Screening Metal AM Powders – Titanium

The Russell AMPro Sieve Station™ ensures the quality of AM powders before and after the build process

It is important that additive manufacturers screen incoming powders such as titanium, aluminium, stainless steel, copper and other metals, plastics and ceramics to ensure the highest quality before use in production. Utilizing an industrial sieving system ensures contamination and oversized particles are consistently removed, guaranteeing the quality of the powders.

The additive powders which are used during the 3D production process can also be reclaimed and reused. However as these powders may change their physical property in terms of deterioration and oversized particles, it is very important to condition the powders before reuse.

 

This demonstration video shows how the Russell AMPro Sieve Station™ qualifies virgin titanium powder for use in additive manufacturing. The powder is conveyed from the container into the powder handling system, purged with inert gas and is then fed through a high-performance vibratory sieve to ensure there is no contamination. All qualified powder can then be collected for use in production. The entire process can be automated, and the HMI screen clearly displays each operation.

The ease of operation and portable design of the Russell AMPro Sieve Station™ makes it the ideal sieving system for 3D printing powders. An intuitive interactive user interface brings together all elements of the system and allows for a fully programmable one touch operation which minimizes operator involvement. With a compact and mobile design, the system can be easily integrated into existing production processes, and minimal contact parts means quick and easy dismantling and cleaning. The system also allows full containment and can be purged with inert gas.

Established in 1934, Russell Finex has a wealth of experience in supplying leading manufacturers with innovative sieving and filtration solutions. The company has over 85 years of experience in processing metal powders and has worked within the AM industry since its beginning.

To discover how technology such as this titanium powder screening machine can optimize your production process, contact Russell Finex today.

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