24 Jul 2024

Automated powder removal

Rivelin Robotics which is entering into a technology partnership with Solukon.

Rivelin Robotics has announced it is working in partnership with Solukon for the progression of advanced automated solutions for the post processing of metal and metal additive manufacturing (AM) applications.

Rivelin and Solukon say they have identified areas where the two companies can collaborate and combine their expertise to develop autonomous post processing solutions that many metal AM users are demanding. The key goals identified by the two companies will align Solukon’s large automated powder removal solution, the SFM-AT800-S, with Rivelin’s precise and reliable robotic solutions for support removal and finishing, featuring Rivelin Netshape software and Yaskawa EU robots.

This system is being driven by customer demand. Both companies say they have identified specific challenges cited by customers, specifying the need for robotic compressed air blasting, localised and targeted vibration to assist with depowdering large parts, robotic sensing solutions to inspect air flow in cleared channels, powder blasting and various media blasting for surface enhancement (eg glass, grit, sand, nitrogen etc).

This reality, in the form of a full concept, working system will be introduced at Formnext 2023, taking place in Frankfurt November 7-10. Rivelin and Solukon will be neighbours on the show floor, at stands E41 and D42, respectively, in Hall 12.0.

Robert Bush, CEO of Rivelin Robotics said: “We’re thrilled to hit the ground running at Formnext with our partner, Solukon. This isn’t just another trade show for us; it marks a year since we debuted, and we’ve made some significant strides. Our Rivelin NetShape Robots have gone from blueprint to reality, and alongside Solukon, we’re crafting automated solutions for post-processing metal AM parts—exactly what the industry’s been calling for. It’s all about delivering real value, and we’re doing it in spades.”

According to Andreas Hartmann, CEO / CTO at Solukon Maschinenbau: “One trend that is emerging in additive manufacturing is that the internal channels and cavities of parts are getting even more complex. Our aerospace customers in particular have exceptionally high requirements and often work with sticky behaviour materials like copper that require advanced automated depowdering. With programmable rotation, targeted vibration and thanks to our SPR-Pathfinder software without any human programming efforts, we also get the aerospace parts powder-free with our Solukon technology in a reliable and repeatable way. A very useful task for an integrated robot in our SFM-AT800-S is a channel cleanliness check with blowing or the removal of powder deposits from the surface of the components. We are very glad to have found this experienced partner for automated finishing in Rivelin.”


Company info: Rivelin Robotics