#POSTPROCESSING

Gardner Business Media Organizes Manufacturing Cleaning Association

Group to address growing industry demand for stricter parts cleaning standards.

Makino, Additive Industries Partner to Develop Hybrid Process Chains

Collaboration to focus on creation of integrated, cohesive process for additive manufacturing and postprocessing of metal parts.

Production

3D Automatic Unpacking System Enables Continuous Workflow

HP and AM Solutions collaborate on the HP Jet Fusion 5200 Series 3D Automatic Unpacking Station, which offers consistent, repeatable unpacking and a high powder reclaim rate.

AM Solutions Updates S1 Postprocessing for Depowdering

System ensures postprocessing tasks are handled more efficiently, safer and more consistently.

PostProcess’ Demi 4000 Optimizes Automated SLA Resin Removal

Demi 4000 utilizes PostProcess’ submersible technology for consistent, hands-free resin removal on large part sizes or large builds with many smaller sized stereolithography parts.

Design

2020 Formnext Start-Up Challenge Winners Announced

Young additive manufacturing companies impress with automated designs, new materials and optimized postprocessing.

Nexa3D’s xCure Provides Optimal Curing of Photoplastics

Intelligent postprocessing system is designed to enable consistent part performance at production scale.

Automated Postprocessing Speeds Resin-Based Additive Manufacturing Workflows

Two manufacturers utilizing resin 3D printing techniques have found time and cost savings via automated resin removal and part cleaning equipment.

Medical & Dental

PVD Coatings Solve Common 3D-Printed Mold and Part Problems

The right surface modification solution can alleviate a few common additive manufacturing pain points that typically require creating new molds or parts.

Rena Acquires Hirtenberger Engineered Surfaces

Acquisition will be integrated into Rena Technologies Austria (Rena AT) for the additive manufacturing market.

Production

A New Partnership Offers Large-Scale 3D Printing and Five-Axis Machining

The side-by-side product offering from Cincinnati Inc. and Multiax America aims to provide high-throughput AM production for large parts under one roof.

Choosing the Best Abrasive Finishing Process for 3D Printed Parts

Studies have shown that abrasive finishing is flexible enough to finish 3D printed parts with complex geometries and difficult-to-machine materials, although the best process depends on a number of factors.

Clemco Blast Cabinet Line Reduces Build Lines

RAPID 2020: Clemco Industries’ Pulsar 3D suction blast cabinet, part of Clemco’s Zero brand line, reduces build lines and removes excess powders from additive-manufactured prototypes and production parts.

Hirtenberger H600 Simultaneously Finishes Parts with Two Different Materials

RAPID 2020: Hirtenberger’s compact finishing module H6000 is built for the postprocessing of 3D printed metal parts.

Tooling

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.

Production

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.

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