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New Automation System for Additive Manufacturing

Machine tool manufacturer Sodick has released a new automation system designed for its line of additive manufacturing (AM) systems, the OPM. The Automatic Material Recovery System, or "MRS Unit," largely removes the operator from the powder handling process while also reducing the volume of powder required for processing.

The MRS Unit automatically delivers powder into the OPM's material feeder for use in the AM process. As this powder is processed and delivered to the OPM's powder receptacle, the MRS unit conveys this material back, where the system will sieve it and return it to the OPM's material feeder for processing. By continually recycling powder without the need for human intervention, the MRS Unit allows the OPM to run continuously for up to a week, without human intervention, using just 30 kg of material. This reduced requirement for material-on-hand lowers overhead costs, while greater automation eliminates the most laborious aspects of metal 3-D printing.

Sodick's MRS Automation system is available as a factory option with all new OPM metal 3-D printers. This technology will be on display at Sodick's new headquarters in Chicago.

For more information contact:

Sodick Inc.

601 Commerce Dr.

Schaumburg, IL 60173


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