Additive manufacturing, the creation of 3-D solid objects by using a series of layered materials, allows the production of complex individual components from various materials like plastic, nickel alloys, titanium, stainless steel and precious metals. However, the surface finish of parts created with additive manufacturing frequently does not meet expectations.
Rösler GmbH is among the international market leader companies in the production of surface finishing, shot blasting machines, painting systems and preservation lines as well as process technology for the rational surface finishing (deburring, descaling, sand removal, polishing, grinding…) of metals and other components. Besides the German plants in Untermerzbach and Bad Staffelstein, the Rösler Group has branches in Great Britain, France, Italy, The Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Romania, Russia, Serbia, China, India, Brazil and USA.
Additive technologies permit the creation of shapes and geometries, which are not possible with any other production method, but in most cases users have to sacrifice surface finish for this kind of freedom. This opens an exciting new application for mass finishing methods for the intensive or very gentle surface smoothing of such components. The adaptation to particular workpiece geometries and surface requirements can be achieved by the development of tailor-made finishing solutions. Rösler’s test and development center will assist customers in resolving any surface finishing issues with this new manufacturing technology.