The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland leverages AM Solutions’ 3D Printing Post-Processing Solution as part of a research project

Another M1 Basic solution has found a new home in the facilities of the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS). The post-processing solution developed and commercialized by AM Solutions, smooths and polishes single parts and small batches of both plastic and metal AM parts.

It is a compact machine that can easily be integrated into practically any manufacturing line. Multiple parts can be simultaneously treated in separate processing chambers through the installation of divider plates, and the system features — among other things — a comprehensive, easy to operate software package which allows the storage of post-treatment processing programs that reduce the risk of operator errors, the AM brand of Rösler states.

The machine has already proven its capabilities in various applications such as the production of 3D printed drone parts. This time, the post-processing solution will support a new research that focuses on metal 3D printing at NMIS.

It is fair to say that in many ways the aerospace sector is leading the way in the uptake of metal AM for production. Fundamentally, AM in aerospace applications can stimulate significant cost and lead-time reductions, the use of novel materials and unique design solutions, the mass reduction of components through extremely efficient and light-weight designs, and consolidation of multiple components for performance enhancement or risk management (namely through internal cooling features in thermally loaded components or by eliminating traditional joining processes). As we all know, however, metal AM machines exist in a process chain which includes post-processing, an area of urgent focus as manufacturers look for efficient, repeatable, automatic solutions that help to streamline the production of metal AM parts, and also reduce their unit cost. We are delighted that the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland has chosen the M1 Basic from AM Solutions as a key metal AM post-processing technology”, Scott Williams, Head of Sales at AM Solutions — 3D post processing technology UK says.

As a reminder, AM Solutions – 3D post processing technology provides a range of processes and machines that are all focused on elevating post-processing from a necessary evil to an enabling technology. The company exist to automate the post-processing of AM parts in order to overcome the sometimes, slow, costly, and disconnected AM process chain, and to ensure that AM is an efficient and viable production alternative to legacy manufacturing technologies.

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