Ready to Unlock your Full Potential for PolyJet 3D Printing?

The traditional approach to PolyJet support removal is not optimized for today’s additive manufacturing world. If the bulk of your PolyJet support removal is still done by hand or with outdated equipment, you likely deal with unnecessarily long wait times and warped or inconsistently finished parts. You deserve a support removal solution that’s conducive to softer materials and parts with more complex internal channels. At PostProcess, we are solely focused on solutions that solve additive manufacturing’s post-printing bottleneck problem.

Three factors set us apart from others in the post-printing industry. Our comprehensive solution to PolyJet post-printing includes:

Our automated and intelligent solution is trusted to tackle all of your PolyJet support removal needs. By unlocking your full potential for PolyJet 3D printing, you can scale your operations exponentially. Check it out:

  • Reduced Labor & Operator Error with a simple, software-controlled, intuitive interface. AUTOMAT3D®, the software behind our technology, utilizes sensor monitoring for agitation control that can reduce breakage PolyJet rates to as low as 0.1%.
  • Increased Throughput by more than 30% compared to traditional manual water blasting, making the PostProcess PolyJet support removal the fastest system on the market.
  • Advanced Process Controls utilize the technology  to control multiple energy sources to optimize PolyJet support removal. This is essential for parts that have very complex intricate details or very thin and fragile walls.
  • Increased Consistency & Reduced Damage through our SVC technology’s pump scheme that ensures “parts that float sink, and parts that sink float.” In other words, regardless of density or geometry, SVC will ensure that the part is uniformly exposed to the detergent and cavitation from the ultrasonics, enabling a uniform finish.

Need more convincing? Protolabs is one of the many companies that realized significant and quick return-on-investment with a PostProcess support removal solution, reducing labor time by 50% and effectively freeing up 20 valuable labor hours per week. Read more about their experience here.

 

Ready to learn more? Discover the ideal solutions for PolyJet support removal here.

 

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Overcoming the Top 5 Post-Printing Obstacles: Your 2022 To-Do List

New year, new you. The new year is a great time to reflect on your upcoming goals for the new year. Innovations within the additive manufacturing market will continue to move us into industry 4.0. What’s your game plan for the next 12 months? Our 3rd Annual Post-Printing Survey Report may help shed some light on a few goals for the upcoming year. If you need some ideas for your own additive manufacturing workflow, here are five things to add to your to-do list for post-printing in 2022.

 

1. Consider EH&S Concerns When You Select a Post-Printing Method

Environmental, health, and safety concerns are more and more critical in the workplace. Many manufacturers are more aware of the impact of their work environment on their employees. In fact, 60% of respondents are looking to improve their post-printing operations’ health, safety, and sustainability. It’s essential to keep your employees safe during the printing and post-printing process.

Traditional post-printing can create hazardous environments. For example, some methods use IPA to help clean the part, which can be a severe environmental hazard with its low flashpoint. To create a safer environment, a 2022 goal may be to reduce, if not eliminate, your usage of IPA in post-printing and PostProcess can help. Our solutions process parts with a higher flash point, reducing the risk to both your lab and everyone working in it.

2. Reduce Your Post-Printing Costs

Did you know: some additive manufacturers are spending as much as 30% of their total part cost on post-printing alone? Or that 20% of manufacturers are unaware of the cost of their post-printing? But it doesn’t need to be this way.

2022 offers an opportunity to evaluate all your post-printing options find a better alternative to your current methods. Chances are there are better alternatives that can help save you money and increase your throughput. Automation is one way to revolutionize your post-printing process. Don’t believe us? Check out our case study on Enhancing Resin Removal for SLA Additive Manufactured Parts.

3. Plan to Finish Your Parts Faster

Post-printing in additive manufacturing can be labor intensive and take a significant amount of time. Our survey found that the #1 pain point three years running across all print technologies is the time to complete parts. This can include anything from manual support removal with tools to hand-sanding surface finishing.

When evaluating your post-printing solution, assess how much time employees spend when they manually finish parts. Ask yourself questions like: Is there a better way to complete the task? Are there alternative ways to process the part? Can we increase throughput and decrease the time spent to finish each part?

In case you didn’t guess, there is a better way to complete post-printing solutions that take into consideration software, hardware, and chemistry. Read testimonials from customers for real life examples of how PostProcess decreased their overall post-printing time.

