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There are many different ways in which you can print in 3D with the most popular being Selective Laser Sintering or Selective Laser Melting. Both of these methods require a build-up of lasers to create the object which can be seen by the naked eye.

As you can see the layers, this gives the object a rugged/ matt look and the uneven surface can not only be seen but can cause complications when painting and powder coating. After the 3D printing process, the parts don’t look like traditionally manufactured parts, so companies turn to Vixen to create the desired finish.

Not only do the 3D printed objects have lines but they also have a lot of excess building material to stop the 3D printed parts from toppling over during the printing process. A lot of companies have come to Vixen for the need to remove this excess material and the Agisonic machines can do the job perfectly.

The Vixen Agisonic Range of machines creates the cavitation process breaking down the extra layers. The cavitation process is the loosening of debris on the surface which is not simply soluble in hot water. The Agisonic machines can also be used to clean all of the heard to reach areas and remove any unwanted materials.

The Vixen Aquablast range of machines can also be beneficial for the 3D printing process, to smooth out the lines on the objects. The Aquablast range has 3 standard models the 915, 1215 and 1515 with many standard features and optional extras available. The wet blasting machines use water mixed with abrasive to create a slurry which consistently creates a smoother uniformed surface finish. The water act as a lubricant so there is no unwanted media impregnation, unlike dry blasting methods.

Vixen also has the technical capacity to produce bespoke machinery, which is specifically tailored to meet the client specifications as 3D printing can vary from one job to another. Vixen can make sure they tailor any machines to all requirements.


X-FAB

X-FAB Texas, USA

Since using the Aquablast 915, parts are cleaned in half the time. The machine runs much cleaner and efficient. We have drastically reduced waste and our turnaround time has improved.

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