In some previous blog posts I’ve talked about reducing or entirely deleting support material off of a model. However, in most cases your parts are still going to need support material on them. Up until recently the only real option for support removal has been an agitation bath. The agitation bath is still a good and viable method for removal, but it can and has been improved on.
ALMCO, a leader in post-processing and finishing equipment, has developed a new machine for fast and efficient removal of 3D printing soluble support material. Using water jetting, rather than a submersion bath, the soluble support is removed exponentially faster than traditional soaking methods, all while reducing the amount of liquid absorbed into the part. Overall the jetting reduces time for part cleaning and drying.
The ALMCO cleaning station is a must-have for companies producing large complex parts. The active jetting and part turntable allow for the wash solution to hit every angle of the part, drastically reducing processing time on any size part.
The machine fits well with direct digital manufacturing workflows. The washing process is automated, just place your parts in and press start. The ability to wash hundreds of parts at once and in less time than ever before is an enormous advantage. Post-processing of Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) parts has long been a time-consuming and laborious process; with the ALMCO soluble support removal station companies can produce and clean more end-use parts in less time.