Freeformer System Offers Flexibility in Prototyping
With so much happening in a busy show year between NPE2018 and Amerimold 2018, MoldMaking Technology is revisiting some of the technology that was on display. In case you missed it: Arburg says that its Freeformer customers can qualify their own materials using the APF process and optimize process parameters to the application at hand.
With a freeformer and numerous functional parts, Arburg demonstrated at NPE2018 that Arburg Plastic Freeforming (APF) is suitable for prototyping and industrial additive manufacturing of functional parts. Freeformer customers can qualify their own materials using the APF process and optimize process parameters to the application at hand. Arburg says that an enormous advantage in this context is that certified original materials can be used. In addition to amorphous standard granules such as ABS, PA and PC, the company’s range of qualified materials includes elastic TPE, medical-grade PLLA, PC that is approved for the aerospace industry and semi-crystalline PP.
Collaboration is the name of the game, as more than 60 North American mold builders showcased their capabilities in shared demonstrations across the show floor.
This week, I use a hypothetical scenario in which a maker of wood-based products sells sticks to be used as tongue depressors, popsicle sticks and craft sticks to demonstrate targeted product writing.
Cruise through this week’s slideshow to see more of what’s coming up at NPE2018.