The Freeformer from ARBURG. The tool-free production of plastic parts made of original materials is possible with this invention. As with 3D printing, the 3D CAD data is read in and disassembled. The desired part is then built up layer by layer. However, the Freeformer, which is designed for industrial additive manufacturing, can do much more than a 3D printer: it melts commercially available plastic granules and produces functional components individually or in small batches from the tiniest drops. The Freeformer operates free of dust and emissions. Thus, the individual parts production without injection mold from batch size 1 is flexible and economically possible. The space of the Freeformer offers space for parts up to 154 x 134 x 230 millimeters. Since the system is equipped with two dispensing units, the second unit can be used for an additional component, for example. To manufacture a component in hard-soft.
The AKF process (ARBURG plastic freeforming) and the Freeformer were specifically designed as an open system. This gives the freedom to individually optimize the process and the properties of the additively manufactured components as well as to qualify and process the own materials. The following materials are already processed in the Freeformer:
ABS, PA, PC, TPE, PP, PMMA, SEBS, PLLA