The SLM®HUB utilizes a linear axis to drive
build cylinders internally between four integrated stations and directly into
or out of the SLM®800 machine. The four stations allow an automated de-packing
of the part out of the cylinder under inert gas, atmosphere to maintain
powder quality. All recovered powder is returned to the powder supply
where it will be used in the next build.
Pulling Station - Full cylinders are
pulled from the machine and transported to the depowder station.
Depowder Station - Build cylinders are
turned over to pour out loose powder. Once the loose powder is removed the cylinder
is vibrated to remove any powder that might be trapped within the part.
Merge Station - Operators can insert
blank build plates into the HUB or remove powder-free parts ready for post
Parking Station - Build plates are
heated up and full build cylinders are cooled down