Ultrasonic Cleaning Machines Handle 3D-Printed Parts


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Omegasonics’ 1900BTX ultrasonic cleaning machines feature two cleaning technologies: a water agitation cleaning process and ultrasonic cavitation, each operating independently to facilitate a thorough, yet gentle, cleaning process. 3D printer distributor Plural Additive Manufacturing is offering the machines to its customers to assist with removing support material from 3D-printed parts.

The ultrasonic cleaning process generates cavitation energy inside the bath, creating its own internal pressure that dissolves the support structure of 3D-printed parts. A magnetic drive pump system allows for controlled agitation so parts are not damaged. The tank flow and heat are both adjustable, because different materials require different pressures and temperatures, Omegasonics says. In addition, the agitation tank features a directional spray nozzle that lets the user spray parts directly and precisely.

In addition, Plural has developed BioSolv, a biodegradable, non-hazardous detergent that speeds up the process of removing delicate support material and when used in conjunction with the ultrasonic cleaner.

The 1900BTX is an enhancement to the 1900BT model, a 20-gallon, plug-and-play unit that is a hybrid between traditional benchtop cleaners and portable floor models. It has a low-profile design and insulated tank, which makes it compact and quiet enough to function in an office setting, the company says.