Plast Platinum Award 2015 for Arburg's Freeformer
On 27 May 2015, at the specialist Plastpol trade fair in Kielce, Arburg GmbH + Co KG, Lossburg, Germany, was awarded the Plast Platinum Award medal in the plastics processing machines and systems category. This trade-fair award, which is presented annually, honors the development and implementation of ground-breaking technologies as well as economic and ecological innovations.
The award winners are selected from numerous submissions and bestowed in a variety of categories. This year, the independent panel of judges comprising eminent specialists from the Polish plastics community met under the chairmanship of Prof. Marek Bielinsky of the Bydgoszcz University of Science and Technology. Arburg has been awarded one of the coveted medals in the area of innovations to plastics processing machines and systems for the Freeformer as the most innovative system for industrial additive manufacturing of fully functional one-off parts of multi-variant small-volume batches. Dr. Slamowir Sniady, Managing Director of Arburg Polska Sp. z o o. accepted the award for the Freeformer.
With the Arburg Plastic Freeforming process, fully functional parts can be manufactured additively from conventional standard plastic granulates based on 3-D CAD data without a mold. Similarly to injection molding, the granulate is first melted in a plasticizing cylinder and the part is then built up layer-by-layer from tiny droplets. The discharge unit with the nozzle remains stationary and it is the part carrier which moves along several axes.
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