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Industrial part and powder management
Industrial part and powder management
Additive production system

Industrial part and powder management

Optimal powder handling for maximum productivity

Additive production system

Industrial part and powder management

TruPrint 2000 with powder preparation station

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TruPrint components for powder and parts handling

Optimal handling of the powder and components is crucial for additive series production on an industrial scale. The industrial part and powder management from TRUMPF enables you to increase productivity and profitability in your production operations as setup and powder removal on one or more TruPrint machines can be performed parallel to production.

You benefit from the highest possible degree of flexibility due to the modular construction and the use of standard interfaces. The central components in this regard are the unpacking station, the sieving station/powder preparation station, and the powder silos. These devices are suitable for several machines simultaneously, and can be used on TruPrint series machines as well as your entire industrial production line. As a result, you can easily set up powder, build, and parts processes to run in parallel.

High productivity

Setup and powder removal are performed parallel to production, which increases productivity and profitability.

Clean production

The closed powder circuit ensures a clean, safe production environment at all times

Short throughput times

Benefit from the high degree of automation and high outputs, even when handling large powder volumes.

Great flexibility

With the modular construction and the use of standard interfaces, you benefit from utmost flexibility for your production operations.

Powder handling under shielding gas

The inert powder handling meets increased requirements when it comes to quality and the obligation to provide proof.

Industrial part and powder management for TruPrint machines from TRUMPF
Using the exchangeable cylinder principle, you can reduce the downtime and non-productive time of your additive production system, while increasing your productivity at the same time.
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Modular system for industrial additive manufacturing using TRUMPF products from part and powder management
Modular system for your TruPrint machines

All industrial part and powder management components can be combined as part of a modular system. This means you can combine the ideal machine and components to ensure reliable powder and parts handling in your specific industrial production scenario. We would be glad to help you select the most suitable TruPrint machines and versions of the various industrial part and powder management products.

Processes that run in parallel due to industrial part and powder management from TRUMPF
Run your processes in parallel

You can easily set up powder, build, and parts processes to run in parallel. The industrial part and powder process components are based on a closed powder circuit. This means you have a clean and safe production environment, and also save time.

Separation of building and powder processes

Benefit from safe handling due to the simple separation of powder and production areas for your industrial series production. You can also use the components of the industrial part and powder management for several TruPrint machines.

Exchangeable cylinder principle on the TruPrint machines from TRUMPF
Exchangeable cylinder principle

Fully utilize your machine: As a result of the integrated exchangeable cylinder principle, your setup times are shorter, and you can increase your productivity at the same time. While the TruPrint machine prints parts, powder can be sieved into the supply cylinder and the build cylinder set up. Once the build job is complete, the build cylinder and supply cylinder are exchanged for the prepared cylinders – and the machine continues producing directly. The build cylinder is brought into the unpacking station with the components in the powder bed, and freed from the powder ergonomically there.

Double lid principle

Reduce time and costs due to a machine that ensures inert conditions end to end: Before the build/supply cylinder is removed, the cylinder is closed using the cylinder lid. So that the process chamber remains inert when opened and the cylinder is removed, another lid – the process chamber lid – is used to seal it. This means that production can continue directly once another cylinder has been brought in.

Short overview     
Functional overview

Unpacking station for reliable, external unpacking of components in a glove box by extracting the powder

Vibration sieve machine with ultrasonic cleaning incl. vacuum conveyor, scale, and electrical cabinet for filling the supply cylinders

Standardized storage and transport container

Powder preparation station for supplying and sieving the powder

Contents

Glove box with glove ports
Illumination of work area
Electrical lift axis
Rotary bearing
Control

Sieve machine
Scale
Electrical cabinet
Oxygen sensor (optional)

Powder silo incl. pipe bend with air supply
Modular expansions available
Oxygen sensor (optional)

