ARBURG at rapid + TCT 2019

freeformer 300-3X overseas for the first time

ARBURG will present its large freeformer 300-3X overseas for the first time: The new machine can be seen from 21 to 23 May 2019 at rapid + TCT in Detroit (Michigan, USA). In hall C, stand 1253, the freeformer will produce resilient gripper fingers in a hard/soft combination made of ABS, TPE and support material.

freeformer 300-3X overseas for the first time
"We will be demonstrating the great progress we have made in ARBURG Plastic Freeforming (APF) at rapid + TCT. Our highlight is the freeformer 300-3X – the world's first machine capable of additively manufacturing resilient hard/soft combinations with support structure from three components", emphasizes Lukas Pawelczyk, Head of Freeformer Sales at ARBURG.

Resilient hard/soft combinations made of three components
The freeformer 300-3X with three discharge units opens up a host of completely new applications. The exhibit at rapid + TCT 2019 will produce movable gripper fingers made of ABS, TPE and support material – in a single step and without requiring additional assembly effort.
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A wide range for industrial additive manufacturing
The APF process is particularly suitable for industrial additive manufacturing of functional components. This includes individual plastic parts for consumer goods, spare parts made of original materials and implants for medical technology. FDA-approved TPE-S (Medalist MD 12130H) with Shore A hardness 32 can only be processed on the freeformer. In Detroit, a freeformer 200-3X with two discharge units will process the material to produce components with honeycomb structures that could be used for lightweight construction or as filter elements, for example.
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Numerous components and interactive stations
Trade visitors to rapid + TCT 2019 can also gain an impression of the capabilities of the freeformer exhibits based on numerous functional parts. Exhibited parts will include cable clips made from PP, transparent test discs made from PMMA and bellows made from elastic TPE. Two interactive stations will be available where trade visitors can test the functionality and durability of selected functional parts for themselves. These will include a very thin and elastic "spider membrane" made of medical TPE-S, screw caps made of PP and skull implants made of resorbable PLLA.
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