Module Handles Reusable Metal Powder

The IPCM M Pro conveys material out of the company’s M 290 3D printer, sieves it and returns it to the system.

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EOS’s IPCM M Pro material handling solution is made specifically for the M 290 metal additive manufacturing system, which has a process chamber door with coupling points to connect with the IPCM M Pro and material containers. It is designed to quickly and safely remove material before sieving and refilling it back into the system.

The IPCM M Pro conveys powdered metal not used during the build process out of the AM system without opening the process chamber door or bringing the material into direct contact with the operator. A vacuum pump removes the powder from the AM system and into the IPCM M Pro, where it is sieved under inert gas. According to the company, the system has a throughput of 120 kg of material in 30 min., which is 50 percent faster than previous solutions. The powder can then be reused for future builds.

The semi-automated, dust-free material handling system protects the health and safety of operators by reducing the risk of contact with metal powders. At the same time, large volumes of material can be sieved and conveyed faster while reducing manual tasks. Moreover, the module is mobile, which means it can be used for several systems, increasing the user-friendliness and productivity of AM.

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