3D Printing

3D printing technology, also known as additive manufacturing, creates many possibilities for the future as well as saving time and money in numerous industries

Although there are different ways in which you can print in 3D, for example Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) or Selective Laser Melting (SLM) and Direct Laser Metal Sintering (DLMS), they all require a build-up of layers to create the object.

You can see the layers with the naked eye making the object have a rugged and matt look. The uneven surface can not only be seen but can cause complications when it comes to painting and powder coating. The 3D objects don’t look like traditional manufactured parts after the printing process; this is why many companies who use the additive manufacturing process turn to Vixen to create the desired finish.  

The Vixen Aquablast range of machines ensures a superior finish every time after the blasting process. The wetblasting machines consistently create a smoother uniformed surface finish which enables handling of the parts without the finish being affected. This process also eliminates unwanted media impregnation into the component unlike dry blasting methods. This is a popular feature for 3D printing companies so the overall shape of the parts isn’t affected by the surface treatment process.

The Aquablast range has 3 standard models the 915, 1215 and 1515 with many standard features and optional extras available. Vixen also has the technical capacity to produce bespoke machines, which are specifically tailored to meet the client specifications as 3D printing can vary from one job to another. Vixen can make sure they can tailor any machines to all requirements.

The Agisonic range can also be used to remove any excess building material. When objects are printed in 3D there are a lot of by-products created by the printing machines such as gel, powder or extra layers to keep the object from toppling over during the printing process. This machine provides very intricate cleaning to get in all of the hard to reach areas and remove any unwanted materials. It thoroughly cleans the objects and breaks down the extra layers using the cavitation process.

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