Software as a Driver of Better Working Conditions
Automation, speed, quality and cost reduction are all important drivers for improving the 3D printing process, but business isn’t all about money. It’s also about people. And everyone involved in Metal AM knows that HSE (Health, Safety and Environment) is a big issue for machine operators since the powder trapped in regular support structures is released during support removal and can enter the lungs of the operator.
The open diamond structure of the supports generated by Materialise e-Stage doesn’t just make it possible to recover larger amounts of expensive metal powder, it also significantly reduces the risks related to HSE. No trapped powder in the support structure means no loose powder in the working area.
“We are very concerned with the health of our machine operators and this type of support structure significantly improves their working conditions since hardly any powder is captured inside. We are very happy that Materialise keeps developing solutions that improve our daily lives. We started using their software since 1993 and we are still satisfied about working with them.”
- Mr. Barret, AM manager of volum-e