The industrial additive manufacturing of functional parts is highly demanding: It involves a wide range of original materials, material and colour combinations, as well as high part quality and strength. Individual settings options are required during the manufacturing process. That’s why the ARBURG Plastic Freeforming (APF) Freeformer 3D printer developed is the newest 3D printing technology in the market so far.
The Freeformer 3D printer is specifically built as an open system with tiny plastic droplets providing the basis for flexible adjustment options. The droplet size and process control can be influenced in a targeted manner. This gives you the freedom to individually optimise the properties of your additively manufactured parts and to process your own materials.
As the newest 3D printing technology, a key feature of ARBURG Plastic Freeforming (APF) Freeformer 3D printer is that the same qualified standard granulates as used for injection moulding can be used. This means you can efficiently produce individual parts and small batches from original materials, but also individualise mass-produced items.
- Open: free programming of process – from geometrical slicing to the discharge and positioning of the droplets
Versatile: use of inexpensive qualified standard granulates instead of expensive special materials
Flexible: special support materials for unusual or complex 3D geometries
Industrial: functional parts from original materials
Customised: different sizes with two or three discharge units
Unique: using qualified standard granulates to produce fully functional parts – as a complex, resilient hard/soft combination
High-quality: pulsed nozzle closure with piezo technology ensures high quality parts
Extensive: growing material database with process settings for various amorphous and semi-crystalline thermoplastics
Adaptable: modified original materials can be used quickly and easily, for example for the aerospace industry or in medical technology