SURFAST®: Feasibility study proves numerous advantages
4 September 2019
In a feasibility study carried out in cooperation with the Hightech Zentrum Aargau AG, different methods for modifying surfaces were compared. This study illustrates why patented SURFAST® technology is a real innovation.
SURFAST®: A novel solution for surface treatment
3D printing offers new, undreamt-of possibilities for the production of small series. What has remained is the need to subsequently treat the surfaces of the produced components, for example, to deburr, polish, remove coatings, or clean them. This can be done in different ways. Jet Clean Systems AG offers a novel solution: the SURFAST® technology.
The feasibility study shows: A real innovation has succeeded
Leendert den Haan, technology, and innovation expert from the Hightech Centre Aargau, launched a feasibility study focusing on the comparison of different methods for modifying surfaces.
The components from additive production based on metal/powder were no longer to be decontaminated and polished conventionally, i.e., in several process steps by vibratory grinding or sandblasting.
Instead, a water jet process lasting only two to three minutes is used. With this process, noise and emissions from conventional technologies can be avoided. Although the water jet contains abrasive additives, the pumps and nozzles of the systems have a long service life, i.e., they work longer without interruption. Besides, water consumption is "extremely low due to the closed, regulated circuit and the process is therefore environmentally friendly," according to Haan.
The right research partner
HTZ expert Haan was able to convince Jet Clean Systems AG of the most suitable research partner after a joint visit: The Institute for Materials Technology and Plastics Processing IWK of the Rapperswil University of Applied Sciences (HSR). In the meantime, the feasibility study co-financed by the HTZ has been completed.
Follow-up project with the IWK
A follow-up project with the IWK (Institute for Materials Technology and Plastics Processing) is already in the planning stage. The focus here is on further improving the surface quality of 3D-printed metallic workpieces in general.
For which industries is the SURFAST® technology suitable?
SURFAST® technology is particularly suitable for toolmaking, the plastics industry, and personalized medical technology products (e.g., implants). In general, this technology promises numerous advantages, especially when manual activities are to be automated or semi-automated in the future.
Have you also recognized the enormous potential of the SURFAST® technology? Then contact us for a non-binding consultation. We look forward to hearing from you.