freeformer system

No mold required for a fully functional part

Our freeformer uses ARBURG Plastic Freeforming (APF) to produce functional plastic parts from qualified standard granulate on the basis of 3D CAD data. It is suitable for the industrial additive manufacturing of one-off parts and multi-variant small-volume batches and for individualizing high-volume parts.

On the basis of around 60 years of expertise in plastics processing and machine construction, we have developed the freeformer and APF in-house – for comprehensive production efficiency. This innovative solution offers greater freedom in the choice, combination and processing of plastics, including individualized production batches as well as a dust-free production environment.

Highlights

  • Functional parts are produced rapidly with qualified standard granulates, from 3D CAD data without a mold
  • Clocked nozzle closure with piezo technology ensures high part quality
  • Component carrier with linear motors for complex 3D geometries
  • Standard: two component freeformer for different colours, hard/soft combination, water-soluble supporting structures
  • Intuitive operation using hand gestures on the high-quality multi-touch screen

Here’s how it works

ARBURG Plastic Freeforming (APF)
Unlike conventional additive manufacturing techniques, with ARBURG Plastic Freeforming (APF), qualified standard granulates are melted as in the injection molding process. The freeformer uses tiny droplets of plastic to build the part on the basis of 3D CAD data.
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Application examples

Office scissors
The freeformer additively applies three-dimensional personalized lettering in PP onto office scissors. Mass-produced items can be individualized without the use of a mold in this fashion using ARBURG Plastic Freeforming (APF). At a layer height of 0.21 mm, the construction time is only around 2 min.
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Bellows
A freeformer with two discharge units can combine different materials. For the additive manufacturing of flexible bellows from elastic TPU, the second discharge unit is used to construct a water-soluble supporting structure.

Sliding lock
The freeformer additively manufactures functional parts with complex geometries using supporting structures that can subsequently be removed with ease. One example is a two-piece sliding lock, a spare part made from ABS, which is installed in ALLROUNDER injection molding machines.

LED light holder
The 230 x 135 x 250 mm construction chamber of the freeformer not only enables the production of one-off parts, but also of fully-functional small-volume batches. One example are 60 holders for LED lights made from ABS.