SLM Solutions has partnered with Solukon to use the latter’s depowdering systems in the post processing of 3D printed parts.
SLM Solutions will utilize Solukon’s SFM-AT800-S machine at its application center in Lübeck, Germany. According to SLM, Solukon’s depowdering system can remove of metal powder for large applications of up to 600 mm height.
Due to complex geometric shapes and internal cooling channels or internal structures in additive manufacturing (AM) parts, depowdering can become complicated and time-consuming, and risk explosion, occupational health, labor costs, powder recovery, cleaning quality and process repeatability.
Solukon’s system removes loose powder from metal laser melted parts within a sealed process chamber, using adjustable vibration and automated two-axis part rotation while recovering superfluous powder. Through programmable rotation of the build plate in two axes, unfused metal build material can be completely removed from complex channels and geometries, according to the companies.
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