The Rapid+TCT 3D printing trade show will be held in Chicago from May 2 to 4, 2023. A highlight at Arburg’s booth 3812 (West Hall) is the Freeformer 750-3X, which is making its North American debut. The industrial 3D printer with a large build envelope works quickly, precisely and economically and is predestined for functional components in hard-soft joints. A Freeformer 300-3X in high-temperature design processes aerospace-qualified Ultem live into air ducts. Three other exhibits from innovatiQ round out ARBURGadditive’s broad AM product portfolio.
“Rapid+TCT is one of the important trade fairs for industrial 3D printing and is an excellent platform for increasing our brand awareness and presenting our machine highlight, the large Freeformer 750-3X, for the first time in North America,” says Dr Victor Roman, Managing Director of ARBURGadditive. “We will also be exhibiting our complete portfolio – from fast and economical 3D printing of prototypes for accelerated time-to-market to additive processing of sophisticated original materials into resilient, traceable functional components for the aerospace, automotive and medical industries, for example.”
North American Premiere for the Freeformer 750-3X
The Freeformer 750-3X is making its North American debut. At 750 square centimeters, this largest industrial 3D printer from Arburg has a build envelope around 2.5 times larger than the Freeformer 300-3X – while maintaining the same external dimensions. This means it can produce larger functional components or manufacture small batches industrially using additive manufacturing. In addition, data preparation and the Gestica control system developed and manufactured by Arburg itself have been further optimized in terms of process stability, component quality and build time. The result is significantly reduced costs per component.
At rapid+tct, a Freeformer 750-3X will demonstrate a typical automotive application. The exhibit uses support material to produce a seal made of soft TPU. The component is used for passenger car window panes.
3D printing for aerospace and medical technology
A second freeformer exhibit of the 300-3X size is producing components for the aerospace industry at rapid+tct 2023. On this machine in a high-temperature version, the installation space can be heated to up to 200 degrees Celsius. The exhibit processes the original high-temperature plastic Ultem 9085, which is approved for aerospace applications, into air duct prototypes for aircraft cabins. Furthermore, Arburg will present numerous component examples at its booth, including those made of TPE, PP and multi-material designs, as well as the possibility of finishing and polishing in subsequent machining processes. The fact that the Freeformer is cleanroom compatible with just a few adjustments and can process medically approved original materials can be seen in the example of customer iMedScreening, which is using a Freeformer 300-3X to additively manufacture individual implants for the human knee as part of an IRB (Institutional Review Board) study.
3D printers from innovatiQ round out product portfolio
With the innovatiQ exhibits TiQ 2, TiQ 5 and LiQ 5, which will produce a vacuum gripper from fiber-reinforced filament, a mount from PC and a tire model from LSR live at rapid+tct, ARBURGadditive’s entire product portfolio will be on display this year. Arburg Kunststoff-Freiformen (AKF) with the Freeformer uses the same plastic granulates as injection molding. The printing systems from innovatiQ are also based on an open material platform. The TiQ series 3D printers process plastic filaments using fused filament fabrication (FFF) technology. The compact entry-level TiQ2 model is suitable for operating equipment and robotic grippers, for example, while the TiQ 5 can process demanding high-temperature filaments as well as fiber-reinforced materials. For 3D printing with liquid silicone, innovatiQ has invented Liquid Additive Manufacturing (LAM). With the actively heatable build chamber in the new LiQ 5 LSR printer, LAM technology takes a further development step.
The article is based on press material from ARBURG.
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