here are much appreciated and we are very grateful. Your work truly has made a lasting impact, and has changed the company for the better in many ways. Enjoy every minute of your retirement!

Love,
The Hoosier Pattern Family

 

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!

Bellmont Trade Classes visit HPI

Thursday March 23rd, Bellmont students from Jason Egly's various trades classes came to HPI to gain insight on the character traits of a desirable employee. The students were also able to take a tour of Hoosier Pattern’s facilities and learn about what our team does.

The discussion was led by HPI's Jim Geimer, Phillip Bauman, and Alyssa Corral. Jim, Phillip, and Alyssa gathered the students into the training room and presented on what makes a quality employee – not just at Hoosier Pattern, but in any field the students might choose in the future. Topics were broken down into three general categories:

•The Basics – skills someone at the high school level should already possess

•Things That Can Always be Practiced – skills to constantly improve upon

•HPI Specific – skills that would help a person employed at HPI
 

 

Touching on The Basics, HPI's employees emphasized arriving to work on time, communication skills, and learning to get along with coworkers. Even though it’s 2017 and cell phones are a normal occurrence, it’s still shocking to see the amount of people who show up late for interviews without prior notice. Communication ties into this, as well. Failure to communicate being late, especially to an interview with a potential employer, raises a red flag before the interview even begins.

To the third emphasis, getting along with coworkers can be a lot easier said than done. Depending on the job within an industry, it’s not uncommon to spend half of the hours in the week with your coworkers. Being able to push through differences to find common ground is essential to the overall health of a company. It is vital for customers to see teamwork, and this teamwork will translate into minimal errors, quality service, and getting the job done.

 


 

Another area of conversation surrounded skills and character traits that can always be improved upon. Hoosier employees, especially the younger ones and apprentices, are always encouraged to learn more and immerse themselves in whatever can help them better understand the trade.

As adults, and not just in the workplace, we try to integrate these habits into everyday life. Phillip Bauman can attest to going the extra mile and how it can affect you. Phillip got his start at HPI in high school by painting the outside of the building during the summer and one day it was closing time and Phillip decided he only had a few spots left to paint and stayed over and finished the job. Keith, the owner at HPI, noticed this work ethic in a high school aged student and a few years later, Phillip is now in his final year as an apprentice.

Another emphasized topic was being able to admit defeat. As humans, we are bound to fail from time to time. However, the victory is found in how the failed situation is handled. This is something we wanted to instill into the Bellmont students. On occasion, we have had employees that get frustrated with the job. That is to be expected. However, instead of asking for help, they just stop showing up to work. This is a poor reflection of the organization and it leaves extra work for other employees to pick up. It's okay to fail, but it is necessary to recognize when it has happened and to ask for help on how to correct it.

 

When we started discussing the qualities and characteristics necessary for a future at HPI, it was important to communicate that everything covered in the previous slides is vital. It takes an entire team committed to excellence to make things run smoothly and deliver products on time.

Along with everything previously covered, it was noted that taking certain classes as a high school student will help to lay a foundation of what to expect inside HPI's doors. Having both Jim and Phillip in the apprentice program and knowing firsthand what helped them was helpful in letting the students know which classes to sign up for in their upcoming high school years.

After the presentation, the students had the opportunity to tour the facility. Most of the students had never seen a machine shop in full swing. Students were able to see the 3D sand printing area, various printers running, and final production pieces being cleaned. They also had the chance to see plates in the CNC machines and parts being laser scanned in the quality control room.

The day ended with students asking several job specific questions like, “What is the average pay for a Journeyman Patternmaker?” Questions were asked about dress code, other skilled trades industries, and more.

We want to thank Mr. Egly and his classes for taking the time to come through our shop and allow the younger generation to see what skilled trade jobs look like in real life and how they contribute to society. We look forward to having next year's class here!

 

Kyle Rittmeyer - On The Job Training

Kyle Rittmeyer is not a stranger to HPI. Kyle's dad, Dave Rittmeyer will be celebrating his 18th year with HPI in April, making Kyle a part of the HPI family basically since birth. Kyle is the newest (and now youngest!) team member and is not a stranger to the trade. As you will read below, Kyle aspires to be a third generation pattern maker. We look forward to having Kyle here in the building and look forward to seeing him grow in the in trade.

 

What school do you go to?
Norwell High School.  I'm enrolled in South Adams Area 18 Precision Machining Program.

What grade are you in?
Senior

What is "on the job training" Is it part of a class? A program?
On the job training is being trained while doing that job as a potential career. Students have the opportunity to be enrolled in on the job training during their 2nd year class at South Adams. I work from 12:30 to 4:30 Monday thru Thursday and will continue to do so for the last half of the school year.

What are your plans after high school?
My plans for after high school are apply for a full time job at Hoosier or another pattern shop. Once I've worked there for awhile, I hope to apply and be accepted into an apprenticeship program and fufill one of my life goals and become a third generation patternmaker.

Did you get to choose HPI as a place to do your on the job training or was it picked for you? If you picked, what made you go with HPI?
I got to choose HPI. I chose this place because it is where I hope to be hired. It has many learning opportunities.

What makes HPI different than other choices you had?
HPI is different because I have worked here in the past. I have done and internship and done odd jobes to help in needed areas around the shop (painted, cleaned in the summer).

What do you at HPI?
At HPI I do a little of everything. I help quality control with scanning and inspecting. I shadow the setup crew watching them set up parts on the mills and lathes picking up little tricks that they were taught. I help in the benching area by taking gating off plates so they can be cleaned up and I help in the sandroom cleaning molds and cores, job boxes or helping pack so they can ship them out.

What do you enjoy the most about HPI?
What I enjoy the most is seeing friendly faces that are willing to advice and give their tips for projects.

Which career/industry are you hoping to do for life?
I am hoping to work in the machining side, either programming or on setup.

What qualities/traits does a person need to succeed in this line of work?
teamwork. Most jobs I've watched people do here involve more than one task and more than one person.

What activities do you enjoy doing outside of work?
I enjoy reading books and fishing. I played saxophone in the marching band at football games and bass guitar in the pep band at home basketball games. I am currently restoring an old motorcycle with my dad right now. 

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