Preparing Your Facility for Industrial 3D Printing
Understanding what it takes, how to get there, and when to begin preparing for additive manufacturing in-house
Whether you are still considering the pros and cons of implementing additive manufacturing (AM) on your production floor or preparing for system delivery, you need to know what is required of your organization before the actual 3D printer installation.
The 3D printing process can unlock hidden benefits across your application portfolio and increase your production of enhanced parts. Understanding the preparation, the process, and the procedures that are required to set your organization up for success when it comes to bringing industrial 3D printing technology in-house are all part of the journey.
Explore and learn more about facility readiness from the EOS teams who guide our customers through installations each day. We’re here to provide your organization with the best 3D printer tools and insider tips to implementing AM on your shop floor regardless of your familiarity with EOS systems.
Practicing safety around your system
Despite state-of-the-art design and technical measures, there are still risks to operating and housing an industrial 3D printing system if executed incorrectly. Educating your team on the procedures and potential hazards that come with handling print settings or powder is the best way to safely navigate a new piece of machinery on your shop floor. When you purchase an industrial 3D printer, you will receive multiple safety guidelines and operational procedures on how to safeguard your team. Until then, here are a few safety guidelines topics that will be covered when it comes time to install your 3D printing system:
- Metal and polymer material handling: Material handling is important to the environment surrounding the system and the health of your operators. Following proper procedure for material handling will mitigate many of the potential hazards associated with using both types of AM materials.
- Inert and argon gas safety: Inert and argon gas can affect oxygen levels in an enclosed space. Proper disposal and discharge of the gas should be established before using both gasses to power your 3D printer.
- Cleaning equipment: Using the correct cleaning equipment both improves the operation of your AM system and ensures the safety of your team while the system is in use.
- Fire and explosion prevention: Leveraging your AM system safety procedures is required for fire and explosion prevention. Items such as PPE, the antistatic mat, the wet separator, inert gas supply, and proper material storage all play a role in reducing risk.
- Electromagnetic compatibility: EOS systems are ISM devices, which means high-frequency devices such as mobile phones can interfere with operation of the system. Do not operate any equipment that emits high-frequency radiation in the room where the machine is installed.
- Thermal and chemical hazards: The parts and the print bed of your system are hot during the build process, immediately after, and during the cooling period. Wearing your PPE can protect your team against physical contact with a printed part.
- Proper material and liquid disposal: Disposal of metal and polymer powder must be in accordance with the local and national regulations. All rooms in which the machine stands or in which metal powder is stored must also be in accordance with your state.