"As well as quality and functionality, a machine's design is becoming increasingly important in the purchasing decision," insists Herbert Kraibühler. The former Managing Director Technology & Engineering pushed the development of the Freeformer over the past ten years and, as of April 2014, advises Arburg on plastic freeforming. The Freeformer and Arburg Plastic Freeforming (AKF), which celebrated their world premiere at the K 2013, mark Arburg's entry into the future-oriented market for industrial additive manufacturing.
Future-oriented industrial designThe machine manufacturer entrusted the design to Design Tech in Ammerbuch and its proprietor Jürgen R. Schmid. The industrial design expert’s remit was to pay particular attention to the recognisability, future sustainability and uniqueness of the Freeformer, as well as aesthetics and functionality. The results of the designer's work include an easily accessible construction chamber with pivoting glass front, easy operation options and a fold-out PC with multi-touch screen mounted on the side. The high-visibility on/off switch also functions as an emergency-stop switch. In addition, care was taken to ensure that the Freeformer would fit through standard room doors.
The clear, soft lines of the housing are reminiscent of modern telecommunication devices and are well suited for use in a design studio or laboratory environment. The fact that the overall concept is successful in visual terms is evidenced not only by the positive feedback from customers and interested parties, but also by winning the Red Dot Award seal of quality.