As the global leaders in automated post-printing for additive manufacturing, our transformative innovations have warranted the filing of over 50 patent applications worldwide. These pending patent applications encompass the software, hardware, and chemistry elements of our full-stack solutions across several technology families, developed for every type of 3D print technology. Read on to learn more about our granted patents, and the impact our technology is making to help users reach production scale as we strive to complete additive’s digital thread.
U.S. Patent No. 10,850,449
“Method and Apparatus for Support Removal Using Directed Atomized and Semi-Atomized Fluid”
Granted on December 1, 2020, this U.S. patent covers our Volumetric Velocity Dispersion (VVD) technology found in our DECI and BASE solutions, most often used for finishing Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) printed parts. Unlike anything else on the market, our VVD technology implements a high-volume, low-pressure spray method to quickly remove support materials from intricate 3D printed polymer parts while keeping their shapes intact.
Controlled by our proprietary software and leveraging our patent-pending chemistries, our testing has shown that this technology enables a 73% average decrease in cycle time compared with a standard tank solution, save additive manufacturing operations significant time and money. Counterparts of this patent are currently pending worldwide.
U.S. Patent No. 10,737,440
“Apparatus and Method for Support Removal”
Our Submersed Vortex Cavitation (SVC) technology was officially granted a U.S. patent on August 11, 2020. Utilized in our popular DEMI 200, DEMI 400 Series, DEMI 800 Series, and DEMI 4000 Series support and resin removal solutions, SVC serves as a revolutionary software-driven alternative to traditional submersion tanks or blasting. In this technology, 3D printed parts are uniformly, consistently, and reliably exposed to our optimized, patent-pending detergent as they undergo post-printing by ultrasonic generated cavitations, manned by our vortex pumping scheme.
In testing, the SVC technology has been shown to enable an average breakage rate of a mere 0.1%, compared to an average 3% during the water-blasting process. SVC is revolutionary for improving additive workflow efficiencies, as well as maintaining the integrity of parts. Counterparts of this patent are currently pending worldwide.
U.S. Patent No. 11,110,661
“Self-Modifying Process for Support Removal Using Calibrated Resonant Frequency”
This patent, granted on September 7, 2021, covers the PostProcess AUTOMAT3D® software technology. The AUTOMAT3D® software, which is an integral part of all PostProcess systems, senses the progress of post-processing in real-time, and makes adjustments to the energy, agitation, temperature, and other operating parameters. This technology provides optimal part finishing results efficiently and consistently. Read more about the capabilities of our software platforms here.
Registration Number: 5,797,326
PostProcess was granted the trademark registration of AUTOMAT3D® on July 9, 2019. AUTOMAT3D is the brand name of the proprietary software within every PostProcess® solution. Most notably, AUTOMAT3D controlled software controls each system’s Agitation Algorithms, which function to boost productivity and minimize breakage by intuitively varying agitation intensities, temperatures, process time, and other process factors on a part-by-part basis.
AUTOMAT3D control software can be accessed on each PostProcess machine via a user-friendly interface. Read more on our pioneering software initiatives here.
Registration Number: 6,240,130
CONNECT3D® was officially registered to PostProcess Technologies as a trademarked name on January 5, 2021. The CONNECT3D solution is an Industry 4.0 solution and stands as PostProcess’s most groundbreaking software innovation. This technology is the first of its kind to connect additive manufacturing’s digital thread beyond the design and print steps. The software allows the PostProcess® automated solutions to leverage a part’s native CAD-file or 3D printer sliced files, automatically defining the necessary requirements and algorithms for post-printing. Having been developed for a wide range of materials including metals and polymers, CONNECT3D solution is extremely versatile and imports most native CAD formats.
Explore all that there is to learn about the CONNECT3D solution here.