Additive Manufacturing Smart station to automate post-processing of ceramic parts

Editor: Alexander Stark

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.

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The XJet Smart system for automated post-processing of ceramic AM parts.
The XJet Smart system for automated post-processing of ceramic AM parts.
(Source: XJet)

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.

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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.

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