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Arburg Launches Bigger, Softer 3D Printers Ahead of Formnext 2022 – 3DPrint.com

Arbourg, the German injection molding giant, has been in the business of 3D printing for several years. In addition to manufacturing its Freeformer pellet printers which are built like a tank, it also acquired Germany’s RepRap and spun it into the innovatiQ line, a series of gantry material extrusion printers. Previously, Arburg demonstrated it was serious about 3D printing by opening a center in Shanghai and introducing Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) with PEEK.

Freemformer 3D Printer with 2.5X Build Volume

The company now reveals that it will showcase a new Freeformer system, along with the latest innovatiQ 3D printer, at Formnext 2022. The Freeformer line relies on extruding pellets on a moving motion table, creating parts with material properties of high quality with low material cost. However, print times can be slow and components feel a little rougher than those made with other technologies. It is an industrial tool intended to print parts.

The Freeformer 300-3X

Now, Arburg is launching its 750-3X printer, which has 2.5 times more build volume than the previous model at 330 x 230 x 230mm. During this time, the air flow and circulation are supposed to be kept stable in the system. The printer also has “fuse pressure generators optimized for metering and injection, which use servo motors from AMKmotion”, an Arburg company. Additionally, the company has improved 3D mesh printing by speeding up this process by 55%. This will greatly expand the capabilities of the Freeformer range.

The Freeformer 200-3X

In addition, the company offers the Freeformer 200-3X, a “soft” 3D printer that has a reduced price compared to its predecessor. This machine has equipment optimized for soft parts, including integrated material drying, which is necessary for processing soft materials. The company will also showcase parts that combine soft and hard materials and high-temperature parts. Traditionally, soft materials have been difficult to print by material extrusion. Additionally, the company has a new innovatiQ TiQ2 printer, a filament-based system for industrial applications.

Arburg to Formnext

At Formnext, Arburg will be present in hall 12.1 at stand D61, about which Dr. Victor Roman, Managing Director of ARBURGadditive said: “As a world leading trade fair, Formnext is one of the most important trade fairs for us. and our markets. , That’s why we’ll be there with a big enough presence.

Last year, Arburg was indeed very present at Formnext. It’s good that a traditional injection molding company is so interested in our industry. Arburg has extensive experience in polymers and melting thermoplastics. It also makes machines that really last a long time. The company also has an extensive list of clients with whom it has longstanding relationships.

The architecture of Arburg’s system is quite new and thus has hindered its adoption so far. For particular geometries, the company has a very solid offer. By focusing on soft materials, it could offer strong value propositions in this area. This can be done on both its Freeformers and its innovatiQ systems, which include machines for use with traditional filament and others optimized for liquid dispensing. This allows these systems to print silicone, a potentially very lucrative market.

By focusing on pellets, Arburg showed us early on that it was willing to give up margins to compete in our industry and gain market share. The company is also more than willing to see things from a customer perspective and realize that high filament costs will keep our industry in its infancy. This core idea makes me truly grateful for Arburg’s continued development in 3D printing.