AM Solutions – 3D post processing technology, the Additive Manufacturing brand of Rösler Oberflächentechnik GmbH, Untermerzbach, Germany, has launched a new technology and test centre at Rösler’s headquarters in Untermerzbach. The new centre is expected to aid the development of AM Solutions’ processes and products for the post-processing of AM parts.
The new centre, which has a total area of 400 m2, is outfitted with state-of-the-art engineering software and various Additive Manufacturing systems, with the main focus being on a well-equipped post-processing section, where AM Solutions can demonstrate a range of machinery for the post-processing of AM components.
Manuel Laux, Head of AM Solutions – 3D post processing technology, explained, “It is our declared goal to develop the best possible process solutions for our customers. To do this we must be able to fully understand every detail of the Additive Manufacturing process and must actually be in a position to demonstrate the various manufacturing stages. Only with such a hands-on approach will we be able take into account all the facets of Additive Manufacturing.”
The new centre is not only equipped with the latest engineering, AM and post-processing hardware and software, but incorporates air intake and venting systems to maintain exact temperature and humidity levels in the pressure area.
For engineering and topology optimisation it will utilise NX CAD software from Siemens. The 3D scanner Atos from GOM will allow quick and precise optimisation of engineering operations and, in addition, will be used for quality control.
The Additive Manufacturing areas at the centre are strictly separated by material categories. Metal AM is carried out on an EOS M 290 system from EOS GmbH, Krailling, Germany.
To allow test trials for the development of optimum, automated post-processing solutions and to select the most suitable equipment, AM Solutions – 3D post processing technology has installed its own post-processing equipment line in the form of the models S1, S2 and S3, and M1, M2 and M3. Moreover, the test centre is equipped with various post-processing systems from AM Solutions’ partners GPAINNOVA and PostProcess Technologies. These include a GPAINNOVA DLyte 100 and the DLyte 10.000. In addition, the DEMI, DECI, DECI Duo and Rador from PostProcess Technologies are available for test trials.
The new technology centre is expected to offer value as a partner for the efficient specification and development, as well as optimisation, of customer-specific processes and products for AM post-processing. This includes unpacking, removal of support structures, stripping of loose as well as sintered-on powder from workpieces, but also general cleaning, surface smoothing, edge radiusing and polishing.