Arburg Wins People’s Choice Award
Rapid + TCT 2019: Great Success for German Machine Manufacturer
From 21 to 23 May 2019, more than 400 exhibitors and around 7,000 trade visitors came to Detroit, MI, to attend the Rapid + TCT, the most influential additive manufacturing event in North America. The German machine manufacturer from Lossburg presented itself with a stand covering 150 square metres.
According to the press release, the public was convinced by the two Freeformer exhibits, interactive stations and functional components and chose Arburg as one of the three best exhibitors. “To us, the Rapid + TCT is one of world's three important trade fairs for additive manufacturing. However, in this field we are still relatively unknown in the USA, contrary to our Allrounder injection moulding machines. Therefore we are particularly proud that our exhibition stand and the two Freeformers impressed the people in Detroit” states Lukas Pawelczyk, who is responsible for global Freeformer sales at Arburg.
Captivated by the Possibilities
The Rapid + TCT 2019 marked the first appearance of the Freeformer 300-3X in America. The three-component machine produced complex movable gripper fingers made of ABS, TPE and support material – in a single step and without requiring additional assembly effort. The second exhibit, a Freeformer 200-3X with two discharge units, turned TPE (Medalist MD 12130H) with Shore A hardness 32 into components with a flexible honeycomb structure. The Freeformer is currently the only machine capable of this kind of additive manufacturing of resilient hard/soft combinations and processing of very soft original TPE.
“The trade visitors were unanimously captivated by the possibilities that our open system offers – in particular the diverse range of materials and the way in which the Freeformer can be used to produce own original plastics,” reports Martin Neff, Head of Plastic Freeforming. (bf)
Arburg was founded in Lossburg/Black Forest (GER) in 1923. Nowadays it is represented at three locations in the USA. The headquarters are in Rocky Hill (Connecticut), where a Freeformer is also available for training and for manufacturing benchmark components. There are also two Arburg Technology Centers (ATC) in Irvine/California, and in Elgin (Illinois).
Like all Allrounder injection moulding machines, the Freeformers are produced centrally at the German headquarters in Lossburg, where a large Arburg Prototyping Center (APC) is also in operation. The Freeformer in the APC manufacture sample parts from qualified standard granulates around the clock. Thus the Arburg technology consultants can react to customer requests faster and can conduct trials to determine whether the Freeformer is actually suitable for the prospective customer's desired component, material and application.
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