Klaus Stöcker, Wermelskirchen, Germany, has purchased a further M1 surface smoothing machine from AM Solutions – 3D post processing technology, headquartered in Untermerzbach, Germany, a brand of the Rösler Group, adding to the M1 and S1 depowdering machines already owned.
Since 2016, Klaus Stöcker has offered additively manufactured parts – both metal and polymers – and currently has a stable of sixteen AM machines. The company uses Laser Beam Powder Bed Fusion (PBF-LB) and Material Extrusion (MEX) Additive Manufacturing process to make metal components from aluminum alloys, different types of stainless steel and various tool steels.
The metal working company began using its own tooling to manually post-process the additively manufactured parts, but growing demands lead it to look for automated solutions.
“In the end. it was the excellent expert advice and comprehensive experience in surface treatment that made us decide to purchase our post-processing equipment from AM Solutions – 3D post processing technology,” stated Arnd Meller, manager of AM, Klaus Stöcker. “In addition, I was really impressed by the manufacturing depth of AM Solutions/Rösler at their site in Untermerzbach“.
The M1 Basic is a compact finishing machine with integrated process controls that allows the surface grinding, smoothing and polishing of additively manufactured plastic and metal components. Equipped with an integrated process water cleaning and recycling system and a 230 Volt connection, the M1 Basic can be integrated as stand-alone unit. It allows the finishing of entire work piece batches or single components with dimensions of up 550 x 150 x 130 mm and of different shapes. Component specific programs can be stored in the equipment controls. The standard processing bowl can be divided into two separate chambers, enabling the simultaneous finishing of different work pieces with different finishing processes.
According to Klaus Stöcker, the M1 Basic proved so successful in its AM department for the post-processing of polymers that the decision was made to purchase this second machine for the surface finishing of metal components.