Post-Processing

AM Solutions installs S1 solution at customer experience center in Knowsley, UK

The plug-and-play solution can perform cleaning and surface finishing all in one self-contained unit

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AM Solutions, a company specializing in post-processing technologies for AM, has just installed its S1 2-in-1 solution for the cleaning and surface finishing of 3D printed parts in its customer experience center in Knowsley, UK. The S1 is a smart solution for parts made from powder bed fusion (PBF) technologies. The smart plug-and-play solution can perform cleaning and surface finishing all in one self-contained unit with the same media, in a manual or automatic process. It is also suitable for surface finishing or de-powdered metal components made from non-reactive metals, and is equipped with a blast media conditioning system for optimal and consistent quality of the blasting media, and a newly developed air management system.

“As a company operating in the dynamic area of AM post-processing, we are focusing increasingly on volume production. The S1, which we have just installed in our customer experience center, is one of our 2-in-1 solutions, running two post-processing steps in one single machine. This, combined with a higher degree of automation, streamlines the entire process chain and substantially reduces the costs per piece. Such an approach allows us to perfectly fulfill the requirements of customers who are looking for high volume production with 3D printing technologies,” said Colin Spellacy, Head of Sales at AM Solutions UK.

AM Solutions installs S1 cleaning and surface finishing solution at customer experience center in Knowsley, UK.
AM Solutions’ S1 post processing system.

Using the S1 system, customers can save not only money by not having to invest in additional equipment but also save manufacturing space. Above all, the processing time for 3D printed parts can be reduced by over 60%. The automated S1 technology drastically reduces the need for the manual post-processing of often delicate, large, and geometrically complex components – a necessity for companies using AM for volume manufacturing applications.

“We invite anyone interested in our post-processing capabilities to visit our customer experience center in Knowsley. In the center, we can realistically reproduce and test every likely requirement customers may have when post-processing AM parts and components. We can ultimately provide you with details of the perfect process solution for your specific applications. We have several printing technologies and post-processing solutions in addition to the S1 in the center, allowing us to demonstrate the solution that best meets your specific requirements,” said Spellacy.

The S1 solution boasts an improved basket design for optimal distribution and tumbling of parts, and uses a specially developed wear protection lining made of non-staining anti-static polyurethane. It is also ATEX-certified, and has a media conditioning system for maintaining consistent blast media quality and sizing. The system also uses industry-leading process monitoring and visualization technologies, is Industry 4.0 ready, and has been developed in collaboration with industry-leading 3D printing experts.

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