With a three-step soluble mold solution that enables manufacturers to create complex injection mold tooling in a couple of hours, additive manufacturing company Addifab keeps strengthening the capabilities of its technology with new technology solutions. As a reminder, the ‘Print-Inject-Dissolve’ process enables the creation of high precision prototypes from a wide range of feedstocks, such as composites, thermoplastics, silicones, ceramics and metals.
As part of a partnership with expert in fume extraction and filtration BOFA, users of Addifab’s Freeform Injection Molding (FIM) process could benefit from a portable fume filtration technology.
The announcement follows the recent development of a 3D printed injection mold tooling platform that could enhance the production of moulds and the recent release of BOFA’s atmosphere management and filtration technology for metal additive manufacturing.
In this specific case, BOFA will be supplying Addifab with its portable 3D PrintPRO 4 technology for their desktop demolding station to filter emissions during the dissolve phase. An alkaline-water solution reacts with unique dissolvable resins to release the injection molded part from the 3D printed tool.
Haydn Knight, Sales & Marketing Director at BOFA notes a “strong demand for filtration in additive manufacturing markets”; they “are excited to be part of Addifab’s transformation of injection molding, which is creating huge value for their customers.”
The BOFA system incorporates advanced multi-stage gas filtration, including a deep carbon bed and large HEPA filter to return clean air into the workplace and help keep the chamber free from airborne residue. The portability of the 3D PrintPRO 4 provides an agile system both for Addifab and their growing global customer base, a press release reads.
“This collaboration allows us to offer our Freeform Injection Molding process in a compact and portable package while keeping user safety as our highest priority. I am excited to see profound shifts in prototyping and small-scale productions that this package will bring”, Thore Langholz, Product Development Team Lead at Addifab concludes.
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