Credit: Solukon

Machine manufacturer Solukon has announced an improved version of the SFM-AT350/-E, its automated depowdering system unveiled last year at Formnext. As a reminder, this machine is an upgraded version of the SFM-AT350.

Since last year, the upgraded machine (named  SFM-AT350/-E) includes full compatibility with intelligent SPR-Pathfinder® depowdering software. It can also integrate enhanced functions of the Digital Factory Tool as well as piezoelectric excitation. Furthermore, the OEM now provides two excitation variants with these machines: the SFM-AT350 and its adjustable pneumatic vibration can be equipped with a knocker whereas the SFM-AT350-E can come with piezoelectric excitation, which cleans parts very gently by using very high, self-regulating ultrasonic vibration.

Today, thanks to its adapted arm design, the SFM-AT350/-E can now accommodate parts weighing up to 100 kg as well as plates of the flagship printers EOS M 400 and Nikon SLM® 500. This means that the chamber volume and the associated inert gas consumption remain the same.

With this upgrade, Solukon has also increased the compatibility of its system. “Many of our current and potential customers print their medium-sized parts on an M 400 from EOS or a Nikon SLM® 500. The upgraded SFM-AT350 is now compatible with both of these printers and therefore covers two more key additive manufacturing systems in this size range,” said CEO/CTO Andreas Hartmann from Solukon.

The new version of the SFM-AT350 offers customers with larger, highly complex components, such as in the aerospace or medical sectors, an ideal depowdering system at an optimum price-performance ratio. For parts with the dimensions mentioned above and weights higher than 100 kilograms, the next larger depowdering system, the SFM-AT800-S, is the ideal peripheral device, the company explains in a press communication.

The upgrade and the increased total permitted weight of parts now apply to both variants of the SFM-AT350. The upgraded SFM-AT350-E can be seen live at Rapid 2024 in Los Angeles at the Solukon Booth 2161. For the first time, Solukon will present the variant with ultrasonic excitation to the US market

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