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BCI and Eaton Integrate ExOne Sand 3D Printing to Accelerate NPD for Hydraulics Customers

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Bremen Castings, Inc. (BCI) and Eaton are accelerating new product development (NPD) for hydraulics customers by leveraging sand 3D printing technology. The companies will use be using an ExOne sand binder jetting 3D printer in the foundry and machine shop at BCI, located in Bremen, IN. This technology will give both companies access to print 3D sand molds and cores used in the iron casting process.

“Utilizing 3D printing in this way lays the groundwork for both companies to save time in material, tooling, engineering, inventory, transportation, and startup cost for new projects,” said JB Brown, President, BCI. “The addition of this 3D printer allows BCI to produce cores and molds for low volume work and prototypes without producing expensive and time consuming tooling for customers.”

Along with our foundry and machine shop, BCI can supply a true, machined-complete prototype casting to customers before final approval, adding value to our customers by shortening the timeline of bringing a new product to market. BCI looks forward to this new relationship with Eaton and continuing to bring jobs of the future to the Bremen area.

Bremen Castings, Inc. is a precision CNC machine shop with our own green sand foundry under one roof. BCI’s ferrous and non-ferrous CNC machine shop is equipped with over a dozen horizontal, vertical and other CNC machines to provide an assembled, precision machined complete casting to the world market. BCI uses 92% recycled ferrous material to produce world-class gray and ductile iron castings for our world market. BCI has been recycling for over 75 years and is proud to be a family-owned business in its 4th generation of leadership.

Eaton is a power management company with 2016 sales of $19.7 billion. We provide energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton is dedicated to improving the quality of life and the environment through the use of power management technologies and services. Eaton has approximately 96,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries.

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