Solukon Maschinenbau GmbH, Augsburg, Germany, has announced that it’s working with Lortek in Ordizia, Spain, to depowder complex additively manufactured titanium parts that have been developed in the FLOWCAASH European project. The FLOWCAASH project aims to solve a problem in the aircraft industry by developing a flow control actuator part to reduce carbon dioxide emissions using additive manufacturing versus traditional methods. The part has a challenging design that’s suited to additive manufacturing. Lortek produces the part and the remaining powder after additive manufacturing is removed by Solukon’s Smart Powder Recuperation (SPR), which provides programmable part pivoting around two spatial axes. The SPR adjustable frequency allows for small openings and channels to be cleaned, an important step before downstream thermal processing.
Solukon makes peripheral post-processing equipment for additive manufacturing technologies. Lortek is a private technological center certified as an agent of the Basque Network for Science Technology and Innovation, a member of the Basque Research & Technology Alliance, and a cooperative forming part of the Mondragon Corp., which specializes in manufacturing and digitization for industry to improve competitiveness and sustainability.