When filling the printer with virgin or reclaimed metal powder it is very important to minimize employee exposure to the metal powder and its dust as well as automate the process, so it is not entirely dependent on the operator.
In this step virgin or reclaimed metal powder is transported from a sieve/metal barrel or hopper to the printer. Piab Vacuum Conveyors can pick- up powder directly from the barrel and feed the printer – this increases productivity as well as employee safety.
Piab’s vacuum conveying technology can be used very effectively for powder handling within the Additive Manufacturing industry. Our conveyors address main challenges in the industry such as employee safety and exposure to metal powder and dust, cross contamination while meeting CE and ATEX gas and dust requirements. Moreover, our conveyors have a small footprint ensuring the flexibility of placement, not to mention low noise level and easy cleaning.