Addifab, Taastrup, Denmark, has signed a contract with BOFA International, Ltd, headquartered in Poole, Dorset, UK, for portable fume filtration technology to supports its Freeform Injection Moulding (FIM) process. This three-step soluble mould solution is said to enable manufacturers to create complex injection mould tooling in a matter of hours, compared to the weeks or months needed for conventional methods.
The company uses what it refers to as a ‘Print-Inject-Dissolve’ process to create high-precision prototypes from a range of feedstocks (including metals, ceramics, silicones, thermoplastics and composites) with the intent of allowing developers to move quicker from concept to commercialisation. BOFA will be supplying Addifab with its portable 3D PrintPRO 4 technology for its desktop demoulding station to filter emissions during the ‘dissolve’ phase. An alkaline-water solution will react with dissolvable resins to release the injection moulded part from the additively manufactured tool.
The BOFA system incorporates advanced multi-stage gas filtration, including a deep carbon bed and large HEPA filter to return clean air into the workplace and help keep the chamber free from airborne residue. The portability of the 3D PrintPRO 4 is said to be well suited to Addifab and its growing global customer base.
“We are delighted to be partnering with Abbifab and providing our technology to support the company’s unique Freeform Injection Moulding process,” stated Haydn Knight, Sales & Marketing Director at BOFA. “As a global business with innovation at our core, we are seeing strong demand for filtration in additive manufacturing markets and are excited to be part of Addifab’s transformation of injection moulding, which is creating huge value for their customers.”
Thore Langholz, Product Development Team Lead at Addifab, added, “At Addifab, we are proud to be partnering with one of the leading innovators in the fume extraction field. This collaboration allows us to offer our Freeform Injection Moulding process in a compact and portable package while keeping user safety as our highest priority. I am excited to see profound shifts in productyping and small-scale productions that this package will bring.”