Sieve machine
Scale
Powder protection cover

Compatibility

TruPrint 3000
TruPrint 5000

TruPrint 2000
TruPrint 3000
TruPrint 5000

TruPrint 3000
TruPrint 5000

TruPrint 2000
TruPrint 3000
TruPrint 5000

Performance data     
Sieve capacity - Up to approx. 100 l/h; ~ 400 kg/h 3 - Up to approx. 15 l/h; ~ 50 kg/h 3
Sieve insert - Sieve surface 2800 cm2; 63 μm mesh size 4 - Sieve surface 600 cm2; 63 μm mesh size 4
Capacity 1 bis ca. 100 l/h bis ca. 100 l/h bis ca. 100 l/h -
Volume of powder containers Not relevant - Silo volume: 30/80/130/180 l -
Connection and consumption     
Electrical connection (voltage) 325 - 525 V 208 - 550 / 230 - 400 V - 100 - 230 V
Electrical connection (current intensity) 16 A 16 A - 7.5 / 3.5 A
Electrical connection (line frequency) 50 Hz / 60 Hz 50 Hz / 60 Hz - 50 Hz / 60 Hz
Compressed air 7 bar 6 bar 6 bar -
Shielding gas - Argon, nitrogen (optional) Argon, nitrogen (optional) Argon, nitrogen (optional)
Structural design     
Work area (W x H x D) 990 mm x 965 mm x 990 mm - - -
Dimensions (W x H x D) 1100 mm x 2100 mm x 1000 mm 2000 mm x 2300 mm x 1000 mm 670 mm x 1600 mm x 600 mm 1008 mm x 2063 mm x 776 mm
Weight 750 kg 500 kg max. 800 kg 2 260 kg
Powder removal station, TruPrint 3000

Powder removal station

The powder removal station reliably supplies new metal powder to the 3D printing circuit without any contact with the operator. Components without any contact with the powder can also be separated from the powder bed outside the machine, which improves machine availability. Due to the exchangeable cylinder principle on the TruPrint machines (TruPrint 3000 and TruPrint 5000), the build cylinder can easily be moved into the powder removal station directly after the LMF process. The suction nozzles are optimized to meet requirements and actuated using gloves. They enable even complex components to be cleaned easily. This avoids direct contact with the powder. Optimal access to the station is also provided due to the rotating build cylinder and an electrical lift drive.

Sieve station with vacuum conveyor, TruPrint 3000

Sieve station with vacuum conveyor

The sieving station provides a highly productive, automatic sieving process with ultrasonic cleaning for industrial metal powder applications. The high degree of automation means the station can be operated unattended. You benefit from a high sieve throughput rate with consistent powder quality due to the large sieve surface and the automated supply of powder on a vacuum conveyor. With the integrated vacuum conveyor, you can also sieve from any container and fill the desired container as required using the weigh-in function. If you need to reliably extract or add large volumes of powder, the vacuum conveyor is the ideal solution for you. It can quickly be attached to the sieving station. What's more, the integrated auxiliary HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter ensures a very high level of safety for operators and the environment. For customers with greater requirements when it comes to powder management, sieving with (inert) shielding gas is available as an option – either with argon or nitrogen with 1%, 3% or 5% residual oxygen. Here you are provided with an installation kit including oxygen sensor, as well as the expansion of the user interface for the control and monitoring of the change in the shielding gas over time during the sieving process. Due to the modular periphery, you can also retrofit the option at a later point in time.

Silos for storing the powder, TruPrint products periphery

Powder silo

With the powder silo, you can reliably and efficiently store, transport, and fill large powder quantities in a standard container. You can tailor the volume to your needs and select from three sizes (30, 80, and 130 liters). The powder silo can be adapted with utmost flexibility to meet the needs of your specific application. The basic container can easily be expanded by fitting clamps, which can quickly be removed for cleaning purposes. Furthermore, the powder silo is easy to transport using the standard pallet jack. The vacuum conveyor can also be attached to the powder silo in order to easily and reliably extract and add large quantities of powder. Powder storage under shielding gas is also an option. This way, you can regulate and inspect the change in the shielding gas over time during storage. Up to three silos can therefore be monitored in parallel using the testing log. Due to the modular periphery, you can also easily retrofit the option at a later point in time.

Powder preparation station

The inert machine concept of the TruPrint 2000 with powder preparation station, provides extremely easy powder and parts handling under shielding gas. The closed circuit means that contact with the powder is effectively avoided, and a high level of occupational safety provided. The material also does not degrade due to the minimal contact with oxygen. The powder preparation station can be used for several machines from the TruPrint Series at the same time.

Closed powder circuit

The right powder for your application

The industrial part and powder management components are based on a closed powder circuit. As a result, you can set up powder, build, and parts handling processes to run in parallel, and can ensure a clean, safe production environment.

TRUMPF metal powder for industrial production in the field of additive manufacturing

The TRUMPF range includes powders from the areas of stainless steel, tool steel, and titanium, for example. TRUMPF can supply the ideal metal powder and corresponding parameters for your specific application.

This product range and information may vary depending on the country. Subject to changes to technology, equipment, price and range of accessories. Please get in touch with your local contact person to find out whether the product is available in your country.

Footnotes
  • in conjunction with vacuum conveyor
  • Permissible filled weight, tare weight 35 kg
  • depending on the material
  • further mesh sizes on request (80 µm, 100 µm)

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