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New Depowdering Station Reduces Manual Work, Improves Safety

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

From Formnext 2020…Trumpf has introduced a new depowdering station for its laser powder-bed fusion metal-AM process that combines two process steps in one system: the unpacking of 3D-printed metal components and powder removal.

What an operator used to perform manually with the help of suction nozzles and brushes now can be done much more easily and partially automatically with the new powder-removal station―especially true for complex components, note Trumpf officials. The system turns the printed component upside down and, if necessary, begins to vibrate until the component is almost completely freed from the residual powder. This powder-removal process reportedly results in a significantly higher degree of component cleaning as compared to manual operations. Another stated advantage: The machine operator is protected from hazardous dust, as the component remains in the inert chamber, flooded with protective gas until it has been freed from the residual powder.


See also: TRUMPF Inc.

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