At Formnext 2023, AM Solutions, a leader in post-processing technology for 3D printing, underlined its dominant position by introducing new technologies and announcing significant partnerships. Among other things, the company presented the innovative C2 and M4 systems, which enable efficient and high-quality surface finishing of 3D-printed parts.
David Soldan, Head of AM Solutions – 3D post processing technology says, “Alongside some examples of our range of mass finishing, shot blasting and chemical solutions including the S1, the S2, the S1 Wet, and the C1, we introduced the C2 and the M4 at Formnext 2023. The new C2 system allows for the chemical smoothing and dyeing of 3D printed plastic parts in one single process, and the M4 is for surface finishing, such as surface grinding, smoothing, and polishing of small to midsize metal and plastic parts. Sharing the headlines, though, were our partnership announcements which demonstrated that leading AM machine developers such as EOS, and prominent industrial users such as FKM and Shapeways are choosing to work alongside AM Solutions to streamline and automate the entire AM process chain.”
EOS and AM Solutions are jointly pursuing the goal of establishing 3D printing as a cost-effective, efficient and high-quality production process. Their partnership aims to further develop SLS printing on an industrial scale, with automated and efficient post-processing playing a key role.
The partnerships with Shapeways and FKM also emphasize AM Solutions’ innovations. FKM has chosen AM Solutions’ S2 system to perform post-processing of powder bed plastic parts fully automatically and with reproducible, high-quality results. In addition, FKM will act as a beta partner for the new C2 system.
Shapeways, already an early adopter of AM Solutions’ S1 and S2 technologies, is now also joining the beta partner program for the C2. This underlines the growing importance of Shapeways as a reliable development and innovation partner.
Soldan says, “We are delighted to be working in partnership with two high-profile companies like Shapeways and FKM as we establish our new chemical smoothing technology alongside our growing portfolio of AM mass finishing and shot blasting technologies. The C2 from AM Solutions takes the chemical smoothing of 3D printed parts to a new level. With its innovative 2-in-1 Liquid Color Smoothing process, it is capable of smoothing and dyeing parts in a single pass. The result is a streamlining of the process chain with both functions being performed by only one machine. It also reduces the total capital investment required and lowers the cost per finished part. Compared to other solutions, the immersion smoothing technology used reduces the processing time and the specially developed process media operates in a more eco-friendly way.”
AM Solutions is increasingly focusing on mass production applications and promoting its 2-in-1 solutions, which enable two post-processing steps in one machine. This leads to increased automation, efficiency and significant cost savings, making the company a leader in overcoming the challenges of additive manufacturing.