"For many years, users have appreciated the benefits of our Freeformer 200-3X and the possibilities that the system and Arburg Plastic Freeforming have to offer," says Lukas Pawelczyk, who has been responsible for Freeformer sales worldwide since July 2018. "As a revolutionary next step, we're celebrating the world premiere of the Freeformer 300-3X at the Formnext 2018, which will expand the Arburg product range and open up new fields of application. For the first time worldwide, complex and resilient functional parts can be produced from three components in hard/soft combination with support structure using this machine for industrial additive manufacturing - that's unique in the industry."
Space for larger partsWith the Freeformer 300-3X, the designation 300 stands for the available part carrier surface area in square centimetres. This is just under 50 percent larger than on the Freeformer 200-3X. The build chamber now offers space for larger small-volume batches and 50 percent wider parts with dimensions of up to 234 x 134 x 200 millimetres. "3X" stands for the moving axes of the part carrier in the x, y and z directions.
Build chamber designed for automationA two-part build chamber door is a new feature on the Freeformer 300-3X. This enables the feed hoppers, for example, to be refilled during ongoing operation by opening the top half of the door. The heated build chamber now only needs to be opened for inserting the part platform and removing the finished parts. Automatic opening and closing of the build chamber door, as well as optional interfaces, also enable automation of the additive manufacturing process and integration of the Freeformer in complete production lines.