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M&H reports impressive results with depowdering system from Solukon

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Patrick Herzig, CEO and Philipp Schwemberger, Head of Additive Manufacturing at M&H CNC-Technik

Austrian 3D print manufacturer M&H claims to be setting new standards in the cleaning and post-processing of 3D-printed metal components by using the  SFM-AT1000-S depowdering system from the German quality manufacturer Solukon.

The automatic powder removal system is specially designed for cleaning and post-processing 3D-printed parts. In particular, large and heavy metal components with a height of up to 1,000 mm and a maximum weight of 800 kg as well as tasks with particularly high post-processing requirements can be freed from powder residues particularly efficiently on the powder removal system.

Removing powder residues from complex geometries

For M&H-CEO Patrick Herzig, the key benefit lies in the precision of the system: “With the Solukon system, we can efficiently and thoroughly remove powder residue from complex parts with internal channels and cavities. This feature is a decisive advantage, as such complex geometries often present a challenge in post-processing and powder residues in the components could mean a loss of performance.”

Herzig adds that with the introduction of the SFM-AT1000-S, his company has been able to set new standards in the post-processing of 3D-printed parts in titanium, aluminum, stainless steel and materials such as Scalmalloy and Inconel.

“This technology enables us to further increase the quality of our products and make our production processes more efficient and even safer through series cleaning,” he says.

Technologically, this is realized by two endlessly rotating axes with servo drive – the component thus moves along the programmable path. A built-in high-frequency knocker also loosens powder clumps in particularly narrow channels. For reactive materials, the Solukon SFM-AT1000-S can be inerted with inert gas – the process offers maximum explosion and health protection.

At M&H, the SFM-AT1000-S is used to post-process components for the aerospace and international racing industries in particular – especially Formula 1.

“The ability to clean components with extreme precision enables us to meet the specific and stringent requirements of these industries, where precision and reliability are particularly crucial. Using the SFM-AT1000-S from Solukon ensures that even the finest geometries can be reworked without compromising on quality,” emphasizes M&H-CEO Herzig. Especially in combination with the SLM 800 3D metal printer (build volume: 500 x 280 x 850), which is also new, M&H is now “particularly well positioned for the production of complex components in large dimensions”, says Herzig.

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