Announcing the new FORTI™ Support Removal Solution

FORTIAnnouncing our latest innovation, the new automated and intelligent FORTI™ support removal solution. The FORTI leverages PostProcess’ proven submersible technology already available in our CENTI and DEMI for consistent, hands-free support structure and resin removal on 3D printed PolyJet, FDM, SLA and CLIP parts. We designed the FORTI specifically to address the growing market demand for a software-driven system between our desktop-sized CENTI™ machine solution and production scale DEMI™ machine.

Just like its big brother, the DEMI, the FORTI is enabled by PostProcess’ patent-pending AUTOMAT3D™ software platform. Designed within our family of submersible support removal solutions, the FORTI’s highly engineered Submersed Vortex Cavitation (SVC) technology utilizes advanced ultrasonics, heat and fluid flow in concert with our proprietary additive formulated chemistry. An advanced pumping scheme creates vortex action to optimize the rate of removal of the support material and minimize buoyancy issues to virtually eliminate damaged parts. You can learn more about SVC technology in our recent video on the DEMI solution.

With the FORTI’s software-driven automation, operators spend less time on tedious, manual support removal and more time on value-added tasks. Utilizing user-friendly controls, throughput will accelerate with the ability to optimize cycles to produce consistent end parts via the system’s pre-designed agitation levels.

Whether you’re printing PolyJet, FDM, SLA or CLIP parts, find out what the FORTI can do for you and contact us today.

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PostProcess Announces Fastest Processing Times in the Industry with new SLA Resin Removal Solution

A groundbreaking new solution for Stereolithography (SLA) resin removal, the new PostProcess system provides dramatically improved processing times of 5-10 minutes, lower operator attendance time with reduced environmental hazards, preservation of fine feature details, and overall improved resin removal from SLA printed parts.

How to Achieve the Fastest Processing Times Possible for SLA Resin Removal

SLA Resin RemovalOur most recent Press Release and White Paper address the topic of messy and cumbersome 3D printed SLA resin removal. We set out to achieve the fastest processing times possible with the development of an enhanced formulation of our chemistry, PG1.2, combined with our proprietary SVC technology to achieve unmatched end part consistency and hands-free automation.

This comparison chart is just a sampling of the data presented in the White Paper. The data demonstrates the unparalleled longevity of our PG1.2 chemistry, which provides for resin removal on up to 1000 trays (average tray size = 15″) before reaching saturation. This increased longevity also reduces the costs of waste disposal and machine downtime as fewer detergent changeouts are required. The solution reduces the overall number of steps and chemical applications required from print to finish, driving increased productivity for technicians.

The White Paper explores in more detail how the PostProcess solution achieves the fastest resin removal on the market, cleaning trays of parts in 5-10 minutes, validated in multiple production environment test scenarios with 8 different resin materials.

To learn more, download the White Paper HERE.

Read the press release announcement on this innovation HERE.

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Printing PolyJet? Your Guide to the Benefits of Automation Utilizing SVC Technology

Printing PolyJetIn our latest White Paper, we’re tackling the dilemma of how to achieve increased productivity and consistency for the tedious task of PolyJet support removal.  Whether printing with SUP705 or SUP706, each presents their own challenges. The SUP705 material adheres to the part more firmly, so when applying intense force with legacy methods such as water blasting, you can easily damage fragile portions of a print. With SUP706, as it is a softer support material, you run the risk of being overly aggressive and damaging the print with manual methods.

This new White Paper includes results from testing of both SUP705 and SUP706 PolyJet parts in our software-driven DEMI Support Removal solution, demonstrating how SVC technology can minimize touch time, breakage, and the learning curve of automation to advance your additive manufacturing operation.

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How to Turn Hours Into Minutes with 3D Post-Print Automation: A Success Story

3D Post-Print AutomationThe best way to demonstrate the transformative benefits of 3D post-print automation is through a customer’s real-world success story. This prominent consumer goods company utilizes multiple additive manufacturing technologies within their prototyping department. With volumes ramping annually, the department of just 2 engineers churns out almost 20,000 prints per year! The majority of those prints are on their Objet printer, which are also their most difficult to post-print.

The engineers employ several post-print methods. For Objet prints, the team performs manual bulk removal, followed by water jetting, followed by a scouring pad to get the bonding layer off. For parts with internal geometries, dental instruments are used to clear passages. Most of the Objet parts have internal geometries, with tight tolerances and S-shaped channels that typically range from 6 to 12-inches internal length. They especially have problems with many smaller parts at high quantities, as water jetting is not an option so supports are removed by hand.

After benchmarking multiple part geometries, the PostProcess DEMI support removal solution demonstrated remarkable performance and clear benefits. Its software-driven automation ensured unparalleled consistency and exponential throughput, giving hours of time back to the team on a weekly basis. A small, high volume Objet part that typically took technicians 2-3 minutes per part to finish by hand was now finished in the DEMI in batches of up to 200 parts at a time in a 4 hour automated cycle with 5 minutes of technician time.

Time is money in business, of course. The customer’s savings on Objet prints alone amounted to hundreds of hours per year and resulted in a compelling ROI on the machine solution investment. As they expand into automation for their SLA and FDM post-printing, the DEMI is the perfect choice with its flexibility for use with multiple polymer-based 3D print technologies.

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