3D Printing – Additive Manufacturing, Mixing and Drying Technology

GEMCO offers engineered solutions for additive manufacturing mixing and drying equipment for rapid prototyping and production parts. GEMCO’s mixing and drying technology enables us to achieve superior homogeneity, final chemistry and flow properties of engineering-grade metallic, ceramic and plastic powders for AM powder manufacturers. We have over 100 years of experience with the powdered metal industry that no one else has.

 Mixing and drying has a direct correlation to the performance, strength and durability of 3D metal, ceramic and plastic based materials. Our additive manufacturing mixing and drying equipment can provide an excellent cost-effective and flexible alternative to designing and manufacturing 3D metallic, ceramic and plastic powders for high value components and critical applications in all of the AM powder markets.

Design aspects that are unique to AM powders include gas purging and coating. This process requires an internal filtering system that delivers the carrier to the powder and not to the exhaust system. Vacuum integrity is critical to eliminating contamination ingress to the product. While most manufacturers won’t discuss leakage rates, it’s critical.

The key to our success is the proven tumble technology pioneered by GEMCO for 100 years. Our experience as the No. 1 mixer in the Pharmaceutical industry and trusted by the F.D.A. has let us become the leader in blending science and technology. Our unique design facilitates the reaction, homogenizing, drying, cooling and reclamation processes all in one machine. This equipment represents the shortest processing for AM metallic, ceramic and plastic powder mixing and drying. Reclamation (the act of returning used product to its former state to be re-used again) allows for the re-use of expensive unused portion of the AM powders without the need to purchase additional equipment. Waste is significantly reduced.

Our AM mixing and drying equipment has a range of features that include:

*Tough, proven design guarantees outstanding service life and reliability; lower maintenance costs

*Vacuum drying; allows process to proceed faster and at lower temperatures

*Lot sizes ranging from 10 kg to 1800 kg with full traceability of the different batches blended; accommodates lab to large scale production

*316 stainless steel contact parts with Pharma grade finishes; prevents lot-to-lot contamination

If you are looking to develop new or improved processes for your powders, The GEMCO Tech Center is a large proto-type to production facility. It’s the only facility that can proto-type and then scale-up your process before you buy a machine! GEMCO has the expertise and equipment to bridge the gap between prototyping and manufacturing.

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    GEMCO has always been a family owned business, with family values, and so we don’t like to brag about ourselves. We’ll let the fact that we have an installed base of thousands of powder blending and drying units in 37 countries around the world speak for itself. We’ve built our company’s culture around innovation.