Kimura Foundry America, Inc. today announced it will install a new sand 3D printer in the second quarter of 2022 to provide higher production flexibility. The company specializes in providing rapid prototypes and small-volume production castings and is increasing capacity to meet diverse market demands for high quality castings with quick turnaround times.
The new S-Max system from ExOne will be the fourth sand mold and core printer for the company’s U.S. location, and the 10th owned by the global company, with six systems running at the foundry’s headquarters in Japan. Kimura Foundry America built its facility in Indiana around 3D printing, relying on the high-end technology to create complex geometries efficiently. 3D printing sand molds and cores using binder jet technology allows Kimura to produce castings without the long wait and high cost of using traditional foundry tooling.
The location currently operates two ExOne S-Max printers and one S-Print for sand mold and core production. By adding an additional S-Max system, the company expects to improve the flexibility of its operation, as well as streamline maintenance and staff training.
“Kimura produces various metal castings under one roof, and 3D printing sand molds and cores enables us to deliver high quality castings with very short lead times,” said Dr. Yoya Fukuda, President of Kimura Foundry America. “With an additional S-Max sand 3D printer we can meet more expectations from our customers across the industries we serve from automotive to aerospace as well as construction and industrial machinery.
About Kimura Foundry America, Inc. – Kimura Foundry America, located in Shelbyville Indiana, specializes in quality castings produced by optimizing 3D printing technology. A parent company with a long history as a foundry and a patented sand technology enable us to produce defect free castings in as little as 5 business days. In addition to the 3D printed sand molds and cores, high speed casting simulation software and various inspection capabilities, including in-house CT scanning, strengthen our quality standard. Our process is ideal for rapid prototyping and small volume production as well as service parts when conventional patterns are not available. We can supply castings made of iron, steel, and numerous specialty alloys.