Industry-leading manufacturer reduces printer turnover time by 8 hours
In 2020, a leading engineering company invested in a 15,000-square-foot facility to advance product development and tooling using 3D printing technology. It brings together OEM additive technologies to understand what to industrialize and hosts a range of 3D printers for creating polymer and metal solutions.
The company encountered challenges with the original powder handling solutions for the 3D printers. Powder recovery required a lot of manual effort from the operators. It could take a full day to recover the used metal powder, requalify it, and then refill the printer. This also meant downtime for the 3D printers as, while the powder was being processed, the printer was unable to start the next build.
The other issue was safety. Metal powders are hazardous to health and have a risk of explosion, so operators have to wear advanced PPE. As a result, the company wanted to minimize the time that operators spent handling metal powder.
With the AMPro® Sieve Station in place, the recovery process has been accelerated. Previously it took a whole shift for the operators to refill the 3D printer, now this can be done in less than one hour. This has increased productivity as the company now saves between four and eight hours on every additive build.
Automation has drastically reduced manual input to the powder reclaim process. Operators now only need to be involved in the first step of the process when evacuating powder from the build chamber.
This has improved the safety of operators as less time is spent handling the metal powder and less time wearing advanced PPE. The AMPro® Sieve Station manages the whole process and has allowed the company to both increase efficiency and maximize safety.
About Russell Finex
Founded in 1934, Russell Finex is a specialist global supplier of sieving and filtration equipment. With its head office in the U.K. and subsidiaries in Belgium, the U.S.A., India, and China the company supplies to over 140 countries.
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“We were looking for a partner to provide a solution and ongoing support to our AM facility. However, it was very difficult to find companies that had capabilities in both material conveyance and also understanding
of the risks and hazards associated with additive manufacturing. And those are some of the strengths Russell Finex brought to us.”