Recycling AM Powders is a critical step in the 3D printing process. After builds, there is still virgin powder inside the powder bed that can be reused for printing. However, some of these particles have come in contact with the laser and are no longer good for use. These particles are called “splatter” and need to be removed using a sieving machine. The quicker companies can recycle AM powders, the faster they can get their printer up and running.
Elcan Idnsutries has developed a new system to assist in the recycling of AM powders. The Hi-Sifter Powder Reclaiming System was developed specifically for the additive manufacturing industry. The construction of the unit is 100% polished stainless steel, which means it is suitable for Aerospace and BioMedical applications. The explosion proof vacuum system allows for powders to be transported in a completely inert environment. The Hi-Sifter also has inert capabilities, which means minimal handling of potentially explosive powders.
Recycling AM Powders has quickly become the bottleneck in the 3D printing industry. Lack of efficiency by standard conventional screeners forces companies to screen powders above their desired powder spec. Furthermore, these standard screeners lack the energy required to make fine separations, which means that they need to significantly reduce the processing speed in order to make these separations.
Elcan Industires has helped numerous metal powder producers to condition their metal powders for sale on the market using the Hi-Sifter. Now we have taken the machine that the powder producers are using and have made it suitable for the end users. The system employs the same high energy approach on the screen, which allows for very fine separations of powder. The energy on the screen prevents particles from clogging the holes and blinding up the screen mesh. Powder can flow seamlessly through the screen opening and the Hi-Sifter quickly discharges of oversize, while collecting product in the steel bottles.
This energy on the screen allows for higher processing rates and in turn, less down time for your printer. Stop allowing the recycling of AM powders to slow your process and find out how we can help today!