At this year’s Formnext exhibition AM Solutions, the Rösler group’s brand for all activities around additive manufacturing presents itself as competent partner for resolving any issues regarding design/engineering, the actual printing process and post processing, including surface refinement, of components made by additive manufacturing. Numerous innovations for automated post processing will be presented “live” at the AM Solutions exhibition booth (Hall 11.0, booth C21).
More and more companies and industrial sectors are relying on additive manufacturing for their volume production. Along with this development the requirements for all kinds of high-quality surface finishes are becoming more complex and challenging. At the same time strict industry-specific demands for process safety and transparency as well as absolutely repeatable results regarding the post processing of 3D printed components must be fulfilled.
Automated solutions for all stages of post processing
These demands can only be met by fully automatic solutions. Together with its partners, AM Solutions – 3D post processing - an AM Solutions division -specializes in the supply of suitable post processing equipment for 3D printed components and offers a broad range of products, which will be shown at the Formnext exhibition. The equipment range fulfills all post processing needs for 3D printed components and not only includes unpacking, removal of support structures, removal of loose & sintered residual powder, but also surface cleaning, edge radiusing, surface smoothing, high gloss polishing and, even, the application of color dyes. These proven solutions offer fully automatic, highly efficient post processing with consistent and repeatable results. Of course, the machines can be easily integrated into interconnected manufacturing systems.
Presentation of a broad product portfolio
Among other machines the S2 system from AM Solutions is shown, which was specifically developed for post processing of plastic components made with powder bed based printing methods. Fully automatic processing, including automatic work piece loading/unloading, and short cycle times allow the powder removal, cleaning and/or surface texturing of the output of multiple printers with one single machine. The S2 distinguishes itself through continuous recycling and cleaning of the blast media and permits the reclamation of re-usable powder.
The S3 system, also shown at Formnext, combines a high productivity with the flexibility of robotic handling. This fully automatic wet blasting machine with closely controlled process parameters is ideal for the removal of support structures and residual powder as well as surface texturing of large, complex components made from metal and plastic.
Another exhibition highlight is the M3 system from AM Solutions. It allows gentle and, at the same time, intensive surface finishing that also includes the treatment of complex, difficult to reach internal passages. The machine is designed for handling one single work piece measuring up to 650 mm or several smaller components.
Furthermore, with the S1 Basic and the M1 Basic systems AM Solutions presents competitively priced entry-level machines, which, due to their compact design and easy operation, can be quickly integrated into practically any production line. The S1 Basic is suitable for powder removal and surface cleaning. The machine can handle different blast media and allows the addition of various accessories. For example, the cabinet can be equipped with a rotary table or a rotary basket. The M1 Basic is ideal for surface smoothing and polishing of 3D printed components made from metal or plastic. This machine also features an integrated process water recycling system with suitable process controls.
3D print services - from the initial product design to post processing
Also at Formnext AM Solutions - 3D printing services presents a broad consultation and service package for the development, respectively, the optimization of 3D printed components. Equipped with state-of-the-art tools and comprehensive know-how, the experts from this division of AM Solutions make sure that the design possibilities of 3D printing are fully exploited for any task, irrespective of whether this includes a completely new design, a re-design of existing components for additive manufacturing, a design validation or the optimization of a component topology. In-house printing takes place with the latest printing technologies. And if the printed components require machining, this can also be done in-house with referring modern machines and qualified operators. For post processing of 3D printed components AM Solutions - 3D printing services can offer the complete equipment range from AM Solutions 3D post processing. The close cooperation between the two divisions guarantees that all customer demands regarding the required surface finish can already be taken into consideration during the design/engineering phase for an AM component.