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KraussMaffei enters the additive manufacturing market with two 3D printers at K 2022

KraussMaffei announced the launch of two polymer additive manufacturing systems at K.

The German injection molding equipment maker teased its entry into the 3D printing market in June, as reported by TCT’s sister publication, Interplas Insightsand with today’s debut in Düsseldorf, KraussMaffei CEO Dr. Michael Ruf says it’s “open additive manufacturing technology for industrial production.”

Dr Ruf said: “With our expertise gained in the series production of plastic parts, we design efficient system concepts and appropriate solutions for each component, regardless of technology. For us, this is to leverage our capacity for productivity, quality and efficiency in industrial plastics processing and its application to additive manufacturing solutions.”

Both machines, powerPrint and precisionPrint, are based on 3D printing processes using plastic pellets and resin and are intended for applications in the medical, construction and foundry markets.

Rolf Mack, Head of Additive Manufacturing, said: “The benefit for customers is twofold: optimal component properties are achieved at advantageous material costs; short setup times and the use of common software solutions for print preparation also enable rapid implementation from design components to print. In developing this, our focus was the optimal processing of application-specific thermoplastic materials to ensure production to industry standards.

The powerPrint uses extrusion-based technology to process thermoplastic pellets, including fibre-reinforced plastics, for the production of near net-shaped components up to 10m³ that can be printed and then milled. KraussMaffei says the system promises high discharge rates at fast print speeds.

The second system, PrecisionPrint, is based on stereolithography technology and is intended for “industrial-scale automated production” due to its high throughputs, surface quality and high resolution.

Mack added: “Production with almost no material loss and great design possibilities – we are bringing these advantages of additive manufacturing from prototyping to the industrial mass production of plastic components. Together with our customers, we are rethinking the factory concepts and find effective additive manufacturing solutions for a wide range of application areas.”

The company says it will enter beta testing with customers next year before launching the machines in the market.

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