The additive industry's technology is still faced with challenges in terms of optimizing costs in the production of 3D parts compared to standard manufacturing processes. Efficient depowdering and recycling of excess powder enable the return of unused material back to the printing process, playing a key role in reducing costs and raising the usability of 3D printing technology.
MARS 03 offers compact, user-friendly manual and automated solutions that support various depowdering applications at the same time, from extremely complex, unique structures to massive 3D structures. The whole system allows components to communicate and exchange data amongst each other. For the safe loading of heavier parts, the cabinet can be equipped with a uniquely executed automatic top-lifting door, which allows easy and safe handling of printed parts.
The system is compliant with the ATEX Directive, so the treatment of titanium and aluminium powder is not a problem since the system is designed to create and maintain a controlled inert atmosphere by keeping oxygen levels in the range of 4 to 2 percent.
The machine uses a pneumatic turbine vibrator to vibrate parts that are fixed to the turntable. The part vibration frequency can be set by adjusting the air pressure connected to the turbine actuator. This frequency will be different for every part because it is closely linked to part weight. A part can be rotated on two axes, which can also be used for adjusting the incline of the surface where powder is trapped. With the combination of rotation and vibration, the machine is able to remove loose powder in tough-to-reach places. This way, depowdering can be automated in a closed environment.
MARS 03 (Metal Additive Removal System) is one of the solutions of Addiblast™ by FerroECOBlast® Europe smart solution series, which is the latest user-friendly line of machines from FerroČrtalič, a company boasting nearly 60 years of tradition, continuous development and a drive for excellence. FerroČrtalič represents an indispensable surface treatment partner to various industries such as aeronautical, medical, automotive, foundry, and more. The new machines are specifically designed for additional processing (also referred to as post-processing) in additive manufacturing (AM), better known as 3D printing. The family of new machines follows Industry 4.0 guidelines and includes state-of-the-art automated solutions of key processes for more efficient depowdering of parts, recycling of excess powder, and surface treatment of 3D-printed products, regardless of the material used. The goal is to achieve the immediate usefulness of 3D-printed parts in practice and to reduce costs.
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