SMART, or ‘Support Material Automatic Removal Technology’, works seamlessly with all XJet Carmel additive manufacturing (AM) systems, automating the removal of the award-winning soluble support material and eliminating dependency on operator expertise.
The SMART station is a new system to automate the post-processing of XJet parts. The equipment provides the last link in the chain for automated end-to-end AM using XJet NanoParticle Jetting.
The easy-to-use water-based system has a selection of programmes – differing by water level, flow rate and other parameters – to suit any given tray of parts. Using intelligent algorithms, the SMART system suggests the appropriate programme.
‘The SMART station delivers the final missing link in AM,’ asserted Dror Danai, XJet CBO. ‘Now XJet’s award-winning soluble support material becomes even easier to remove, making part production really easy and allowing virtually any geometry as water can access even the smallest channels that XJet ultra high-quality printing enables.
‘This is all part of XJet’s drive to support manufacturers in a true production environment. XJet technology is designed for manufacturers who want to build better parts for real-world applications. We examine the whole workflow to see what can be done to reduce production time, minimise operational costs, and ensure the premium quality of parts is repeatable.’
XJet’s soluble support material works with all its ceramic and metal build materials. The ability to gently melt away the support ensures any ultra-fine details and complex geometries of parts are preserved throughout the post-processing process. The introduction of end-to-end automation – from support generation to support removal – allows manufacturers to produce premium quality parts, with all the benefits of AM.