Additive Manufacturing

ARBURG Plastic Freeforming – boundless freedom

Unlike conventional additive manufacturing techniques, with ARBURG Plastic Freeforming (AKF) standard granulates are melted as in the injection moulding process. The freeformer produces layer by layer from minuscule droplets. The discharge unit with nozzle remains stationary, while the component carrier moves.

The globally unique AKF process makes use of 3D CAD files, which are read in directly by the freeformer. After start-up, everything else takes place automatically. A nozzle closure with piezo technology builds up the desired component layer by layer from minuscule plastic droplets. During this process, the item under construction is moved by a component carrier with three or five axes.

Highlights

  • Unique: fully functional parts are created with minuscule plastic droplets, without a mould
  • Versatile: low-cost standard granulates are used instead of expensive special materials
  • No support structures: stationary discharge unit and moving component carrier for complex 3D geometries
  • Combinable: AKF is also suitable for processing two components, e.g. in moving hard/soft combinations
  • Effortless: parts are automatically built up layer by layer on the basis of 3D CAD files

Technology

Machine
Our unique freeformer produces fully functional plastic parts using the new additive manufacturing process ARBURG Plastic Freeforming (AKF) from 3D CAD files, from standard granulates and without a mould. It offers boundless freedom for the efficient production of individual parts and small-volume batches.
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