Innovative products – cost-efficient, economical with materials and with a low carbon footprint? Pioneering lightweight construction processes have great potential.
Reducing part weight while maintaining or improving mechanical properties is your ambitious goal. And fiber-reinforced or foamed parts are two possible solutions.
How to make significant cost savings? Through optimized part design, reduced weight and the combination of different lightweight construction processes and materials.
ARBURG is your partner. And active in networks that develop and optimize processes and materials. In addition to the technology, we also offer comprehensive technical advice.
Benefits of the FDC process
Combining carbon or glass fiber rovings and plastics such as PP, PA, PET and PC/ABSs is up to 40% cheaper than special glass fiber-reinforced PBT, for example.
The FDC process is fully integrated in the control system and dedicated symbols enable the process to be programmed easily and flexibly.
A special screw geometry enables gentle preparation of the melt and a high proportion of long fibers in the part. With an additional thermoplastic cylinder module, the ALLROUNDER can also be used for conventional injection molding.
Continuous fiber strands are cut to the desired size via the lateral feeder and fed directly into the liquid melt. Mechanical part properties can be selectively influenced.
Fibre direct compounding
With the FDC process, you are free to choose the fiber length and proportion, meaning that you can selectively influence the part properties. The benefits for you? You can substitute more expensive materials and produce lightweight yet resilient parts.
Combining MuCell® and chemical foams creates cups that are very light, have excellent insulation properties, and can be easily recycled after multiple use.
Cable drive housings made from PP with 30% long glass fibers (incinerated on the left) produced in the FDC process have a resilience similar to that of parts made from PBT and are also 30% lighter.
If gas or water is introduced into the mold cavity using fluid injection technology (FIT), cavities can be created in the part. This significantly reduces materials and cycle time.