When oxygen is allowed to permeate the 3D printing process, it can cause oxidation and discoloration, which negatively impacts the finished product. However, with the help of nitrogen from an on-site generator, you can eliminate oxygen and improve the overall quality of your product.
How 3D Printing with Nitrogen Improves the Additive Manufacturing Process
Additive manufacturing involves using a laser to lay down layers of plastic, metal, or composite material in order to create a final product. Oxygen can disrupt this process by causing sheets of oxidation to form. However, when nitrogen is added, it displaces the oxygen and creates a completely inert environment that doesn’t interact with the laser or the material that is being used to make the product.
Nitrogen generators work by taking in atmospheric air, extracting the nitrogen, and releasing all of the oxygen and other gases. This creates a constant supply of pure nitrogen. Generators provide many benefits to the 3D printing process, including: