“User Xperience Tour”: Understanding “analog processes” and digital thread in additive manufacturing

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While engineers need to unlearn the design guidelines from conventional manufacturing to properly apply DfAM methods, the learning guidelines are completely different for other manufacturing steps like post-processing.

Reality shows that when it comes to metal 3D printed parts produced via laser melting technology, the different steps of post-processing – a step that some experts called pre-post-processing – ultimately remain the same and include support removal, part removal, to name a few. However, what will make a drastic difference in the final 3D printed component obtained, is the way this stage will be performed. For machine manufacturer Solukon, the key to easily get the final desired 3D printed component is to perform this stage by applying a fully automated and repeatable cleaning process.

To help operators understand the ins-and-outs of such process, the manufacturer of automated powder removal machines will hold a virtual user experience tour on March 30th from 03.00 PM CET (German time) together with Toolcraft AG. The virtual event aims to mirror the analog steps of the process chain as well as the digital steps in this holistic process.

For those who may not know, Toolcraft AG is a Germany-based company that manufactures parts for customers across a wide range of industries. The company made an official entrance on the AM market with AMbitious, a consultancy firm that provides services to companies that would like to leverage metal laser melting technology efficiently. It acquired a powder removal system from Solukon two years ago, therefore it is uniquely positioned to shed light on the use of Solukon’s automated powder removal machines for production parts across the space, aerospace, medical and automotive industries.

Given the automated steps such as robot-controlled post-processing covered by Solukon’s powder removal machines, both companies will also discuss the importance of OPC-UA in post-processing.

If you have any questions regarding post-processing of metal 3D printed parts, feel free to join Andreas Hartmann (CEO, Solukon) and Benedikt Altmann (toolcraft / AMbitious) by registering here.

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