Premiere: Additive processing for standard PP and Armat 12Many injection moulding customers at the Fakuma 2017 were also interested in additive manufacturing. Because using theFreeformer and Arburg Plastic Freeforming, the original materials used in injection moulding can be utilised. Furthermore, the user remains independent of the pre-defined settings and can carry out individual part and process optimisations.
For the first time, the open system additively processed the semi-crystalline standard PP (Moplen) and the new Armat 12 support material to form functional components. The delicate yet durable cable clips had the click effect typical of injection moulded parts.
Innovative applications and turnkey solutionsArburg brought two automated applications for the automotive industry to the trade fair: A hydraulic two-component Allrounder 470 S produced steering wheel covers for car interiors. The PC component ensures the required part strength, while the surface made from PC/ABS can be selectively galvanised downstream. A special feature was the 100-percent quality control with the aid of a thermal imaging camera integrated directly in the mould.
The second automotive component was a ring gear made from PA 6 (GF 40) for small planetary gear sets. The technical component was produced on an Allrounder 370 E Golden Electric which represents the electric entry-level machine series. This individual turnkey solution also involved 100-percent inline quality control with visual inspection, in this case after part removal.