Post-Processing

Solukon expands compatibility of SFP770 post-processing system

The system can now also integrate build boxes from P 1 and P 5 EOS printers

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Solukon’s SFP770 system for polymer parts can now accommodate build boxes from other leading printers – enabling Solukon to tap new markets in the area of polymer post-processing. Furthermore, the SFP770’s unique unpacking device has been successfully patented.

Solukon introduced the SFP770 in the fall of 2020 – presenting it as a post-processing system for plastic parts manufactured by P 7 series EOS printers. An automotive industry customer then approached Solukon with a request to both unpack and clean polymer components automatically, without the user coming into contact with the plastic powder – after which Andreas Hartmann, CEO and CTO of Solukon, developed the SFP770.

The SFP770 is the only system to include both an automated unpacking station and a cleaning station for SLS components. The station is compatible with EOS P 7 series systems and encompasses the 3D printer’s entire build box. Thanks to new adapters, the SFP770 can now also integrate build boxes from P 1 and P 5 EOS printers. The system’s process includes loading, unpacking, transferring, and cleaning.

Solukon expands compatibility of SFP770 post-processing system to also integrate build boxes from P 1 and P 5 EOS printers.

“We’ve received several requests for a post-processing system, especially for the EOS P 500. Since the EOS P 500 is a standard plastic printer, our SFP770 post-processing system paired with the correct adapter is now available to a much larger user base,” said Andreas Hartmann.

The automation of both the unpacking process and the transfer to the cleaning process means that the operator has almost no contact with the powder.

“Because so many process parameters can be programmed, the SFP770 achieves the best cleaning results, independent of build material and without manual intermediate steps. Our system offers another advantage: parts of varying shapes and sizes can be cleaned simultaneously, which increases the flexibility and productivity of AM production,” said Andreas Hartmann.

In addition to the cleaning process, Solukon’s SFP770 also optimizes the preparation of the blast material – glass beads, for example. While standard systems typically separate glass beads from plastic powder using air separators or cyclones, Solukon uses ultrasonic sieves – resulting in clean glass beads, and almost no losses.

The SFP770’s unpacking device is now protected by the European Patent EP 3 789 184 B1 – underscoring the novelty of this operating principle and protecting the system’s innovation.

“We expect plastics manufacturing to trend strongly towards a focus on post-processing, because it constitutes the decisive step in determining if something is truly manufactured in series or not. You can optimize a manufacturing process for serial production as much as you want, but if the subsequent post-processing fails to meet the same high standards, you will not have true serial production. At Solukon, we, therefore, expect to see an increased demand for automated unpacking and cleaning stations.
Thus, we are also ready to automate the loading and unloading steps. Discussions with international manufacturers and system suppliers are already in full swing. We are proud to be able to participate in the future of additive manufacturing in this area,” said Andreas Hartmann.

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