At Formnext 2023, one of the leading trade fairs for additive manufacturing, the company Rivelin Robotics will present its innovative solutions for the post-processing of metallic 3D printed parts (Hall 12, Booth E41).
Post-processing, or the finishing of metallic parts produced using 3D printing, can be time-consuming, expensive and dangerous. Rivelin Robotics addresses precisely these challenges with its Netshape robots. The goal is to make the entire post-processing process cleaner, more cost-efficient and, most importantly, more automated – from removing powder residue to finishing the part.
Robert Bush, CEO at Rivelin comments, “Post processing metal AM parts, especially the complex ones (and let’s face it, that’s a dominant reason for using an additive process in the first place) invariably involves a number of dirty, manual tasks to remove excess powder, remove the part(s) from the essential base plate, or remove the intricate supports that complex geometries require, all before finishing the surface to the prescribed standard. These tasks are necessarily performed by skilled workers and as anyone working in this area past or present knows – it’s just not pretty, neither is it without risk, and manual post processing leads to part-to-part quality inconsistencies.”
At the heart of the solution is the Netshape software that controls the 8-axis (6+2) robots. It not only enables automation of the post-processing steps, but also provides reliable data and ensures consistent quality.
Bush continues, “As we will show visitors to Formnext this year, Rivelin’s Netshape Robots offer a much cleaner approach for metal post processing and close the gap that exists in AM’s digital process chain by removing manual finishing steps. Automation is the key, with 8-axis (6+2) robots driven by the advanced and intelligent Netshape software, which not only automates the support removal and finishing steps, but also provides process data, reliability, consistency and traceability.”
Another highlight that visitors to Formnext 2023 can expect to see at Rivelin’s booth is the new concept for automated powder removal, developed in collaboration with Solukon. The two companies see great potential in the combination of Solukon’s SFM-AT800-S automated powder removal system and Rivelin’s precise robotic solutions for post-processing.
Bush concludes, “At Rivelin, we passionately believe that digital innovation and progress are not a threat to manual jobs in manufacturing; rather they offer a new paradigm focused on humans shaping ideas and technology crafting them. In this way we can promote safety, efficiency, and sustainability. We are looking forward to welcoming new friends and old to our stand at Formnext and answering any questions that they may have.”
Visit Rivelin Robotics at Formnext 2023 in Hall 12, Booth E41.