Additive Manufacturing Smart station to automate post-processing of ceramic parts
An automated solution for the automation of post-processing tasks of ceramic parts has been launched by additive manufacturing company XJet. The new “Smart station” is to empower manufacturers with automated, repeatable, low-cost production.
AM company XJet announced the launch of the Smart station, a new system to automate the post-processing of XJet parts. The equipment provides the last link in the chain for automated end-to-end additive manufacturing using XJet Nano Particle Jetting.
Smart, or “Support Material Automatic Removal Technology”, works seamlessly with all XJet Carmel AM systems, automating the removal of the award-winning soluble support material and eliminating dependency on operator expertise. The water-based system has a selection of programs — differing by water level, flow rate and other parameters — to suit any given tray of parts. Using intelligent algorithms, the system suggests the appropriate program.
The company’s soluble support material works with all its ceramic and metal build materials. The ability to gently melt away the support ensures any ultra-fine details and complex geometries of parts are preserved throughout the post-processing process. The introduction of end-to-end automation — from support generation to support removal — allows manufacturers to produce premium quality parts, with all the benefits of additive manufacturing, the manufacturer claims.