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.
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Extrude Hone offers a proprietary approach for support structure removal on metal 3D-printed parts. The method uses thermal energy method (TEM), a longstanding technology commonly used for deburring operations, adapted for additive manufactured parts.

The process performed with Extrude Hone’s TEM T-series equipment uses controlled ignition in a contained environment and is said to deliver enough energy to detach the supports and blow them away. Such energy is delivered in milliseconds and allows the heat to dissipate from the support structures into the part itself, maintaining the part’s original structural properties, the company says.