Additive Manufacturing Material Handling System - Airdusco

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Additive Manufacturing Material Handling and Recovery System

Additive Manufacturing Material Handling System

Technical Information Load, Unload, Screen and Return-to-Use Metal Powders with High Bulk Densities at High Rates

Pickup location – Material source varies depending on the application

Non-Inert Systems • Drums • Bag dump • IBCs • Containers

Inert Systems • Glove box area of the machine • Inert containers

Vacuum Transfer Area – Delivery or recovery A range of vacuum conveying units are available to of unused material provide the capacity and rates required for your process. • Receiver and integrated screener return-to-use station • With or without oversize material discharge option • Controlled continuous discharge via double valve assembly • Includes receiver, primary filters, gas management valve assembly with initial purge cycle, HEPA 14 secondary filter, closed loop piping, vacuum generation pump, gas measurement instrumentation Product Delivery Area – Use or storage point • Additive manufacturing machine inlet or hopper • IBC • Drum Sizing – Varies with application • Unit shown is a VS250 (250 mm diameter) with VS350 ultrasonic internal 63µ screen (other sizes available) • Size and rate are application based • Vacuum pump type and size is confirmed following testing • Filtration system primary continuous clean cycle, alternating filters • Secondary HEPA 14 Filter • Powder-lock discharge double-valve option • Conveying rate based on stainless steel powder (500 kg/hr) Product Change – Cleaning between material changes • Projected changeover time between materials is approximately 30 minutes (assumes a contained environment for metal powders such as chrome), based on techniques developed to clean automobile parts and extensive applications experience in the pharmaceutical and food processing industries

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VOLKMANN, Inc. 1900 Frost Road | Suite 102 | Bristol, PA 19007 609.265.0101 | Fax: 609.265.0110 | eMail: [email protected]

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Additive Manufacturing Material Handling and Recovery System

Typical Loading and Unloading Application

Vacuum Conveyor

Load. Unload. Return to Use.

Mobile or Fixed Support

The Additive Manufacturing Material Handling System (AMMHAS) is designed to enhance the new technology of additive manufacturing machines when handling metal powders or toxic materials. Consisting of three elements, the Volkmann AMMHAS addresses the need to transfer material to the machine — both in a normal air environment or under an inert gas — recover the unused material, screen it, and finally return the material to the machine or a container for future use.

Ultrasonic Screener

Inert Gas or Normal Atmosphere Two options are provided (both with high levels of containment) to meet requirements due to potential environmental issues, operator safety, and applications using inert gases. Where inert transfer is required, the system is designed in a “closed loop” so that inert gas is both contained and reused, avoiding the additional cost of large volumes of inert gas. In this version, a special configuration gas-tight electric pump is used to maintain system temperature and containment.

Figure 2. Schematic showing raw material loading and return to use, as well as build box unloading.

Control Boxes Optional Mobile Base

Figure 3. An AMMHAS Non-inert Recovery and Screening Station — available as either a mobile unit or a fixed floor-mounted assembly.

Metal Powders Successfully Conveyed With Volkmann Conveyors Figure 1. Inert gas variant.

Trials Throughput, performance of the conveyor, and screening system throughput will depend on the product characteristics. Because of this, Volkmann recommends that trials on the respective material be conducted in advance at our test facility. Please cont