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.

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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!