May 16, 2020

Solukon partners with Siemens to unveil new 3D printing system

Digital Transformation
Sean Galea-Pace
2 min
Solukon Maschinenbau GmbH has collaborated with Siemens to launch an advanced depowdering system that specializes in metal powder bed fusion.
The Germany-based 3D printing post processing solutions specialist, Solukon Maschinenbau GmbH, has teamed up with automation giants, Siemens, to unveil...

The Germany-based 3D printing post processing solutions specialist, Solukon Maschinenbau GmbH, has teamed up with automation giants, Siemens, to unveil an advanced depowdering system that focuses on metal powder bed fusion, TCT Magazine reports.

It has been reported that “the new SFM-AT800S system provides the latest developments in smart functionality for the removal of metal powder trapped in free designed parts which contain complex internal channels”, according to TCT Magazine.

“We strongly support this improved powder removal system,” said Dr. Christoph Kiener, principal scientist at Siemens. “Powder-free, high-quality AM parts, occupational health and safety, as well as environmental topics regarding waste avoidance and powder reuse are very important for Siemens to process advanced designs also in our post-processing activities.”

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The system possesses two servo-motorises and endless rotating axes which enables the ability of moving the part across any three-dimensional contour.

Created by Solukon in partnership with Siemens, the SFM-AT800S was developed in order to help increase the cleaning results of high complexity AM parts including heat exchangers and infusion nozzles.

It has been revealed that Siemens has already started utilising Solukon systems for powder removal and has begun research on intelligent software that holds the ability to track internal channels using the CAD file to automatically monitor optimal movement of the depowdering system whilst cleaning.

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Jun 8, 2021

IMF: Variants Can Still Hurt Manufacturing Recovery

Elise Leise
3 min
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) claims that while markets are rising and manufacturing is coming back, it’ll push for global immunisation

After a year of on-and-off manufacturing in the US, UK, and the eurozone, demand for goods surged early last week. Factories set growth records in April and May, suppliers started to recover, and US crude hit its highest price point since pre-COVID. As vaccination efforts immunise much of the US and UK populations, manufacturers are now able to fully ramp up their supply chains. In fact, GDP growth could approach double-digits by 2022

Now, the ISM productivity measure has surpassed the 50-point mark that separates industry expansion from contraction. Since U.S. president Biden passed his US$1.9tn stimulus package and the UK purchasing managers index (PMI) increased to 65.6, both sides of the Atlantic are facing a much-welcomed manufacturing recovery. 

Lingering Concerns Over COVID

Even as Spain, France, Italy, and Germany race to catch up, and mining companies pushed the FTSE 100 index of list shares to a monthly high of 7,129, some say that UK and US markets still suffer from a lack of confidence in raw material supplies. Yes, the Dow Jones has made up its 19,173-point crash of March 2020, and MSCI’s global stock index is at an all-time high. 

Yet manufacturers around the world realise that these wins will be short-lived until pandemic supply chain bottlenecks are solved. If we keep the status quo, consumers will pay the price. In April, inflation in Germany reached 2.4%, and across the EU’s 19 member countries, overall prices have increased at an unusual pace. Some ask: Is this true recovery? 

IMF: Current Boom Could Falter

Even as Elon Musk tweeted about chip shortages forcing Tesla to raise its prices, UK mining demand skyrocketed; housing markets lifted; and the pound sterling gained value. The International Monetary Fund (IMF), however, cautioned that manufacturing recovery won’t last long if COVID mutates into forms our vaccinations can’t touch. Kristalina Georgieva, Washington’s IMF director, noted that fewer than 1% of African citizens have been vaccinated: “Worldwide access to vaccines offers the best hope for stopping the coronavirus pandemic, saving lives, and securing a broad-based economic recovery”. 

Across the globe, manufacturing companies are keeping a watchful eye on new developments in the spread of COVID. Though US FDA officials don’t think we’ll have to “start at square one” with new vaccines, the March 2021 World Economic Outlook states that “high uncertainty” surrounds the projected 6% global growth. Continued manufacturing success will in large part depend on “the path of the pandemic, the effectiveness of policy support, and the evolution of financial conditions”. 

Mathias Cormann, secretary-general of the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) concurred—without global immunisation, the estimated economic boom expected by 2025 could go kaput. “We need to...pursue an all-out effort to reach the entire world population”, Australia’s finance minister added. US$50bn to end COVID across the world, they imply, is a small investment to restart our economies.

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