Ornery and unbowed.

That described the mood of Renaissance Services’ A-Team after winning second place in the Additive Manufacturing Users Group Advanced Concepts competition at their Chicago confab March 10-14.

For the AMUG Technical Competition, the RSI team entered their 10-inch diameter Cooled Integrally Vaned Rotor (CIVR) with cast-in cooling holes. They designed and 3D-printed the innovative ceramic mold, cores, and related mold tooling for the rotor. The Bescast foundry in Willoughby, Ohio cast the part for the Windy City showdown.

Small turbine engines power many military drones, like this missile-armed MQ-9A Reaper. Credit: US Air Force

The Renaissance Services team’s CIVR won the second-place award in the Advanced Concepts competition at the AMUG Technical Competition. Rick Pressley and Don Deptowicz would have liked to take home first prize for Team RSI, but were happy with the interest the advanced machine casting caused.

Don Deptowicz, left, explained how the Renaissance Services team was able to produce such a quality rotor quickly.

Rick and Don had over 100 visitors to the RSI booth. These included OEMs, military people, and officers of various foundries. Don and Rick had to switch off and keep the booth running while talking care of the business needed to be handled at this large gathering of additive manufacturers.

Rick, below, made an AMUG presentation on Team RSI’s ceramic additive manufacturing approach. Here he was answering the question of an attendee before his instruction got underway.


Rick, Don, and Team RSI always want to win, but acknowledge the strong efforts of others. Renaissance Services notes the winners of the Advanced Concepts award at the AMUG Conference submitted a 3D-printed shoulder prosthesis. RSI congratulates the winners and hopes the device can make lives better for those who are in need of such aid after traumatic injuries or ailments deprive them of the use of an arm.

RSI’s advanced turbine blade castings will help many UAVs take flight!

What’s on the horizon for RSI’s A Team?

The RAPID + TCT Convention for additive manufacturers takes place June 25-27 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in downtown L.A. The Dodgers, who play in Chavez Ravine, overlooking the L.A. skyline a couple of miles north of the confab venue, will be on the road, but RSI managing partner Dan Sokol and RSI’s A-Team will hit town to show the colors at this very large additive manufacturing convention.

Olvera Street entrance. Olvera Street and Los Angeles started in 1781.

Credit: Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board

The Staples Center, now called the Crypto.com Arena, home of the NBA Lakers and Clippers, and the NHL Kings, is next door to the L.A. Convention Center. Also near to the L.A. Convention Center are Olvera Street and Pueblo de Los Angeles (where L.A. began as a Spanish farming town in the late 1700s), Union Station (for train runs down Southern California’s coast), the Fashion District, and the famous and foreboding Los Angeles County Courthouse.

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