Separating 3D-printed parts from bases

While many companies separate 3D-printed parts from their base plates using wire EDM, or even with a hammer and chisel, Edelstahl-Mechanik GmbH, a specialist in additive manufacturing, has found another solution: the Meba 3D 335 bandsaw.

Managing director and owner of Edelstahl-Mechanik, Josef Eisele, says: “Additively manufactured components can be cleanly separated from the base plate with the Meba bandsaw, without any damage to the components or base plate. We are very satisfied with the results.”

The Meba 3D 335 is based on the straight-cut MEBAeco 335 model, which is equipped with feed monitoring and a frequency-controlled ball-screw drive, while a special clamping device holds the 3D metal printing base plate. It is possible to move and align this base plate as desired via linear guides. The Meba 3D solution works with a two-column guided saw frame that is infinitely driven, with the potential to adjust cutting and feed speed very finely.

In combination with the right selection of bandsaw blades for the respective workpiece material, users can even separate filigree parts very precisely.

“The practical clamping system and the precise work of the bandsaw are convincing throughout,” states Eisele. “Compared with alternative solutions for separating the components, the Meba saw is not only time- and resource-efficient, but also cost-effective. In addition, the finished components are of very high quality.”

He adds: “As a further positive side effect, the saw can also be used for standard sawing tasks and is therefore the perfect complement to our 3D printer in the overall package.”

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