Arburg Freeformer Machines Aid Production of Complex Functional Parts
RAPID 2020: Arburg’s two Freeformer machines, Freeformer 200-3X and Freeformer 300-3X use Arburg Plastic Freeforming (APF) to process original plastic granules in the production of complex functional parts.
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The 200-3X and 300-3X Freeformer machines enable Arburg to cover a broad spectrum in the industrial additive manufacturing of functional parts from original materials.
Arburg’s two Freeformer machines, Freeformer 200-3X and Freeformer 300-3X use Arburg Plastic Freeforming (APF) to process original plastic granules in the production of complex functional parts. The open system provides a cost-effective way of processing biocompatible, resorbable and sterilisable FDA-approved original plastic granulates – resulting in products such as custom-made orthoses and implants.
The two Freeformer 200-3X and 300-3X machines cater to a wide range of industrial additive manufacturing applications. While the Freeformer 200-3X is equipped with two nozzles as standard, the Freeformer 300-3X is able to process three components as a means of producing even complex functional parts in resilient hard/soft combinations with support structures. The APF process operates on the basis of qualified standard granulates, which are the same as those used for injection moulding. Users have the option of processing their own original materials and optimising droplet size as well as process control with the open Freeformer system. Alternatively, they can access Arburg's material database of reference materials.
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