News at Solukon
Interview – Metal Additive Manufacturing: Solukon on the potential of automated powder removal systems in the Space industry, March 20th, 2020
Solukon SFM-AT1000 removes powder from oversized components automatically, March 19th, 2020
Solukon releases new automated powder removal designed for oversized components February 24, 2020
Solukon introduces system for automated powder removal from large components, February 10, 2020
Solukon’s portfolio currently comprises three machines, the SFM-AT800, which was introduced in 2014 is the largest machine, offering a loading volume of 800 x 400 x 550mm and 300 kg component weight. With the release of the SFM-AT1000, the company introduces two completely new formats, with a component size of up to 460 x 460 x 1,000 mm and 500 x 280 x 1,000 mm.
Challenges Push Post Processing Innovation Louis A. Kren, February 3, 2020
Automated Depowdering, Include Complex Internal Channels, of Large Parts
The unit’s two programmable axes enable automated cleaning, as the system saves and combines several component positions with an assignment of different functions and holding times. Two safety-interlocked glove ports facilitate supplemental manual cleaning with compressed air or inert gas. The SFM-AT800 is designed without any ignition source, and the safety-monitored inert-gas-infusion system ensures protection …read more…
AM Powder Plus (AMP+): A network that enables efficient parts and powder handling in additive manufacturing,online article, November 2019, Yosra K.
For operators of the SLM technology, it is crucial to develop efficient manufacturing practices. This manufacturing technology often raises issues related to powder processing and handling. For this vital step of the manufacturing process, Assonic Dorstener Siebtechnik GmbH, Solukon Maschinenbau GmbH and ULT AG decided to create AM Powder Plus (AMP+).Read more at 3dadept.com …
Solukon & Siemens report successful beta test of SFM-AT800-S depowdering system
Metal Additive Manufacturing, October 21, 2019
Solukon Maschinenbau GmbH, Augsburg, Germany, reports that its SFM-AT800-S depowdering system, which was co-developed with Siemens, has been beta tested on the shop floor by both MBFZ toolcraft GmbH and Morf3D with promising results.
New network for efficient AM parts and powder handling
Aerospace Manufacturing Magazin, October 14, 2019
Assonic Dorstener Siebtechnik, Solukon Maschinenbau and ULT now offer integrated solutions for highly automated parts and powder processing and handling in the selective laser melting (SLM) process.
Solukon and Siemens’ SFM-AT800S depowdering system wins TCT Post-Processing Award 2019
Metal Additive Manufacturing, October 14, 2019
Solukon Maschinenbau GmbH, Augsburg, Germany, and Siemens AG, Munich, Germany, recently received the TCT Post-Processing Award 2019 at the annual TCT Awards on September 25, in Birmingham, UK.
Issues raised by metal powder removal
3D Adept, online article, September 2019
… Moreover, according to an expert from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories “another challenge is being able to tell when all the powder has been removed” on the one hand, on the other hand, as per Andreas Hartmann’s words, to “remove residual powder safely, efficiently, economically, with reproducible cleaning results and providing the residual powder contamination free for recycling.” … read more…
Powder removal: The Achilles heel of powder bed-based metal Additive Manufacturing
Metal Additive Manufacturing, Vol.5, No.2, Summer 2019
What should a good metal powder removal system contain?
While some machine manufacturers implement some level of powder removal and management inside their systems, or in peripheral equipment offered by them, these solutions do not address all of the problems associated with powder removal.
Put more simply, current approaches by systems manufacturers to vacuuming and processing excess powder from the build plate inside the machine or external to the machine are insufficient to remove enough powder either for reasons of safety, or for achieving the desired level of cleanliness. None rise
to the level of a full-blown powder removal system. To appreciate this,
one needs to understand the key functions of a good powder removal
system … read more on page 119 – 126…
Solukon & Siemens partner on advanced depowdering system for metal Additive Manufacturing
Metal Additive Manufacturing, Vol. 4, No.4, Winter 2018
Solukon Maschinenbau GmbH, Augsburg, Germany, has partnered with Siemens to launch the advanced SFM-AT800S depowdering system for metal Laser Powder Bed Fusion (LPBF) Additive Manufacturing. The system reportedly incorporates the latest developments in smart functionality for the effective removal of metal powder from complex internal channels within AM parts… read more…
Powder removal gets smart
Magazin/ EU/ Volume 27/ Issue 6/ 24. Oktober 2019
Earlier this year, I took a tour of Materials Solutions – a SiemensBusiness’ new additive manufacturing (AM) facility in Worcester, UK. The facility,dedicated to direct metal AM, currently houses more than 20machines with the capacity to extend to around 50. It’s a smartfactory in every sense of the word…read more at TCT Magazine page 47
Interviews with Solukon-CEO Andreas Hartmann
3D Adept, online article, December 2018
Our developpers are specialized in identifying, understanding and overcoming challenges related to post-processing in additive manufacturing processes. CEO Andreas Hartmann delivers insights into developing outstanding automatic depowdering systems. Read the interview at 3dadept.com …
Solukon and Siemens develop smart functionality for depowdering
TCT Magazine, online article, October 2018
The new SFM-AT800 enables the removal of powder adjusted to the claims of the parts. The new axis system adds the possibility of moving the part along any three-dimensional contour. Read about the cooperation with Siemens and prospective corporate developments in TCT Magazine …
Solukon develops advanced depowdering system
“The SFM-AT800S, with its smart control features, is another step forward in intelligent, automated postprocessing”, says Solukon CEO Dominik Schmid about the latest project with Siemens. What is special about the depowdering system? read more…
Solukon teams with the pneumatic system manufacturer Aventics
Scope, online article, March 2018
Pneumatic components enable ignition source-free depowdering within an protective gas-flooded process chamber. From the beginning Solukon banked on consultation and sampling by Aventics. Details about the gentle cleaning process under a protective gas atmosphere are shown on scope-online.de …
Take a close look at 3D printing
Diesel & Gas Turbine Worldwide, online news, December 2018
Siemens inaugurated a new plant in Worcester, UK, entirely dedicated to additive manufacturing. Its AM strategy relies on cooperation with partners such as Solukon. Read the whole story on Diesel & Gas Turbine Worldwide …
Keeping it clean
siemens.de GO!, online news, November 2017
Safety is the top priority in these procedures. If a component is made from any reactive, explosive material such as an aluminum or titanium alloy, the process chamber can be made inert using a protective gas. This also protects the material as the dust is no longer prone to oxidation and thus reusable. Thanks to the closed cleaning circuit, it is all retained and can be recycled..siemens.de,GO!