Arburg plans to showcase the additive production of functional plastic components made from qualified original materials at TCT Asia. Arburg will present its two 200-3X freeformers processing medical TPE-S and flame-proof PC for applications in the medical technology and electronics industries. As an example, several dozen components will also be demonstrated to show the capabilities of Arburg Plastic Freeforming (APF).
Lukas Pawelczyk, responsible for global freeformer sales at Arburg, said, “The market for additive manufacturing is growing rapidly and offers an interesting production technology solution to complement injection moulding. With our decades of know-how in plastics processing and our two freeformers in sizes 200-3X and 300-3X, we offer attractive solutions for both experts and newcomers to additive production using the APF process.”
The APF process, ideally suitable for industrial additive manufacturing of functional components such as individual plastic parts for consumer goods, spare parts made of original materials and implants for medical technology. TPE-S (Medalist MD 12130H), approved by FDA, with Shore A hardness 32 can only be processed on the freeformer. Arburg will show its machine at TCT Asia 2019 producing soft medical components with the aid of support material. In addition, the second 200-3X freeformer will process aerospace-approved PC with flame-proof properties (Lexan 940) for applications in the electronics industry.
Arburg’s new 300-3X freeformer can process even three components and therefore produce complex functional components in resilient hard/soft combinations with support structures, a unique to date within the industry. Production of the desired plastic parts in reproducible high part quality will be demonstrated with the pair of freeformers.