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ROSLER METAL FINISHING

SPECIAL SECTION

rosler works closely with
renowned additive equipment
manufacturers, as well as producers
of various additive parts.

Expert Service
rosler metal finishing provides the most extensive
portfolio in mass finishing and shot blasting.
Rosler Metal Finishing USA is a
global leader in the field of shot blasting and mass finishing equipment,
media and compounds. With its long
history and expertise in finishing
parts from medical, automotive, aerospace, hardware and jewelry, Rosler
has earned the reputation of being at
the forefront of emerging technologies, including additive manufacturing (AM), or 3-D printing.
For several years now, the Battle
Creek, Mich.-based company has
developed processes for the surface

treatment of AM parts. This not only
includes machines, but also specially
formulated finishing media and compounds that are fine-tuned for the
needs of AM, says Brett Eldridge, sales
manager of mass finishing equipment.
He adds that Rosler is not only working closely with renowned additive
equipment manufacturers, but also
with producers of additive parts and
various research organizations in the
field. "Rosler's global network of test
centers, in conjunction with its R&D
department and a dedicated staff for

additive manufacturing processes,
have successfully developed finishing
processes for AM work pieces from
various industries," he says.
Eldridge notes that these include
surface finishing of cranial plates
in an FKS high-energy centrifugal
disk-finishing machine. "During this
three-stage process, precisely defined
surface areas on these implants undergo a surface grinding and smoothing operation," Eldridge explains.
"Likewise, for the aerospace industry,
a method for finishing AM-produced
turbine blades was developed. Rosler has also successfully developed
processes for finishing shift levers on
e-bikes, mold core of injection molding tools, heat exchangers and sensor
housings, just to name but a few."
Its ability to provide equipment,
media and compounds, along with
the process expertise of its global test
centers and R&D departments, positions Rosler to develop finishing solutions "for today's and tomorrow's AM
finishing challenges," he continues.

Evolving Industry
In recent years the technical characteristics of AM, including production
technologies, production units and
materials, have undergone rapid development. However, post-processing
of additive manufactured parts still
poses a technical challenge for most
manufacturers, according to Eldridge.
"It is often an afterthought," he says.
"In addition to machining, surface finishing is one of the most challenging
processes. Fortunately, in many cases
mass finishing and shot blasting have
been effective in creating the required
surface finishes on additive-manufac-

Rosler Metal Finishing / www.rosler.us / HQ:Battle Creek, Mich. / Specialty: Mass finishing and shot blasting / Brett Eldridge, sales manager
of mass finishing equipment: "Rosler is dedicated to developing finishing solutions for today's and tomorrow's AM finishing challenges."

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