Volkmann (Bristol, PA) announces a next generation system for additive manufacturing, PowTReX, designed specifically to eliminate needless waste of costly metal powders and avoid risks when handling metal powders or toxic materials while keeping the manufacturing operation running at peak efficiency. It does so by providing safe transfer, recovery and extraction and return-to-use of materials with high bulk densities at high rates. Specifically:
- PowTReX is capable of handling metals and materials such as tungsten, cobalt, silver powder, iron, stainless steel, alumina, nickel chrome, copper, chrono K20, carbide dust, corundum and G.62 with bulk densities ranging from 93 to 341 lbs/ft3.
- It operates at throughputs of above 1100 lbs/hr for stainless steel, and above 660 lbs/hr for aluminum powder.
- The unit works in both a normal air environment and under an inert gas.
- Where inert transfer is required, the system is designed in a “closed loop” so that inert gas is both contained and reused, avoiding the additional cost of large volumes of inert gas. temperature and containment.