Optical Identification System for safer material handling

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Optical Identification System

At Wematter, we are constantly working on the development of our products and our main focus remains always user-friendliness and safety. It should be easy and safe to use the SLS 3D printer Gravity ecosystem. With this in mind, and to further support decentralized production models, we are now launching an Optical Identification System. This feature will make sure that the user fills the 3D printer with the correct powder material.

Built-in reader that scans and alerts

The new Optical Identification System reads the type of material the user wants to load into the printer. The SLS 3D printer Gravity uses a built-in reader to quickly scan whether the user’s choice of powder pack matches the machine’s preset powder material. If the two matches, the machine gives the green light to continue filling. The safe powder filling system is both open and encrypted, meaning the open part is the one that gives a green or red light. The encrypted part is inside Gravity and detects that there is nothing wrong with the packaging, e.g. it is our original packaging and our Aurora material with which the user fills the machine. 

A step in our vision to decentralize additive manufacturing

The Aurora powder packs with materials will now carry a QR code that is unique to each material.

“The launch of the Optical Identification System is a step in our vision to decentralize additive manufacturing. The fact that a development office or an industry can have several Gravity printers with different materials is important for our international journey. With this launch, we make our users more confident managing production processes, in particular the material, but also the whole Gravity ecosystem. Ease of use and safety are two priority areas for Wematter, and I am proud that we are launching this solution now”, said Robert Kniola, founder, and CEO of Wematter.

Refilling powder

Thanks to a built-in scanner, the SLS Gravity 2022 3D printer quickly reads each package to ensure that it matches the preset powder material.

After the above check, the filling of the machine is done in the same way as before through a patented system where the user mounts the powder pack in the loading hatch and turns it 180 degrees. The Gravity then automatically fills the powder without the user coming into contact with it.

If you want to know more about this or would like to know more about the Gravity SLS 3D printer and ecosystem, please do not hesitate to contact us today!

About Wematter

Swedish 3D printing company Wematter’s pioneering solution gives hospitals, offices, and workshops access to a comprehensive system. For the first time, employees can easily print components themselves with the same strength and quality as traditional technology. Wematter’s proprietary end-to-end solution enables customers to accelerate product development and in-house volume production. At the same time, the system creates the conditions for increased flexibility, lower risk and reduced manufacturing and development costs.

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