Omegasonics, a manufacturer of ultrasonic cleaning systems, announced Plural Additive Manufacturing, the North American distributor for industrial 3D printers manufactured by 3ntr, is offering Omegasonics 1900BTX ultrasonic cleaning machines to those purchasing its 3D printers to assist with removing support material.
Omegasonics’ 1900BTX is an enhancement to Omegasonics’ 1900BT, a 20-gallon, Plug & Play unit that is a hybrid between traditional bench top cleaners and portable floor models. It has a low-profile design and insulated tank which make the unit compact and quiet enough to function in an office setting. This model features two cleaning technologies, a water agitation cleaning process and ultrasonic cavitation. Each operates independently to facilitate a more thorough, yet gentle, cleaning process.
The 1900BTX features a magnetic drive pump system that allows for agitation, similar to a jacuzzi, whereby the turbulence is controlled so parts are not damaged. Inside the tank, the part flows circularly which helps dissolve the temporary support structure around the part. The flow and heat are both adjustable because different materials require different pressures and temperatures. In addition, the water agitation tank features a directional spray nozzle that lets the user spray parts directly and precisely.
The ultrasonic cleaning process generates cavitation energy inside the bath which creates its own internal pressure that dissolves the support structure for the parts.
Plural has developed BioSolv, a biodegradable, non-hazmat cleaning detergent that speeds up the process of removing delicate support material and when used in conjunction with the dual-action 1900BTX:
- Hand cleaning is eliminated
- Precision 3D object parts are never damaged
- Cleaning detergent is much safer than sodium hydroxide
- Cleaning times improved by over 30% than by cleaning with Sodium hydroxide