AM Solutions’ C1 machine arrives at customer experience center

The center in Knowsley, UK, houses an array of different post-processing solutions

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AMSolutions – 3D post-processing technology UK has taken delivery of its C1 system, which will reside in the company’s customer experience center in Knowsley, UK. The C1 now sits alongside an array of AM post-processing solutions in Knowsley, and customers are invited to come and see the company demonstrate and discuss which technology is best suited to their specific applications.

“Our customer experience center plays to the fact that we are aware that companies in the AM sector more often than not need to assess the support technologies required when using AM as a production technology. It is unlikely that simply buying a post-processing technology off the shelf will produce optimal results, so we invite customers to come along, see what technology options we have for the finishing of both plastic and metal AM parts, and to discuss with our experienced team what solutions are best suited to particular products. The center is equipped with our range of AM post-processing solutions now including the C1 system, and we can offer advice to ensure the perfect treatment of your workpieces, and we carry out sample processing individually tailored to your specific requirements. This allows us to ultimately design the ideal process for you, which is a combination of the right machine system, the use of the right consumables, and the exact processing time needed for optimal outcomes,” said Colin Spellacy, Head of Sales at AM Solutions.

AM Solutions' C1 machine arrives at customer experience center in Knowsley, UK, which houses an array of different post-processing solutions.
AM Solutions’ C1 machine

AM Solutions – 3D post-processing technology provides a range of automated post-processing technologies developed to overcome the sometimes, slow, costly, and disconnected AM process chain, and to ensure that AM is an efficient and viable production alternative to legacy manufacturing technologies. The company promotes innovative, customer-focused process development for AM operations, and collaborates with customers to ensure the optimal post-processing solution for each application.

The C1 system is a well-suited tool for the automated and cost-efficient post-processing of photopolymer components. It is equally as effective when processing precision functional components, design objects with extremely fine structures, and complex prototypes.

Photopolymer-based AM processes are typically used when a higher level of detail or especially smooth surface finish is required, for intricate parts and components, and mechanical attributes such as isotropy and water tightness. Support structures/resin are required to securely fix a part to the print bed and to prevent in-build warping. Supports can leave marks when removed, however, which means that specialist post-processing technologies are required.

“In the C1 system, the perfectly adapted compound and the interplay between mechanical and thermal effects results in a highly consistent, effective, and gentle removal of support structures/resin. The standard processing recipes, already stored in the PLC controller, can be individually modified and saved. In addition, our C1 machine contains various features to guarantee the optimal use of the compound and to minimize the operating costs. These include a fill level control system and an integrated saturation (contamination) sensor. Key process parameters such as temperature, cycle times, and the degree of contamination of the compound are continuously recorded and saved with a data logger. This ensures full compliance with industry demands regarding quality control and consistency of the processing results. With the C1 system now in place in our customer experience center we have a portfolio of post-processing technologies suitable for the full range of plastic and metal AM processes, continued Colin Spellacy.

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