As additive manufacturing technologies experience greater use for batch, serial and mass part production, post-processing becomes increasingly relevant. Our main focus at 3dpbm is on digital additive part production—a market for which we have coined the acronym DAMP—so the need to produce fully finished parts and the enabling technologies to achieve this via AM have always represented a key area of interest.

One of the biggest hurdles to greater adoption of AM in production was always a tendency to underestimate the impact of cost-effectively post-process large series of prints. On unique, ultra-high-value parts such as prototypes and tools, post-processing is a relatively minor concern. But when it comes to post-process tens, hundreds and even thousands of parts in a few days, the challenges grow exponentially.

Producing fully finished parts presents significant challenges in the polymer AM market and it presents even bigger challenges in metal AM and ceramics AM. So much so that even metal PBF technologies, where part sintering/fusion takes place during the printing process, resulted more time-consuming in terms of their post-processing phase than binder jetting technologies, where debinding, infiltrations and sintering are all carried out as additional post-processes.

The segment for AM post-processes differs for each major technology but can be generally intended as including these main areas: Powder Removal and Sieving systems, Debinding and Sintering systems, Material and Parts Handling systems, Measurement and Inspection systems, Support Removal systems, and Thermal Treatment/UV Curing systems.

Today there is a much greater awareness of the various post processes that are required in all AM technologies, both through operators such as AM Solutions, PostProcess Technologies, AMT, Solukon and D-Lyte (among others) that focus specifically on automating AM and several other companies specializing in automated post-process solutions for injection molding and other traditional technologies now looking more closely at the AM market.

In this month’s AM Focus we will highlight many of these companies and their capabilities. For a full list of companies specializing in the various phases of pre- and post-processing AM solutions, make sure to visit the 3dpbm Index’s dedicated section on Automation and Post Process companies here.

  • Puntozero collaboration proves effectiveness of Theta’s NDT

    Theta Technologies’ development of a nonlinear acoustic non-destructive testing method looks set to become a game-changer for additive manufacturers looking to push the boundaries of geometric design. With Theta’s nonlinear resonance NDT becoming a topic of discussion within the additive manufacturing community, 3dpbm helped to spot and enable the perfect…

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  • Dyndrite and PostProcess Technologies form partnership for post-processing automation

    Today, Dyndrite™, providers of the GPU-accelerated computation engine used to create next-generation digital manufacturing hardware and software, and PostProcess Technologies, the leader in automated and intelligent post-processing solutions for 3D printed parts, announced a working relationship to deliver end-to-end CAD to Post Processing automation using the Dyndrite Application Development Toolkit…

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  • DyeMansion launches Powerfuse S PP vapor polishing solution at Formnext 2022

    At Formnext, DyeMansion delivers on its announcements and launches a new Powerfuse S model to smooth 3D printed polypropylene. The Powerfuse S PP is the first ever green vapor polishing solution for highly industrial manufacturing and surface improvements beyond aesthetics to smooth 3D printed PP. The classic Powerfuse S model…

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  • Linde to showcase turnkey solution for printing nitinol parts

    Gas giant Linde will be exhibiting a number of flagship gas technologies at this year’s Formnext (15-18 November), including its bespoke gas mixture developed specifically to optimize printing in laser powder bed fusion processes; pioneering gas atomization solutions for metal powder production; its turnkey offering to help accelerate the use…

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  • AMT and HP to provide integrated post-processing solutions

    Building on many years of close collaboration, AMT and HP have formed a new strategic partnership, focused on delivering advanced post-processing capabilities to HP customers. The partnership centers on an Integrated Post Processing Solution, known as PostPro DMS (Digital Manufacturing System), which provides full support through the entire 3D printing…

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  • Sauber Technologies extends partnership with AM Solutions as a result of a fruitful business relationship since 2021.

    Sauber Technologies extends partnership with AM Solutions

    Sauber Technologies has extended its technology partnership with AM Solutions. The partnership, which was sealed in 2021, has been prolonged for two additional years, thanks to the valuable and trustful business relationship that has been providing both parties with reportedly excellent results. The automated post-processing of additively manufactured parts is…

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  • Cubicure presents industrial polymer post-processing. A customizable cleaning solution that allows for the recycling of residual resin.

    Cubicure presents industrial polymer post-processing

    After launching a novel 3D printing system that enables the stereolithographic production of industrial batch sizes, last year, Austrian 3D printing company, Cubicure, has now developed a cleaning solution for the industrially-scalable post-processing of additively manufactured polymer components – further improving the sustainable use of material and occupational safety, as well…

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  • Solukon delivers 200th metal depowdering system

    SWISSto12, a company that operates in the aerospace industry as a manufacturer of satellite components, is receiving Solukon’s 200th metal AM post-processing system, the SFM-AT800-S reflects the trend that Aerospace is currently the primary industry for automated depowdering. “Aerospace is the industry with the most Solukon systems in the field,…

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  • AMT launches PostPro Pure for green vapor smoothing chemistry

    AMT, a leading manufacturer of automated post-processing technology, has announced the launch of a new sustainable FDA-approved chemistry for vapor smoothing 3D printed parts. The PostPro Pure patent-pending for green vapor smoothing chemistry is now available for AMT’s PostPro Surface Finishing (SF) systems. AMT’s green chemistry replacement, known as PostPro…

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  • AM Solutions' C1 machine arrives at customer experience center in Knowsley, UK, which houses an array of different post-processing solutions.

    AM Solutions’ C1 machine arrives at customer experience center

    AMSolutions – 3D post-processing technology UK has taken delivery of its C1 system, which will reside in the company’s customer experience center in Knowsley, UK. The C1 now sits alongside an array of AM post-processing solutions in Knowsley, and customers are invited to come and see the company demonstrate and…

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