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Arburg to exhibit Freeformer and high-speed machine at T-Plas 2015

Source:Ringier Plastics

Date Published:8/12/2015 05:08:36 PM

Freeformer on view live in Thailand for the first time, while Hybrid Allrounder produces 24 closures in only 3 seconds

From 26 to 29 August, at the T-Plas 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand (Hall 101, stand C01), Arburg will exhibit its high-end injection molding machine as well as the Freeformer for additive manufacturing to cover the entire production spectrum from one-off parts to mass-produced items.  

With a hybrid Allrounder 570 H in the “Packaging” version, the company is set to present an injection molding application designed for high volume production in the packaging industry. The efficient high-speed machine produces 24 water bottle closures in only 3 seconds, according to David Chan, Managing Director of Arburg Singapore and responsible for the entire ASEAN region.  

This efficient high-speed machine from the Hidrive series offers high productivity and reduced energy requirements for applications in the beverage industry. The exhibit, which features a clamping force of 1,800 kN and a size 800 injection unit, operates with a 24 cavity mould from Z-moulds. The high-quality closures weighing 1.25 grams are produced in a cycle time of around three seconds.

Arburg to exhibit Freeformer and high-speed machine at T-Plas 2015

The highlight on Arburg exhibition stand this year will be the Freeformer. Using the Arburg Plastic Freeforming process, the innovative system additively manufactures design and functional samples from standard plastics based on 3D CAD data, without the need for a mould. "We will demonstrate this based on the example of spray heads and gear cards," Mr. Chan said.

The Freeformer initially melts conventional granulates in a plasticizing cylinder, similarly to injection molding. A second discharge unit can be used for an additional component, for example to produce a part in different colors, with special tactile qualities, or as a hard/soft combination.

At the T-Plas 2015, the Freeformer will, for example combine a standard ABS granulate with a special support material. The supporting structures used during the additive manufacturing of the gear cards and spray heads for cosmetics containers can be subsequently removed in a water bath.

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