3D printing company Ultimaker has added a professional PVA Removal Station to its Ultimaker Platform. The PVA Removal Station would help users develop prototypes faster, and speed up the overall product development process.
The company explains in a press release that 3D printers that use PVA, or PolyVinyl Alcohol, as a support material require post-processing to remove it. This is generally achieved by dissolving the PVA for a long period of time in water. Depending on the size, complexity of the design and density of the support structure, this process can take more than a day to complete. Ultimaker’s PVA Removal Station reduces this time by up to 75%. It also reduces the operating time, as operators no longer have to remove PVA manually or need to check the dissolving process.
As far as its utilization is concerned, the PVA Removal Station should be filled with 13,5 liters of water to dissolve PVA. Its circulation direction will change automatically and the speed can be adjusted as needed. The machine comes with a basket and divider to fix prints and to keep them submerged. The saturation indicator shows if water needs changing, and the transparent container allows for a quick view on the dissolving process.
“Ultimaker is always looking for ways to remove barriers to 3D printing. To make things easier, remove complexity, give users the reassurance of a successful print. We know that organizations are challenged to bring more complex products to market faster. Our new professional PVA Removal Station is the missing link in our end-to-end solution platform, helping designers, engineers, architects, and educators to drive in-house innovation. Our entire 3D printing platform, now including the PVA Removal Station, will allow them to speed up the prototyping and product development processes, enabling safe, quick, and effective PVA removal from even the most complex designs and geometries. It allows teams to visualise quicker approval processes so organizations can run smoother and be smarter,” said Jürgen von Hollen, CEO at Ultimaker notes.
The PVA Removal Station is universal in use and will be available in the first half of next year.
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