Postprocessing of 3D-Printed Parts

Formnext 2019 Emphasizes Complete Additive Manufacturing Process Chain — Well Beyond 3D Printing

The biggest AM event gets bigger. The sophistication of attendees advances. Materials, digital tools and postprocessing are prominent. Here are 10 impressions of this year’s show.

GF Machining Solutions Thinks Additive and Beyond

At the GF Machining Solutions 2019 Solution Days event, the company showcased two technologies that make clear its intention to move additive manufacturing into production.

How to Choose a Debinding Fluid for Metal 3D Printing

Binder jetting and feedstock extrusion depend on binders that are ultimately sacrificial. MicroCare offers factors to consider in selecting a debinding fluid for these metal additive manufacturing processes.

Combining Additive and Subtractive Processes for Hybrid Manufacturing

At this point, we are still learning how to combine the two to optimize hybrid manufacturing.

PostProcess Launches Forti Support Removal Solution

PostProcess has expanded its post-3D printing offering with its Forti support removal solution. The technology is said to give operators the ability to control key process parameters and optimize cycles for consistent end parts.

Authentise Announces App for Additive Manufacturing Operators

Authentise's mobile web workflow tool and application, developed to aid additive manufacturing (AM) operators, extends the digital thread into postprocessing.

Blue Photon Offers Workholding Solution for 3D-Printed Parts

Rapid 2019: Blue Photon's photo-activated adhesive supports postprocessing of 3D-printed parts in diverse materials.

Extrude Hone Thermal Energy Method Removes Metal AM Supports

Rapid 2019: Extrude Hone showcases a proprietary approach that uses thermal energy method (TEM) to address metal support structure removal.

Inert's Postprocessing Enclosure Limits Contamination

Rapid 2019: Inert’s PowderShield enclosure can safely postprocess metal 3D prints and maintain a strict argon gas atmosphere of less than 1 ppm O2 and H2O during the de-powdering process.

Grinding Improves Surface Finish in 3D Printed Inconel, Study Shows

3D printed metal parts typically feature little stock remaining for finishing. Grinding is potentially an effective solution for meeting final tolerances. An abrasive technology provider investigates grinding as a complement to AM.

Inert Gas in Metal 3D Printing, Materials and Postprocessing

High-end metal additive manufacturing relies on the perfect gas composition to create products that meet the required material properties. But gas such as argon is also key to metal powder production, storage and postprocessing.

PADT Joins ASU's Postprocessing Advancement Project

$800,000 in matching funds have been awarded to ASU, PADT and other partners for the advancement of 3D printing postprocessing techniques.