Centorr Vacuum Industries, headquartered in Nashua, New Hampshire, USA, has shipped its new Sintervac AM furnace for the debinding and sintering of additively manufactured parts to a leading company in the Additive Manufacturing market. The company is an established supplier of furnaces to the global Metal Injection Moulding industry.
The new furnace, which the company states is designed around its 2 ft3 furnace design, is rated for operation to 1600°C. Centorr’s graphite furnace design reportedly includes graphite tube and block elements created for long service life, with a four-sided hot zone and integral graphite retort for temperature uniformity.
According to Centorr, the retort also compartmentalises the residual offgassing from binder-jet materials used during part production, allowing them to be caught in the dual trapping system. The graphite insulation design provides long-term service even in the presence of process off-gassing and residual binder contamination.
The company explains that the Sweepgas® debinding system allows for effective ‘sweeping’ away of the process contaminants, and furnace control is operated via the PLC/Programmable Controllers with Centorr’s custom-designed HMI visualisation interface. The Sintervac AM design is available in sizes of 2, 4.5, 9, 12, and 16 ft3 volumes.