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M&H optimizes 3D printing post-processing with Solukon SFM-AT1000-S

M&H, a pioneer in the field of 3D printing from Styria, presents its latest investment in the optimization of post-processing processes with the integration of the SFM-AT1000-S powder removal system from Solukon, a German quality manufacturer. This system is specially designed for the efficient cleaning and post-processing of large and heavy 3D-printed metal parts and particularly addresses the challenges of removing powder residues from complex geometries.

The SFM-AT1000-S is characterized by its ability to process parts up to a height of 1,000 mm and a weight of up to 800 kg, while meeting particularly high post-processing requirements.

For M&H Managing Director Patrick Herzig, the key benefit lies in the precision of the system: “With the Solukon system, we can efficiently and thoroughly remove powder residues 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. With the introduction of the SFM-AT1000-S, we are setting 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.”

The depowdering system uses two endlessly rotating axes with servo drives that enable precise movement along a programmable path. An integrated high-frequency knocker loosens powder clumps in narrow channels. For reactive materials, the system offers the option of inertization to ensure maximum explosion and health protection.

“The SFM-AT1000-S, sets new standards in the manufacturing industry – also thanks to its compatibility with our innovative SPR-Pathfinder software. With this unique software, individual movement patterns can be calculated automatically for each component based on the CAD file. By optimizing and automating their post-processing procedures, we offer our customers – like M&H – a clear competitive advantage. With the digital factory tool, a sensor and interface kit, our partners also have maximum transparency over the depowdering process,” explains Andreas Hartmann, CEO and CTO of Solukon.

M&H uses the SFM-AT1000-S in particular for the post-processing of components in the aerospace industry and in international racing, including Formula 1.

“The ability to clean components with extreme accuracy allows us to meet the specific and stringent requirements of these industries, where precision and reliability are particularly critical. Using the SFM-AT1000-S from Solukon ensures that even the finest geometries can be reworked without compromising on quality,” emphasizes M&H Managing Director Herzig.

The acquisition of the SFM-AT1000-S, combined with the new SLM 800 3D metal printer, positions M&H as a leading provider for the production of complex components in large dimensions.

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