Solukon to debut new depowdering system at Formnext 2021

November 10, 2021

The SFM-AT350 is suitable for medium-sized components up to 60 kg (including the build platform) and a maximum height of 420 mm (Courtesy Solukon)

Solukon Maschinenbau GmbH, Augsburg, Germany, will present its new depowdering machine, the SFM-AT350, at Formnext 2021. This machine utilises the company’s Smart Powder Recuperation Technology SPR® and is suitable for medium-sized components up to 60 kg (including the build platform) and a maximum height of 420 mm.

The SFM-AT350 features increased freedom of motion via a turntable designed with endless rotation, while the horizontal axis swivels 250°; this enables complex rotation patterns to be programmed more easily. Using this ability, components – now able to be mounted on the building plate via a clamping system – are depowdered by automated swivelling around two axes and targeted vibration. The interface for the powder outlet is said to be compatible with standard containers.

In addition, the Digital Factory Tool, a sensor and interface kit available for some months on large-format machines, will also be available as an option for the SFM-AT350. This allows the machines to be integrated into the overall digital AM process. The new integrated software allows to teach paths according to part geometry, waiting times, knocking procedures, variable moving speed and more. The SFM-AT350 features a new user interface, and allows processing parameters to be monitored in real time via smartphone.

The SFM-AT350 allows processing parameters to be monitored in real time via smartphone (Courtesy Solukon)

The machine is also much more compact in design than its predecessors, which, is expected to be a benefit in the use of reactive materials like aluminium or titanium. Andreas Hartmann, CEO and CTO, explained, “The SFM-AT350 can now be inerted much faster and more cost effectively.”

“The SFM-AT350 is the new standard for the depowdering of medium-sized component,” added Hartmann. “All features of the system are state of the art. Medium-sized components can now be automatically freed from powder even faster and easier. The fact that complex rotation patterns can be programmed effortlessly is a great advantage for depowdering even the most challenging geometries. We are proud having responded so quickly to the increased depowdering demands for mid-range components.”

The SFM-AT350 is anticipated to be on the market from the second quarter of 2022. For those wishing to preview the machine before Formnext, a video is available.

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