Post-processing, once considered the “dirty little secret” of the 3D printing industry, is now a well-known fact and not something to hide. The various post-print finishing processes, from simply removing supports and washing parts to painting and polishing them, are almost always a necessary part of the AM workflow, and a growing number of companies, including AM Technologies and DyeMansion, offer these techniques. heliguya UK commercial drone innovator that uses 3D printing to manufacture parts, recently tapped another UK company, post-processing solutions provider AM AM solutions-part of the Rosler Group—to optimize and improve the aesthetics and performance of some of its products.
AM Solutions, according to its Director of Sales Colin Spellacy, “has been working at the forefront of surface finishing for 80 years” and recognizes that when it comes to post-processing 3D printed parts, a “unique set of requirements” s ‘applied.
“Many companies considering using AM as a production technology are unaware that post-processing can add up to 50-60% of the cost of a finished AM part or component, and as such the use of efficient and automated post-processing technologies is vital,” continued Spellacy. “We are delighted to be working with Heliguy, and it’s been great to see how our M1 Basic machine has become an essential asset in the Heliguy laboratory.”
Heliguy already has a range of various 3D printing equipment in its production facilities, including a Formlabs 3L and Markforged X7, and has also added the compact from AM Solutions M1 Basic Aftertreatment System to his home collection.
“It adds the finishing touches to process or refine 3D printed parts, such as removing excess material, washing and curing, or sanding and polishing,” Heliguy wrote of the M1 Basic. . “The improved surface finish helps improve component performance and overall aesthetics of the part.”
The versatile entry-level solution is used to smooth and polish the surface of plastic and metal single parts and small batches. It is meant to be easy to use and integrate into manufacturing lines, and has a built-in process water recycling system, noise protection, and a comprehensive software package that allows users to store post-processing processing programs, which helps reduce operator error. Additionally, by installing separator plates, separate processing chambers can be configured to process multiple parts at the same time and allow for excellent repeatable surface finishing.
“AM Solutions’ M1 Basic machine not only improves the surface of our 3D printed parts, which improves both performance and appearance, but it has also contributed to the development of innovative drone solutions. It’s a fantastic machine and helps boost our in-house design and development capabilities to manufacture our own parts, as well as work with third-party organizations to bring their concepts to life,” said Ross Embleton, Lead Product Designer. at Heliguy. “The M1 Basic refines the parts we have made using the AM process, providing better looking, higher quality commercial grade end-use products. In the smoothing and polishing of parts, it also allows us to creating a perfect surface for painting or staining, which is another important part of improving aesthetics. Basically, the M1 Basic is a very versatile machine, allowing us to work with a larger ecosystem of materials to expand our product offering. products and really keep our manufacturing in-house.
It appears that one of the specific products that Heliguy has used the M1 Basic for is from his Heliguy Lab for 3D printing and rapid prototyping, which the website says “create add-ons for drones to enhance their capabilities.” Heliguy’s design team has created a tactical dog camera for police and security personnel: a high-definition camera is attached to a trained dog via a cool headgear, then transmits images to a screen that the police and surveillance teams can carry and monitor firearms during operations. and search and rescue missions. Heliguy says its bespoke dog camera “reflects our approach of bringing technology from the drone industry into other areas.”
By using 3D printing and its associated technologies, such as AM Solutions’ M1 Basic post-processing system, to manufacture parts and products in-house, heliguy can help reduce costs and accelerate project timelines. .
“AM truly democratizes and localizes production for manufacturers, and thus opens up huge possibilities for growing companies like Heliguy,” Spellacy concluded. “In the area of post-processing for AM parts, AM Solutions – 3D Post-Processing Technology provides a range of processes and machines all aimed at transforming post-processing from a necessary evil to an enabling technology. . We exist to automate the post-processing of AM parts to overcome the sometimes slow, expensive and disconnected AM process chain, and to ensure that AM is an efficient and viable production alternative to legacy manufacturing technologies. We encourage the development of innovative, customer-centric processes for AM operations, and work with customers to ensure the optimal post-processing solution for each application.
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