4. Integrate Automation Into Your Post-Printing Process

2022 could be the year to evaluate your post-printing process. Traditionally, manufacturers had to have technicians take hours to finish parts via hand sanding and manual support removal to create the end-user part. This is time consuming, costly, and can lead to broken or inconsistent parts.

However,  your post-printing time and labor could be reduced significantly by automating the process. Check out some of our case studies to discover how customers are taking advantage of automated post-printing solutions.

5. Plan for Post-Printing in Your Design Phase for FDM

Our survey revealed the most popular type of 3D printing is still material extrusion (73.2%). Specifically, with FDM, many manufacturers struggle with consistency and the time it takes to finish parts. But did you know you can help alleviate some of these concerns before your print process even begins?

Our white paper discusses further the value of a DfAM centered approach technique for FDM 3D printed parts like material selection, part orientation, self-supporting angles, and contour toolpaths. Taking these techniques into consideration can reduce time, cost, and even material savings to revolutionize your post-printing workflows.

 

If you’re ready to evaluate your post-printing process in 2022, be sure to reach out to us here at PostProcess. Our intelligent post-printing solutions offer a comprehensive, data-driven system that delivers transformative benefits for additive manufacturing post-printing – patent-pending Hardware, proprietary Software, and additive formulated Chemistry. We have a range of automated and intelligent solutions that will provide unparalleled support removal and surface finishing to your 3D printed material.

 

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Read Up & Tune In: A Round-Up of Our Latest Podcasts

In an increasingly digitized world, podcasts have reacquainted society with the art of audio storytelling. Plus, in today’s “always on” landscape, podcasts are an efficient and effective way to learn on-the-go or while multitasking. As post-printing is becoming more widely recognized as a critical step of additive manufacturing, and its impact on scalability becomes more apparent, PostProcess Technologies CEO Jeff Mize has had the opportunity to be featured on several additive and manufacturing-focused podcasts.

Check out some of his latest appearances, speaking to the industry’s trusted automated post-printing technology:

 

3D POD

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From the Executive Editor of 3DPrint.com, Joris Peels, and additive-focused Co-Founder/Inventor Maxwell Bogue, 3D Pod discusses insights and reports on all things additive manufacturing. When Jeff joins the podcast for Episode 59, the three discuss how the need for PostProcess Technologies was recognized, and the future of 3D printing as it relates to scalable post-printing. Thanks to the plethora of engineering knowledge amongst the three, the discussion also delves into the intricacies of the PostProcess technologies themselves.

 

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Advanced Manufacturing Now Podcast by SME

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Presented by SME Media, a leading news outlet for North American advanced manufacturing, the Advanced Manufacturing Now Podcast is hosted by Chris Mahar. Chris and Jeff Mize cover how the additive landscape has adapted to COVID-19 supply chain disruptions, and speak extensively to the benefits and potential of end-to-end digital connectivity.

 

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The PostProcess Pod: A Chat with Data Scientist Dr. Usama Fayyad

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Our first-ever “PostProcess Pod” episode! In this segment, Jeff Mize speaks with the latest addition to our Board, Dr. Usama Fayyad, PhD. Dr. Fayyad shares his journey of becoming the world’s first Chief Data Officer, and other anecdotes from his illustrious career with data. The two discuss how Dr. Fayyad came to discover what’s termed as the “post-printing bottleneck”, where he sees additive manufacturing headed, and how he came to team up with PostProcess.

 

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Manufacturing Happy Hour

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Requirement: must listen with your favorite beverage in-hand! Tune in to this additive-focused episode of Manufacturing Happy Hour, an insightful and upbeat manufacturing podcast hosted by Chris Luecke. In the episode featuring Jeff, the two discuss some of the most prominent opportunities and challenges in additive, how automated post-printing fits into the greater manufacturing/Industry 4.0 mix, and of course, their favorite west coast breweries. Plus, Jeff and Chris stumble upon a theme in Jeff’s career – digitizing analog processes.

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ReMake Manufacturing

ReMake Manufacturing
ReMake Manufacturing discusses the unflinching truth about design, technology, marketing, and growth within the manufacturing sector. PostProcess CEO Jeff Mize sits down with Sean Redfearn from Redfern Media to discuss new challenges appearing in the manufacturing sector like supply chains and sustainability. They also dive further into the future of manufacturing and how we’re working to digitize manual repetitive tasks so manufacturers can focus their time on more value-adding activities.

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Go beyond the podcast. To delve into the proven automated post-printing technology that Jeff is discussing in these episodes, visit our main site, or explore our white papers.

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