Ultimaker announced that its customers in the UK will be among the first to have access to its new PVA removal station before its official launch this summer.
The post-processing unit, which was unveiled at the Ultimaker Showcase in October, will be available for limited pre-sale through a UK and Irish retailer. 3DGBIRE ahead of its global market launch in July. Ultimaker claims the product will “further enhance the user experience” and enable “efficient post-processing with peace of mind.”
The PVA Removal Station was developed to simplify the removal of PVA support material from parts produced on Ultimaker’s polymer extrusion-based 3D printers. The process is chemical-free and uses water to dissolve the support material within hours. The water circulates using a magnetic rotor and changes direction every two minutes to remove media from hard-to-reach cavities at a speed that would be four times faster than removing media using ‘Still water. The station promises a clean workflow with minimal operator intervention and is equipped with a basket and divider to keep prints in place and fully submerged.
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Speaking at the product unveiling last year, Ultimaker CEO Jürgen von Hollen said: “Our entire 3D printing platform, now including the PVA removal station, will enable them to accelerate prototyping and product development processes, enabling safe, fast and efficient PVA. removal of even the most complex designs and geometries. It empowers teams to visualize faster approval processes so organizations can run smoother and be smarter. »
Ultimaker, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2021, has gradually grown its 3D printing ecosystem with new software products, materials and partnerships. Last week, the company also announced a collaboration with CASTOR which will see the integration of CASTOR’s 3D printed part screening software with Ultimaker’s Digital Factory platform.
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