Automation is pretty important in terms of mass producing 3D printed components, and one AM company that’s all about automation is Sweden-based Digital Metal, a subsidiary of the Höganäs Group—the largest producer of metal powders in the world. The company’s proprietary binder jet 3D printing makes it possible to produce complex objects, with superior surface finish and accuracy, for industrial use, and ever since Digital Metal introduced its high-precision DM P2500 metal binder jetting system a few years ago, it’s been working to evolve automation of the technology. Now, the company has announced an automated depowdering station for metal binder jet printing; even more exciting, one of the first customers for this hardware is the Fraunhofer Research Institution for Additive Manufacturing Technologies (Fraunhofer IAPT).
We’ve seen depowdering for metal SLM and metal powder bed fusion, but Digital Metal say it’s developed the world’s first commercial automated depowdering station for metal binder jetting in its new DPS 1000.
Alexander Sakratidis, Sales and Marketing Manager at Digital Metal, said in a press release, “A key benefit of the DPS 1000 for Digital Metal customers is that it will free up time, and also bring consistency by removing the human factor from