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PostProcess 3D Printed Advanced Polymers Support Removal Guide

Guide to Post-Printing Advanced Polymers: Support Removal Challenges & Technology Opportunities. Learn more about the current state of post-processing techniques for 3D printed advanced polymers, including FDM, SLA and Polyjet, and innovations for optimizing the critical support removal step to enable full-scale production.

Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, has revolutionized the process of industrial design, prototyping, and production. Applying additive manufacturing technology has made a reality of creating products and components with geometries never before thought possible. To maintain geometric accuracy during the build, these parts are often created with a sacrificial build-in-place fixture, commonly called a support material structure. In order to render the part usable, the support structure must be completely removed. This is a critical but often overlooked step in bridging the gap between the print stage and end use.

The great innovation of 3D printing has born incredible advancements as a part of the 4th industrial revolution, but also a new set of challenges: how to efficiently and effectively post-process these geometries to enable large-scale production. This key question becomes even more urgent as the average 3D printer production speed is expected to increase by 88% by 2023, exponentially increasing volume capabilities that will further exacerbate the post-print support removal bottleneck if not properly addressed. This white paper discusses the critical considerations and solutions for post-print support removal of the most popular 3D print material, polymers.

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