Arburg Demonstrating Freeformer 3D Printers Live at Upcoming TCT Asia

Share this Article

Arburg Prototyping Center

German family-owned company Arburg had over 50 years of experience in building injection molding machines before it entered the 3D printing market in 2014 with the release of its industrial Freeformer 3D printer. Now the company is planning to showcase its patented Arburg Plastic Freeforming (APF) technology at next month’s TCT Asia, which is the largest additive manufacturing exhibition in all of Asia.

APF is perfect for industrial 3D printing functional components, including medical implants, plastic components for consumer goods, and spare parts, and is also particularly well-suited for automated use by robotic systems in production lines. An important feature of APF technology is that it can use the same qualified standard granulates from injection molding processes, so you can produce individual parts and small batches from original materials more efficiently, as well as individualize mass-produced items.

“The market for additive manufacturing is growing rapidly and offers an interesting production technology solution to complement injection moulding. With our decades of know-how in plastics processing and our two freeformers in sizes 200-3X and 300-3X, we offer attractive solutions for both experts and newcomers to additive production using the APF process,” said Arburg’s Lukas Pawelczyk, who is responsible for global sales of the Freeformer 3D printer.

At the Arburg Prototyping Center (APC), located in the company’s Lossburg headquarters, multiple Freeformer 3D printers are always hard at work, manufacturing benchmark parts for potential customers; the same thing occurs at Arburg’s worldwide subsidiaries. The company makes sure that before any prospective client purchases one of its systems, it conducts preliminary trials in order to find out if the technology is well-suited for the desired application, material, and part.

Arburg’s 200-3X Freeformer includes two discharge units for efficient industrial 3D printing, while its new 300-3X Freeformer – nearly 50% larger than the 200 – can process three components at once, which means it can produce complex functional components, with support structures, in both hard and soft combinations; a unique capability in the 3D printing industry, to be sure.

3X refers to the X, Y, and Z axes, while the 300 in the name stands for the part carrier surface area in square centimeters. The 300-3X’s build chamber has space for bigger small-volume batches, and can also handle parts that are 50% wider – up to 234 x 134 x 230 mm.

At the show, Arburg will have two of its 200-3X Freeformers working to process flame-proof PC and FDA-approved medical TPE-S materials for electronics and medical applications, in addition to showcasing functional plastic components already manufactured from qualified original materials. The systems will be busy demonstrating how they can fabricate plastic parts with reproducible part quality.

According to Arburg, the TPE-S Medalist MD 12130H material, with Shore A hardness 32, can only be processed on its Freeformer 3D printer, and will be fabricating soft medical components live during TCT Asia. The additional 200-3X Freeformer will be used to process aerospace-approved PC material Lexan 940, with flame-proof properties, for electronics applications.

Mask seals 3D printed on the Freeformer

The Freeformer can also be connected to an MES like the Arburg ALS host computer system, which makes it possible to integrate the system directly into IT-networked production lines. Additionally, the system makes it possible to trace the quality parameters and process back to a specific part.

In addition to running its Freeformer systems live at the show, Arburg will also be exhibiting several functional parts made by the 3D printers to show off its capabilities. Some of the parts on display will include cable clips made from PP, bellows made out of elastic TPE, transparent test discs made from PMMA, and gripper fingers in hard/soft combinations. Two interactive stations will be set up at the company’s booth, and visitors will have the opportunity to test the durability and functionality of selected parts, like PP screw caps, skull implants made out of resorbable PLLA and a thin, elastic “spider membrane” made from medical TPE-S material.

Come see the Freeformers for yourself at Arburg’s stand D60 in hall W5 at TCT Asia, which will be held in Shanghai from February 21-23.

Discuss this news and other 3D printing topics at 3DPrintBoard.com or share your thoughts in the Facebook comments below.

[Images: Arburg]
Facebook Comments

Share this Article


Related Articles

Join the RAPID + TCT OPENING EVENT & THOUGHT LEADERSHIP PANEL DISCUSSIONS May 20th

Interview With Kevin Neugebauer of myprintoo on 3D Printing in Germany



Categories

3D Design

3D Printed Art

3D Printed Food

3D Printed Guns


You May Also Like

3D Printing News Briefs: April 24, 2019

We’re starting out with some business news today, and then moving on to education, before highlighting a heartwarming story with a 3D printing element. First, CRP Technology is adding a...

Fraunhofer IGD’s Cuttlefish Helped Bring Life to 3D Printed Faces in LAIKA’s Latest Film

Just a few short days ago, the latest stop-motion animation film from Oregon-based LAIKA Studio, Missing Link, opened in US theaters, with the theatrical release in Germany coming next month....

3D Printing News Briefs: April 3, 2019

To kick off this week’s first edition of 3D Printing News Briefs, we’ve got a fun project to share with you, before moving on to events, business, education, and software....

TCT Asia: Ultimaker Introduces Cloud-Based Platform and New 3D Printing Material Alliance Program Partners

The TCT Asia show began today in Shanghai, and desktop 3D printing leader Ultimaker is one of the attendees. The Dutch company made some important announcements at the event today,...


Training


Shop

View our broad assortment of in house and third party products.


Print Services

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Join our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates from our 3DPrint.com.

You have Successfully Subscribed!