Ultimaker has launched a new PVA Removal Station to allow for the quick and effective elimination of support material from 3D prints, helping develop prototypes faster.
3D printers that use PVA, or PolyVinyl Alcohol, as a support material require post-processing to remove it, generally achieved by dissolving the PVA for a long period of time in water.
Filled with 13.5 liters of water to dissolve the PVA, its circulation direction changes automatically and the speed can be adjusted as needed, helping reduce the post processing time by ‘up to 75 per cent’.
It comes with a basket and divider to fix prints and to keep them submerged. The saturation indicator shows if water needs changing, and the transparent container allows for a quick view on the dissolving process.
Ultimaker has selected the UK for a limited pre-sale launch ahead of the global launch in July 2022, via its reseller 3DGBIRE.
Ultimaker CEO Jürgen von Hollen has called the PVA Removal Station its “missing link in our end-to-end solution platform”.
He said: “Ultimaker is always looking for ways to remove barriers to 3D printing. To make things easier, remove complexity, give users the reassurance of a successful print. We know that organisations are challenged to bring more complex products to market faster.
“Our new professional PVA Removal Station is the missing link in our end-to-end solution platform, helping designers, engineers, architects, and educators to drive in-house innovation. Our entire 3D printing platform, now including the PVA Removal Station, will allow them to speed up the prototyping and product development processes, enabling safe, quick, and effective PVA removal from even the most complex designs and geometries. It allows teams to visualise quicker approval processes so organisations can run smoother and be smarter,” said Jürgen von Hollen, CEO at Ultimaker.