Phillips Federal, Bel Air Finishing Combine Efforts for Army Facility
Unique post processing technologies support additive manufacturing programs at Army’s Rock Island Center of Excellence.
Phillips Federal, a division of Phillips Corporation, has added the post processing technologies of Bel Air Finishing to support its Public Private Partnership and additive manufacturing programs at Rock Island Arsenal-Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center.
Bel Air and Philips have combined to install a completely operational cell for post processing of all types of metal and plastic additive manufactured components. The operational system will be used as a training facility for U.S. Army and Private DoD contractors involved in 3D printing at any facility in the world.
The Bel Air team is combining with Phillips to teach the various technologies of post processing, which can be often overlooked in the AM process. The training facility will make all the printing efforts more efficient along with more effective products by bringing the level of printed surfaces to meet or exceed traditional subtractive surfaces.
The cell includes automated build removal, surface grinding, polishing, cleaning and its own closed-loop water feed system. Bel Air personnel will bring its more than 50 years of experience to combine with Phillips as part of numerous scheduled training workshop presentations.