Controlling the Flow of Granulates for 3D Printing

Manufacturers have been using industrial 3D printers for more than thirty years. Originally, industrial 3D printers were used primarily for rapid prototyping and the manufacture of final products. Today, industrial 3D printers have moved beyond manufacturing constraints and they have become critical to the economic production of parts and machine components.

These 3D printing processes and technologies have enabled users to overcome design complexity challenges, and they can all offer cheap mass production for various applications.

Many different materials are used for this 3D printing purpose. The material is built up layer by layer using a robot arm with an attached nozzle to create the desired form or the designed product. The flow of the materials is controlled using a type of valve.

Contour crafting is similar to 3D printing but on a much larger scale. Digitally designed buildings are contoured layer by layer using a spray nozzle controlled by a computer.

AKO Pinch Valves control the supply and dosing of the special concrete that is applied via the spray nozzles.


Pinch Valves Handle Highly Wearing Materials

A long service life is guaranteed with AKO Pinch Valves, due to their anti-abrasive and robust internal rubber sleeve. Even with coarse, sharp-edged media, the rubber sleeve of the pinch valve shuts off and doses aggressive media with ease.

The smooth interior of the valve sleeve and the way the opening and closing mechanism changes its surface means that any deposits and encrustations on the valve are immediately released and removed, ensuring that the valve does not clog.

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