Plymouth Foundry Streamlines Impeller Manufacturing with Precision 3D Printing
Summary: Plymouth Foundry, an ISO 9001:2015-certified iron casting and machining provider with nearly 80 years of experience, recently tackled the complex task of creating a custom impeller for a global company specializing in Industrial Pumps for cargo ships. Faced with intricate vane configurations and rigorous certification requirements, the customer turned to Plymouth Foundry for a solution that was both cost-effective and reliable. By leveraging 3D printed sand-cores, Plymouth Foundry expedited the manufacturing process, eliminated the need for 8 conventional ISO-Cure cores, and delivered a high-quality product on time and within budget.
Industry: Industrial Manufacturing
Category: Custom Impeller for Industrial Pumps
Processes: 3D Printed Sand-Cores, 65-45-12 Ductile Iron Casting
Our customer, a global company supplying Industrial Pumps used for unloading cargo ships, had a dilemma on their hands. The unique design of the impeller they required featured complex vane configurations that were difficult to manufacture. Furthermore, the company sought a manufacturing partner that was not only ISO 9001:2015 certified but also PPAP Certified. This led them to Plymouth Foundry, who was up to the task without the need for special accommodations.
Recognizing the intricate nature of the impeller design, Plymouth Foundry knew that innovation was the key to overcoming these challenges. We opted for 3D printed sand-cores, a groundbreaking decision that eliminated the labor-intensive assembly of conventional ISO-Cure cores. Just two 3D printed cores replaced the need for 8 traditional cores, saving not only time but also the cost of materials. Using 65-45-12 Ductile Iron, we moved ahead to craft the impeller with unparalleled precision.
The innovation paid off splendidly. Not only did Plymouth Foundry meet the stringent requirements of both ISO 9001:2015 and PPAP certification, but the project was also completed on time and within budget. Our use of 3D printed cores sped up the manufacturing process, allowing us to bypass time-consuming assembly and grinding steps, while maintaining the highest quality standards.
Our customer was satisfied with the outcome— a high-quality impeller crafted with precision and care, all made possible by Plymouth Foundry’s commitment to innovation and excellence.