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Lippert Components presents findings of 3D printing study

July 25, 2017
Chitralekha Beniwal at the 2017 IISE conference
Chitralekha Beniwal at the 2017 IISE conference

Elkhart, Ind. — Lippert Components, Inc. (LCI®) recently presented the findings of a study comparing traditional casting methods with that of 3D printing technologies at the 2017 Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering (IISE) conference. The study was conducted by LCI Business Systems Analyst, Chitralekha Beniwal, in collaboration with Paul C. Lynch of Pennsylvania State University and Joseph H. Wilck, IV of the College of William & Mary.

The conference publication, titled “Integration of Binder Jet Additive Manufacturing Technology into Metal Casting Industry,” was presented as a continuation of Beniwal’s Master’s research from Penn State University. The study focuses on the need and feasibility of integration of binder jetting additive manufacturing technology into traditional sand foundries, industry output, cost analysis and future scope.

“With future work on integrating this technology into foundries and making it more affordable, the binder jet additive manufacturing technology has the potential to revolutionize the whole metal casting industry,” states the study.

Aside from her Master’s work with Penn State, Chitralekha Beniwal is a part of LCI’s AX implementation team and is currently working to transition the entire company to the same Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system. With a supportive team behind her, including LCI’s ERP Project Manager Ben Shockey and LCI’s Vice President of Business Systems Seth Debriere, Beniwal was able to present her study findings at the 2017 IISE conference during one of the biggest and most crucial software transitions for the company.

“Chitralekha is such a valuable member of the Business Systems team. Her drive, dedication and commitment to LCI and the manufacturing industry have been an asset in so many ways, and we were more than happy to support her academic endeavors,” added Seth Debriere.

About LCI Industries ®

From over 90 manufacturing and distribution facilities located throughout North America and Europe, LCI Industries, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, LCI, supplies, domestically and internationally, a broad array of highly engineered components for the leading OEMs in the recreation and transportation product markets, consisting primarily of recreational vehicles and adjacent industries, including buses; trailers used to haul boats, livestock, equipment, and other cargo; trucks; boats; trains; manufactured homes; and modular housing. The Company also supplies engineered components to the related aftermarkets of these industries primarily by selling to retail dealers, wholesale distributors, and service centers. LCI's products include steel chassis and related components; axles and suspension solutions; slide-out mechanisms and solutions; thermoformed bath, kitchen, and other products; vinyl, aluminum, and frameless windows; manual, electric, and hydraulic stabilizer and leveling systems; entry, luggage, patio, and ramp doors; furniture and mattresses; electric and manual entry steps; awnings and awning accessories; towing products; truck accessories; electronic components; and other accessories. Additional information about LCI and its products can be found at

Lippert Components, Inc.
3501 County Road 6 East
Elkhart, IN 46514