Sealed Metal Powder Transfer System Contains Toxic Materials to Eliminate Safety Risk

Volkmann PowTReX automatically prevents hazmat exposure, company reports.

Volkmann PowTReX automatically prevents hazmat exposure, company reports.

PowTReX metal powder transfer system from 3D printing equipment manufacturer Volkmann USA. Image courtesy of Volkmann.


The PowTReX metal powder transfer system from 3D printing equipment manufacturer Volkmann USA, Bristol, PA, automatically transfers metal powders from storage to printers within a fully enclosed conveying system to eliminate the potential for dangerous contact between workers and toxic materials.

Featuring pneumatic vacuum conveying technology, the PowTReX system safely loads virgin material into one or more printers at the press of a button and recovers unused material without spillage or the release of airborne particulates into the workplace.

The automated powder handling system also eliminates use of forklifts to transfer heavy containers to the printer and manual removal of overspill after printing.

Often specified by 3D printer manufacturers as original equipment, the PowTReX system is explosion-proof by design and is suitable for use in hazardous environments without concern for ignitable powders or combustible dust explosions, in inert and non-inert conditions, the company reports. 

By containing the metal powders inside a sealed conveyor, the PowTReX system may eliminate the need for workers to wear gloves, goggles, and other PPE, and the need for costly industrial vacuums and other dust cleanup equipment.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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