COLUMBIANA, Ohio — At first glance, the production floor at Humtown Products doesn’t appear much different than any other shop that makes patterns and molds.
There are CNC machines milling patterns that will be used to form casting molds. There are presses creating large compressed sand cores. There are tradesmen putting the finishing touch on various pieces. There are lathes and there are shelves stacked 15 feet high with thousands of different forms in stock.
Today, this small company represents the transitional face of American manufacturing. It is leveraging the know-how and experience of accepted methods of craftsmanship while embracing the power and efficiency of advanced means of production through additive manufacturing.
“We’re redefining the company,” says Mark Lamoncha, Humtown president and CEO. “We started as a pattern shop, using wood, plastics and metal. Now, it’s faster to get from proof-of-concept to production. If you can dream it, you can build it.”
Lamoncha is referring to his company’s recent integration of 3-D printing into its operations….
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