APF process

Unique material diversity

A key feature of ARBURG Plastic Freeforming (APF) is that the same qualified standard granulates as used for injection molding can be used. This means you can efficiently produce individual parts and small batches from original materials, but also individualize mass-produced items.

The freeformer system is equipped with a material preparation unit featuring a special plasticizing screw. Plasticizing is followed by freeforming without the use of a mold: a high frequency nozzle closure discharges tiny plastic droplets, which are applied very precisely by means of a moving part carrier. This enables your three-dimensional plastic parts to be built up layer-by-layer. This is even possible with multiple-component parts.
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Highlights

  • Versatile: use of inexpensive qualified standard granulates instead of expensive special materials
  • Unique: producing three-dimensional functional components from tiny plastic droplets without a mold
  • Industry: functional parts from original materials
  • Combinable: processing multiple components, e.g. in the movable hard/soft combination
  • Flexible: special support materials for unusual or complex 3D geometries

Technology

freeformer system
Our freeformer is designed as an open system. All the process parameters are freely programmable – from the settings for the geometrical slicing through to the discharge of the droplets. This allows you to optimize parts individually and to process your own materials.
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