3D Systems and GF Machining Solutions Integrating Additive and Subtractive Manufacturing

September 19, 2018

3D Systems and GF Machining Solutions have combined forces to launch the DMP Factory 500, a scalable system designed to build metal parts to 500 by 500 by 500 mmThe customizable solution comprises five function-specific modules:

·         Printer Module (PTM): designed to withstand the rigors of 24/7 production cycles enabling maximum printer uptime and output.

·         Removable Print Module (RPM): sealed module for powder and part transport between printer, powder, and transport modules featuring a vacuum chamber to ensure the lowest O2 content and enabling high-quality 3D-printed metal parts. Powder waste is eliminated, as the vacuum chamber guarantees consistent high material quality, sufficient to be reused to depletion.

·         Powder Management Module (PMM): efficiently de-powders parts on build platforms, automatically recycles unused powder materials, and prepares the RPM for the next build.

·         Transport Module (TRM): enables efficient movement of the RPMs between printer and powder modules, reducing production time.

·         Parking Module (PAM): provides interim storage of RPMs in an inert environment until ready for further progression in the workflow (stores a fully prepared RPM for its next print job while the PTM finishes the previous print job).

The additive-manufacturing platform integrates with GF Machining Solutions’ System 3R referencing and clamping system. Zero-point clamping enables optimal positioning of the build plate, facilitating a quick transition from the 3D printer to post-processing steps. This integrated feature reduces setup times and provides enhanced flexibility by quickly transitioning the build plate from the additive process and sending it downstream for post-processing, saving significant time and money.





Industry-Related Terms: 3D printer , 3D printing , Additive manufacturing, Build plate, Electron beam melting (EBM) , Post-processing, Z-height
View Glossary of 3D Metal Printing Terms


See also: 3D Systems, GF Machining Solutions

Technologies: Powder-Bed Systems


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