The new systems can serve up to six different 3D printers at the same time.

Kevin Cronin, Editor-in-Chief

April 3, 2024

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Volkmann USA is introducing its vHub 250 metal powder storage system. Volkmann Inc.

Additive manufacturing equipment manufacturer Volkmann USA is introducing  its vHub 250 metal powder storage system.

A versatile powder storage buffer for both pre- and post-processing, the vHub 250 features an inline holding container that can be installed upstream of a 3D printer as a reliable powder supply and downstream of a 3D printer to collect and hold excess metal powder from a build box after printing. The collected metal powder may be sieved and stored or returned to the printer for reprocessing.

     

Serving up to six different 3D printers at the same time, the vHub 250 includes an 8.8-cu-ft stainless steel hopper and touch-screen controls with integrated pneumatic vacuum conveyor for safe, smooth, dust-free powder transfer. The vHub is ATEX-certified as explosion-proof, disassembles without tools for fast, easy cleaning, and stands on a compact footprint of less than 11.1 sq ft.

     

Operating as a stand-alone unit or within a closed-loop system, the vHub is suitable for tungsten, cobalt, silver powder, iron, stainless steel, alumina, nickel chrome, copper, titanium, and other metallic powders in both normal air environments and under inert conditions as an option. The vHub marks the company's latest in a slate of equipment introductions for automating metal powder handling, transfer, and reprocessing in metal 3D printing.

     

Volkmann Inc., Bristol, PA 609-265-0101 www.volkmannusa.com

 

About the Author(s)

Kevin Cronin

Editor-in-Chief, Powder & Bulk Solids

Kevin Cronin has been editor-in-chief, Powder & Bulk Solids, for 30 years. For several years, he also edited food and chemical industry publications. He received a B.A. in communications—with a concentration in journalism—from the University of Scranton, Scranton, PA, in 1988.

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