XJet Ltd., developer of ground-breaking ceramic and metal additive manufacturing technologies & solutions, announced the launch of the SMART station, a new system for automated post-processing of ceramic AM parts. The equipment provides the last link in the chain for automated end-to-end additive manufacturing using XJet NanoParticle Jetting™.
Xjet SMART Automated Post-Processing of Ceramic AM Parts
SMART, or ‘Support Material Automatic Removal Technology’, works seamlessly with all XJet Carmel AM systems, for automated post-processing of ceramic AM parts. It automates the removal of the award-winning soluble support material and eliminating dependency on operator expertise. The easy-to-use 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 SMART system suggests the appropriate program.
According to Dror Danai, XJet CBO, “The SMART station delivers the final missing link in AMNow XJet’s award-winning soluble support material becomes even easier to remove, making part production really easy and allowing virtually any geometry as water can access even the smallest channels that XJet ultra high-quality printing enables.”
Danai added, “This is all part of XJet’s drive to support manufacturers in a true production environment. XJet technology is designed for manufacturers who want to build better parts for real-world applications. We examine the whole workflow to see what can be done to reduce production time, minimize operational costs, and ensure the premium quality of parts is repeatable.”
XJet’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.
According to Danai, “One of our beta customers has reported a 90 percent reduction in cleaning time and hassle using the XJet SMART automated post-processing of ceramic AM parts, so we’re delighted with the results. Additive manufacturing is supposed to offer true design freedom and complex geometries with zero additional cost. Our soluble support material delivers those capabilities – even for tiny cavities. Now with the SMART station our customers can benefit from simple, predictable, low-cost operation.”
Designers and manufacturers can see the SMART station and many printed samples at RAPID+TCT (in Chicago, USA from 13th to 15th September) and at Formnext (Frankfurt, Germany, from 16th to 19th November).
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