Powder Handling System For Metal 3D Printing Powders

Progressive Technology uses the Russell AMPro Sieve Station to reclaim, recycle and reuse its 3D printing powders, doubling its productivity levels

by Paula Okoye | Saturday 13 April 2019

Progressive Technology is a market leader in CNC multi axis machining, using advanced modern machinery and additive manufacturing (AM) expertise to manufacture complex metallic components, primarily for the Formula One market.

Laser powder bed fusion technology has been chosen by Progressive Technology and provides significant benefits when producing F1 components such as increasing strength and the R&D time required to produce new designs with the biggest benefit coming from weight reduction.

A key part of this additive manufacturing process is the handling of the powders used to produce the parts. Metal powders such as titanium, aluminium and Inconel are commonly used to produce the parts for F1 cars and therefore to ensure their quality, the powder must be qualified before use and after the build process is complete the unused powder is reclaimed and requalified.

Initially, the method used to process the metal AM powder was very time consuming with high product wastage. Now, Progressive Technology relies upon the Russell AMPro Sieve Station™ as an automated solution to AM powder handling.

Printer processing times can take an average of 20 hours to complete, and therefore it is imperative production downtime is kept to a minimum. With the installation of the Russell AMPro Sieve Station™, Progressive Technology has been able to double productivity with only half the labor previously used.

The key to the Russell AMPro Sieve Station™ is how every detail has been carefully designed and incorporated into one system resulting in a fully-automated process. An intuitive interactive user interface brings together all elements of the system and allows for a fully programmable one touch operation which minimizes operator involvement. The system is completely modular, designed to integrate directly into an existing build process within DMLS, LMD, SLM, SLS and EBM systems.

Established in 1934, Russell Finex has 85 years of experience supplying fine mesh sieving and filtration equipment to a range of industries. Since its first conception, Russell Finex has provided the AM industry with innovative and ground-breaking sieving solutions to meet the needs of this evolving market.

Contact Russell Finex today to find out how the Russell AMPro Sieve Station™ can reduce operator involvement, increase levels of productivity, and enable you to recycle and reuse additive powders.

The ultimate powder handling solution to meet the needs of the AM industry: http://www.russellfinex.com/en/news-and-events/recycling-additive-powders/

Screening titanium powders to ensure powder quality before and after builds: http://www.russellfinex.com/en/demonstration-videos/additive-manufacturing-powder-handling-station/

The fully automated Russell AMPro Sieve Station™: http://www.russellfinex.com/en/separation-equipment/ampro/

Read the full editorial of the automated powder handling solution installed at Progressive Technology: http://www.russellfinex.com/en/case-studies/metal-am-powder-recycling/


Martin Chipperfield
Russell Finex Ltd
+44 20 8818 2000

Saturday 13 April 2019 / file under Aerospace | Automotive | Defence | Energy | Engineering