AviaTools, based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA, is now offering a range of depowdering systems designed to meet the needs of the metal Additive Manufacturing sector. Developed through close collaboration with aerospace clients, the depowdering machines are available in a number of sizes capable of processing parts up to 1 metric ton and 1.5 m tall.
AviaTools has been involved with commercial aviation Maintenance and Repair Operations (MROs) for almost two decades, fabricating tooling and fixtures for this demanding market. With the aerospace sector increasingly making use of Additive Manufacturing, the depowdering of complex parts is a likewise growing concern, as it is a key stage to ensuring quality. AviaTools sought to meet this challenge by developing a range of depowdering solutions.
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”As Additive Manufacturing is slowly replacing the conventional manufacturing methods of aerospace parts, we understood the process of depowdering had to become automated to provide robust and repeatable support to the manufacturing chain,” Nicole Travert, Sales & Marketing Director at AviaTools, told Metal AM magazine.
Shortly after the company launched its first manual multi-axis depowdering machine, the next generation saw the implementation of CNC programming in an effort to standardise the depowdering method. The introduction of automation is said to allow users develop depowdering programs to target AM parts with complex geometries, whilst enabling users to record an audit of the process.
The portfolio of depowdering machines consists of the DP400, DP500, DP600, DP1000 and DP1500. The company’s machines are reportedly already in use by AM producers Sintavia and Beehive 3D, amongst others.
“Several orders are being finalised and will be delivered within the next three weeks. The most convenient matter is being and building our depowdering stations here, in the USA,” concluded Travert.